Paul Merson agrees with pundits in matching Crystal Palace v Leeds United predictions

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Crystal Palace will host Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Sutton, Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson have all agreed on their predictions for Crystal Palace’s clash with Leeds United this weekend.

Both sides have failed to claim a win in the Premier League since August and each head into the match off the back of 0-0 stalemates.

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With the two clubs needing to find their form, it is Crystal Palace that the three pundits expect to come out on top on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his BBC Sport column, Sutton said: “I covered this fixture at the end of last season - it finished 0-0 and it wasn’t a great game.

“This one might not be a classic either but I am going to go with a Crystal Palace home win - they need it.”

It is Leeds that have come out on top in recent meetings between the two clubs, with the Eagles only claiming two wins over the Yorkshire club in their last 12 matches.

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Lawrenson, who described the Whites as ‘distinctly average’ to Paddy Power, claimed that Crystal Palace would ‘have enough’ to beat them at Selhurst Park.

Meanwhile, Merson made a more convincing prediction of Patrick Vieira’s team, telling sportskeeda: “Leeds United are stuck in a bit of a limbo, so I fancy Palace to get all three points.”

Both clubs will prepare for this weekend’s fixture without a number of stars, with the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and James McArthur potentially ruled out for the home side - however Joachim Andersen may return to the fold.

Leeds could be handed a disadvantage following Luis Sinisterra’s suspension, while they are also without Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw.

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Victory for the Eagles on Sunday could potentially see them overtake United into 12th place in the Premier League table.

Chris Sutton’s prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds

Mark Lawrenson’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Leeds

Paul Merson’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Leeds

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