Premier League Preview – Swansea City
This Bank Holiday weekend, Palace entertain Swansea City at Selhurst Park in a fixture that the Eagles will be seeking revenge after the Welshman did the double over the South Londoners last season.
Dutch boss Frank de Boer will be pleased to have got a win under his belt at the third time of asking as Palace boss after seeing off Ipswich Town in the League Cup in midweek. Run outs for both James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye following injury increase the competition for places in the starting eleven while youngsters Sullay KaiKai and Jason Lokilo got valuable minutes as their education continues.
The visitors to South London this weekend also enjoyed success in the cup with a convincing win at Milton Keynes Dons. While that was also the Swans first win of the new season, Paul Clement faces the tough task of replacing their former star man Gylfi Sigurdsson who has finally made his move to Goodison Park.
Both teams will be looking to build on their midweek cup wins by taking the confidence that a morale boosting win provides into the Premier League. Much will depend on the hosts continuing to adapt to the new style of play and formation but there was plenty of promise up at Anfield last weekend.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Wilfried Zaha (knee), Bakary Sako (muscle), Connor Wickham (knee) and Pape Souare (leg) all continue to miss out while Jairo Riedewald (muscle) is a doubt.
SWANSEA CITY – Kyle Bartley (knee), Fernando Llorente (arm), Ki Sung-yeung (knee) and Nathan Dyer (achilles) are not available for selection. Leon Britton (back) is a slight doubt.
The visitors have had the better of the exchanges in recent times and travel to Selhurst Park looking for a repeat of their last visit. The last meeting took place in South London back in January and the Swans ran out 2-1 winners. Highly rated centre back Alfie Mawson scored right before the break to give the Welshman the lead. Wilfried Zaha equalised late on with the points looking destined to be shared but Angel Rangel had other ideas with an impressive run which ended with the Spaniard scoring the winner just a couple of minutes before full time.
Who Scored man of the match – Alfie Mawson
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 03/01/2017: Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea City
- 26/11/2016: Swansea City 5-4 Crystal Palace
- 06/02/2016: Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 28/12/2015: Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea City
- 24/05/2015: Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 22/08/2017: Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town
- 19/08/2017: Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 12/08/2017: Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
- 21/05/2017: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/05/2017: Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City
Last FIVE results for Swansea;
- 22/08/2017: Milton Keynes Dons 1-4 Swansea City
- 19/08/2017: Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United
- 12/08/2017: Southampton 0-0 Swansea City
- 21/05/2017: Swansea City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 13/05/2017: Sunderland 0-2 Swansea City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wayne Hennessey 7.5
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7.48
- Kyle Naughton 6.98
- Jordan Ayew 6.94
The big loss for the Swans this summer has been Gylfi Sigurdsson whose protracted move to Everton was finally completed last week. Other notable outgoings have seen Jack Cork go to Burnley, Jordi Amat to Real Betis, Modou Barrow to Reading and Bafetimbo Gomis to Galatasaray.
The Sigurdsson deal has allowed Paul Clement to bring in Sam Clucas from Hull City this week who joins new additions Roque Mesa from Las Palmas, Erwin Mulder from Heerenveen and Tammy Abraham who is on a season long loan from Chelsea. There will no doubt be more incomings before the transfer window closes in a bid to plug that Icelandic sized hole in the starting eleven.
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Levante B, Huracan, Tenerife B, Las Palmas B, Las Palmas, Atletico Baleares (loan)
Born in Telde, Spain, the 28 year old began his career at the Valdecasas youth academy before moving on to Telde, Yone and then Levante which is where he made his senior debut for the ‘B’ side in 2007. His form at Las Palmas who he joined in 2010 encouraged Swansea to part with £11million to secure the services of the midfielder. To date he has made over 300 career appearances and has scored 28 goals.
Final league position – 18th
The departure of Sigurdsson has ripped the heart out of the Swans starting eleven and that will need a lot of surgery to recover. One admittedly over-priced addition later and it is clear that it will be difficult for the South Wales to find any one player close to the quality of their former star who has just ended his second spell at the Liberty. Clement will have his work cut out right up until the end of the transfer window with a transfer budget that will need to be spent wisely as well as on the training pitch, the latter being one of his strengths with his experience. Question is, will they regret selling Sigurdsson? Unfortunately, very likely indeed.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Guto Llewelyn’s prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 10/11
- Draw – 5/2
- Away – 16/5
- Both teams to score – 5/6