League Cup Preview – Swansea City
The Eagles have a chance to get two Premier League defeats in a row out of their system with a League Cup trip to South Wales to take on Championship side Swansea City.
With the hosts almost unrecognisable from the side that were relegated from the Premier League last season, the appointment of Graham Potter is seen as a breath of fresh air who had previously impressed as boss of Swedish side Ostersund.
Already five games into the new season, Swansea suffered their first defeat at the weekend at home to Bristol City and currently sit tenth in the table with ten points. It is of course early days but it is a decent start for a team that has gone through plenty of transition this summer.
There is no doubt that both sides will ring the changes for the cup tie with fringe players looking to impress and push for a spot in the respective first teams. For Palace, it will be an opportunity to provide game time to the likes of Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer, Jordan Ayew as well as youth players.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – James Tomkins (calf) and Jonny Williams (hamstring) are both major doubts while Pape Souare (muscle). Connor Wickham (calf) and Scott Dann (knee) are unavailable.
SWANSEA CITY – Jay Fulton (hand) and Oli McBurnie (toe) are doubts while Wilfried Bony (knee), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (groin) and Leroy Fer (achilles) remain unavailable. Cameron Carter-Vickers who has just signed on loan from Tottenham Hotspur may feature at some point but is not fit enough to start.
The last time these two sides met was back in December 2017 at the Liberty Stadium. Luka Milivojevic gave the Eagles the lead shortly after the break from the penalty spot. The hosts levelled through Jordan Ayew who came off the bench to score from distance to ensure the points were shared.
Who Scored man of the match – Jordan Ayew (7.8)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 23/12/2017 Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2017 Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
- 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
Lastest results for Palace;
- 11/08/2018 Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Swansea;
- 25/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Bristol City
- 21/08/2018 Swansea City 2-2 Leeds United
- 17/08/2018 Birmingham City 0-0 Swansea City
- 11/08/2018 Swansea City 1-0 Preston North End
- 04/08/2018 Sheffield United 1-2 Swansea City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.40)
- James Tomkins (7.38)
- Mike van der Hoorn (7.28)
- Joe Rondon (7.28)
ONE TO WATCH
BERSANT EDVAR CELINA
Former clubs – Stromsgodset, Manchester City, Twente (loan), Ipswich Town (loan)
The 21 year old began his career in the youth set up at Norwegian club Stromgodset in 2007 before a move to Manchester City happened in 2012. With only one appearance to his name with City, the FR Yugoslav born midfielder enjoyed successful loan spells at Twente in Holland and Ipswich Town before signing for Swansea in July for a fee of £3million.
Celina has appeared for Norway at several different youth levels before switching to Kosovo in 2014.
It is very difficult to make any predictions for this one ahead of knowing the attitude each manager will take this season in the League Cup. The Eagles will be keen to experience a win after not managing one since the opening day, while Swansea will want to be careful with limited personnel available with injuries to key players to contend with. This is an opportunity for Palace to show their strength in depth and will likely edge a tight contest.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Guto Llewelyn prediction (see link below) – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 12/5
- Draw 23/10
- Away 11/10
- Both teams to score 8/11