A real improvement in Swansea’s performance.

Last updated: February 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLLL
Away form: WLLLW
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

The Swans are playing much better with their new manager Francesco Guidolin. They recorded 2 consecutive Premier League victories (1-0 vs. Watford and 2-1 vs. Everton). The victory against Everton was quite impressive. Even though Jack Cork scored an own goal to equalize for Everton, Andre Ayew found the net in the 35th minute, scoring his 8th goal of the season.

Despite Crystal Palace not winning a Premier League match from 6 consecutive games, The Eagles are playing very well in The FA Cup. Alan Pardew’s lads eliminated Southampton in the third round and then beat Stoke 1-0 last weekend. Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal in the 19th minute of the game. In addition, The Eagles defended very well and kept a clean sheet.

3 of the 5 games between these two teams at The Liberty Stadium have finished with a draw. Two of them have ended with the correct score of 1-1. The last match between Swansea and Crystal Palace finished with a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. So, don’t be surprised if there is no winner at the final whistle.

Team News

Emmanuel Adebayor is the new signing in Crystal Palace’s squad. He was a free agent, so The Eagles won’t pay anything for him.

The Italian forward, Alberto Paloschi of Chievo, has arrived at Swansea. The striker scored 8 goals in 21 games for The Flying Donkeys this season.

There are no injured players in Swansea’s squad. As the team won its latest game, Guidolin is expected to make no changes in the starting eleven.

Sako and Bolasie are still injured for Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie is suffering from a calf muscle strain and is going to resume full training within a couple of weeks.

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Sung-Yong, Montero, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Paloschi, Bartley, Dyer, Routledge, Angel Rangel, Britton.
Not available:
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Lee, Zaha, Wickham.
Subs Kelly, Ledley, Jedinak, Chamakh, Adebayor, Hangeland, Speroni
Injured: Gayle, Appiah, Bolasie, Sako.
Not available:

Key Battle

ayew Ayew this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
22 1918 8 1,7 1 2 3 0
Cabaye this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1757 5 2 1 3 6 0

So far this season

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Swansea this season Crystal Palace this season
15 League Position 11
4 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (5)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (2)
4 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (4)
0-3 to Leicester and Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Man City
Ayew (8) Top scorer Cabaye (5)
Montero, Naughton (2) Assist Leader Puncheon (3)
Y37, R1 Discipline Y38, R1
9 Failures to score 10
6 Clean Sheets 6
11 Both Teams to Score Games 9
12 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The last time Crystal Palace won a Premier League game was on 19th December 2015, when The Eagles beat Stoke 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium.
  • Swansea are lying in 15th place with 25 points collected. The Swans are just 4 points in front of the relegation zone (Newcastle are 18th with 21 p.).
  • The only Swansea home victory over Crystal Palace was recorded in 2011, when both teams were in The Championship. The final score was 3-0 for the hosts.
  • The Swans have recorded 4 home victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats. They have scored 12 and have conceded 16 goals in their net.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/12/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea
24/05/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea M. Chamakh 57′
29/11/14 The Premier League Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace W. Bony 15′
02/03/14 The Premier League Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace J. de Guzmán 25′
22/09/13 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea Michu 2′