Swansea vs Crystal Palace / Premier League – In the 19th round of English Premier League we have several interesting matches between teams positioned near the bottom of table. In this one the last places Swansea faces 14th-positioned Crystal Palace, which after the latest positive series of three wins and four draws has made five-point difference between them and the Welsh. On the other hand, Swansea can boast with fact that it won last three league matches with the Palace. Begins: 23.12.2017 – 16:00 CET
The Welsh are in much worse shape now and on top of it they are nailed to the bottom of Premier League table. They got there after the latest series of four defeats and one win, where their recent home triumph over West Bromwich was in fact the only one out of last 11 matches, so it was no wonder that coach Paul Clement has been fired after away defeat by Everton suffered last week.
His former assistant Alan Curtis will be at the Swans helm in this very important match with the Palace, who was acting manager two seasons ago. It means that he knows the team very well and consequently we don’t expect radical changes in the tactical set-up and the starting line-up. Due to injuries out of action are stopper Bartley and forward Bony, while not fully recovered midfielder Ki Sung-Yong and forward Routledge are questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Swansea: Fabianski – Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson – Fer, Mesa, Carroll – Dyer, Abraham, Ayew
Unlike the Welsh who are in deep crisis the guests from London are in the best shape since the season started, which among other things allowed them to escape the drop zone. The most credit for the Palace rebirth goes to experienced coach Hodgson, although he too needed some time to find the winning combination. Once he found it, Crystal Palace had abovementioned seven-game unbeaten streak of three wins and four draws.
Out of it we need to single-out their last two matches. In the first one they turned the result up-side down in the very finish and defeated city rival Watford 2-1 at home, while last weekend they won difficult away match with Leicester by sound 3-0. However, forward Benteke has earned his fifth yellow card in that match and his replacement in this match will be Sako, while still out of action are injured defenders Fosu-Mansah, Ward, Sakho and Delaney, and forward Wickham.
Probable lineups Crystal Palace: Speroni – Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp – Townsend, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek – Zaha, Sako
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Although the guests from London are undefeated in previous seven rounds we need to have in mind that the Welsh need every point for the survival struggle, which is why we have decided to give them a slight advantage in this match.
Odds: 1.66 at William Hill (down to 1.61 can be played)