Premier League | Crystal Palace-Swansea City
Kick Off: 20:00 Hrs
Venue: Selhurst Park
Tue 3rd Jan 2017
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City Match Prediction
Crystal Palace v Swansea betting tips & preview
Crystal Palace v Swansea betting tips and preview. Crystal Palace host Swansea at Selhurst Park on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. The final game of the festive period and we have a proverbial six-pointer, between two sides that a defeat for either would be nothing short of a disaster. Palace were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates, and in all honestly it could've been a lot more. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi were more than enough to move Arsenal above Manchester City. Swansea suffered another crushing home defeat, as they were thrashed 3-0 by Bournemouth at the Liberty. Swansea are still waiting to name their new manager following the sacking of Bob Bradley; it is highly expected that former Derby boss Paul Clement will be named the new boss at Swansea, but it remains to be seen if he has the time and the resources to keep them up. The last time the two sides met was back in late November, and this match will go down as one of the games of the season, but for all the wrong reasons. Swansea won the match 5-4 with a late winner from Llorente but both teams defending that day left a lot to be desired.
Crystal Palace Preview
Crystal Palace are without a win in their last six games; Sam Allardyce did manage a point in his first game in charge at Watford. The former England manager was forced to admit after his side's defeat to Arsenal, that his squad needs reinforcements during the window. Who Palace get in over the next month could be the differences between going down or staying up. One thing Palace have in their favour is that they have plenty of goals on their side, and if Allardyce can plug the games in Palace’s leaky backline, then you could feel that he has the firepower to keep them up. It’s all too evident where Palace’s problems are, as they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 games. That clean sheet also came in their last win, when they beat Southampton 3-0 at Selhurst Park back in early December. This will be Wilf Zaha’s last game before he heads off to play in the African Cup of Nations and could miss up to five games for Palace. Allardyce will also be hoping that he can get more from Andros Townsend, as the winger has only scored once since his big money move from Newcastle in the summer.
Swansea are currently rock bottom of the Premier League, with only three wins from 19 games so far. At the moment it’s hard to see how Swansea will get out of the position they've got themselves into, as goals and clean sheets have both been in short supply this season. Whoever the Swansea new boss will be, they may also have to contend with a difficult transfer window like the one or two who have impressed maybe looking for a way out the Premier League strugglers. Gylfi Sigurdsson with five and Fernando Llorente with six have been Swansea’s main goal threat this season; the pair will have to shoulder the responsibility if Swansea are to claw themselves off the bottom of the table. Swansea have lost their last four games in the spin, in those games, they have conceded a staggering 13 goals.
Team News Crystal Palace
Some good news for Sam Allardyce ahead of this must-win game. Captain Damien Delaney returns from a one-game ban. Loic Remy is now back in training and could be in the squad for the first time this season. Both Joe Ledley and James McArthur will need fitness tests but are only given a 50/50 chance of playing. Pape Souare and Connor Wickham are both out for the season.
Jefferson Montero (Hamstring) is out. Wayne Routledge (head) and Fernando Llorente (ankle) will both need to be looked at ahead of the game.
Betting tips & predictions
Looking at the two squads and the fact that Crystal Palace have a manager at the head of the ship, I think that the London club will pick up a massive three points. A defeat and Swansea could be sunk before they even get their new man in charge.