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Preview: Swansea City v Crystal Palace

5 February 2016


INTRO
Palace have now gone five Premier League games without a goal and are in desperate need of a result. Alan Pardew has stressed that his side are going to Wales to win, but will settle for anything that regains some momentum for the Eagles.

The Swans, meanwhile, have enjoyed a resurgence under Francesco Guidolin and with a revived Gylfi Sigurdsson back amongst the goals, they look set to provide a tough test for Palace.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Francesco Guidolin: “At this moment we need to be focused on Saturday,” he said. “It’s an important game for us, but I’m confident that we can get the points needed to be safe this season.

“We play well when we have control of the game but it is important to be aggressive when out of possession.

“It will be a difficult game against Palace. They are a good team and have a player I know well in (Emmanuel) Adebayor.

“We worked together in the first part of the season when I was at Monaco and he’s a good striker. He’s strong in the air and has good technique - a modern forward.”

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has confirmed Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are both expected to be out for long periods, joining the likes of Bakary Sako, Yannick Bolasie and Joe Ledley on the sidelines.

Yohan Cabaye should be fit to play, whilst Dwight Gayle and Sullay Kaikai have also returned to training. Connor Wickham is still out through suspension.

Swansea City: Ki Seung-yung is the Swans' only absentee.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace wins
Draws
Swansea wins
League
5
7
9
FA Cup
021
Total5910

STATS
Swansea City have kept three clean sheets in their last four Barclays Premier League matches at Liberty Stadium.

Crystal Palace have failed to score in their last three Premier League away trips.

The Eagles have won just one of the last nine league meetings with Swansea (W1 D4 L4).

Crystal Palace have only scored three goals in five Premier League meetings with Swansea and two of them have been penalties.

Crystal Palace have won just two points and scored just two goals in their last seven Premier League matches, one of which was an own goal.

The Swans have netted 57% of their goals in the first half of games this season, the highest proportion in the top flight.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored in four of his last five Premier League appearances for Swansea City.

Emmanuel Adebayor has scored on his first Premier League start for all three of his previous clubs (Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur).

Swansea are unbeaten in three Premier League games (W2 D1); they haven't gone four games without a defeat in a row since their opening four games of the season.

Crystal Palace are the only team in the top four tiers of English football yet to register a single point in 2016.

OFFICIALS

Mike Dean will take charge of this one at the Liberty Stadium, having last refereed a Palace game back in December when the Eagles beat Southampton at Selhurst Park. He also oversaw Palace's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power earlier this season.

He has taken charge of 20 top flight games this season, handing out 70 yellow cards, six red cards and awarding six penalties.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: S Bennett, E Smart
Fourth Official: G Horwood

LAST MEETING AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM
29th November 2014
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Wilfried Bony's early strike gave the home side the lead, but it was quickly cancelled out by a 25th minute penalty by Palace skipper Mile Jedinak. It was the Australian's fifth strike in eight games for Palace, during an individual goalscoring purple patch.

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LIVE COVERAGE
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There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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