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Preview: Swansea City v Crystal Palace

25 November 2016


INTRO
Just as they did in February, Palace head to south Wales in search of their first win in five matches as they take on rock-bottom Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles' run coincides with the length of time that Bob Bradley has been in the Swans' hotseat, and he too will be looking to pick up a first win during that spell, having drawn two and lost three of his first matches including last weekend's 1-1 draw with Everton where they conceded with a minute to play.

The Welsh side have won just once in the league all season which came on the opening day, meaning they have now gone 11 Premier League games without success, a run that started under the management of Francesco Guidolin who departed in October.

The teams have faced off three times at the ground in the Premier League with all three being 1-1 draws, but the Swans are winless in their last five meetings with the Eagles since beating them back in September 2013.


OPPOSITION VIEW


Bob Bradley: “We played a good match against Everton, training has been good this week and now we are ready to push on in a strong way.

“We are ready to take all of the work we have done and make it count on Saturday.

"I see this game is an opportunity for us to build on the good things we did last week.

“We have taken all the positives from Everton, we have focused on training and now we cannot wait to get on the field."

TEAM NEWS

Swansea: Ki Sung-Yueng faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his toe and is set to be out of action for a fortnight.

Club skipper Leon Britton missed out on the trip to Everton last week with a tight calf, but he is on course to return to the squad for this game, as is Jefferson Montero who has struggled recently with a hand injury.

Palace: Steve Mandanda looks set to remain out for a few more weeks with his knee injury, and Yohan Cabaye is just one booking away from a one-game suspension.

Pape Souare, Jonathan Benteke and Loic Remy all remain out.


HEAD TO HEAD
Swansea winsDrawsPalace wins
League985
FA Cup120
League Cup000
Total10105


STATS
Palace have scored just four goals in their last 10 league encounters with Swansea and never more than once in the five meetings.

Andros Townsend has had a hand in three goals in his last three league games versus Swansea (two goals, one assist). Indeed, against no side has Townsend netted more league goals than versus the Swans (2).

Palace are on a five-game losing streak in the Premier League; they haven’t lost six in a row in the competition since November 2013 (seven defeats).

Jason Puncheon has created 13 goalscoring chances for Christian Benteke in the Premier League this season; more than any other player has for a single teammate.

Wilfried Zaha has beaten an opponent with a league-high 54 dribbles in the Premier League this season, while only Kevin De Bruyne (7) has more assists than the Palace winger (5).


OFFICIALS

Kevin Friend officiates Palace for the first time since May when he oversaw the 2-1 win against Stoke City. In total he has refereed the Eagles 17 times, with seven wins gained from that time. He has dished out 32 yellow cards but no reds in the Premier League this season.

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: J Collin & M Wilkes
Fourth official: S Martin


LAST MEETING AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM

6th February 2016
Swansea City 1- Crystal Palace
Premier League

Crystal Palace arrested a run of five straight defeats thanks to Scott Dann's fifth goal of the season as Swansea slipped to four points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's fine free-kick gave Swansea a well-earned half-time lead, but Palace equalised soon after the restart with Dann's close-range finish from a corner.

Sigurdsson almost snatched victory with another free-kick, but his late effort was well saved by Wayne Hennessey.


TICKETS
Tickets are on general sale with up to four being available to purchase per person.

Prices:
Adults - £30
Seniors (60+) - £17.50
Full Time Students with valid ID - £17.50
Under 16’s - £17.50


TRAVEL
Coach travel will be available for this match, which departs Selhurst Park at 7.30am and is priced at £23 per seat.

For more information on how to get to the Liberty Stadium, read our Away Day Guide here.

For more information on the ground itself, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at the Liberty Stadium will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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