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Preview: Crystal Palace v Swansea City

26 August 2017

After picking up his first Crystal Palace win in midweek, Frank de Boer goes in search of his first Premier League victory as Swansea City come to Selhurst Park.

Paul Clement’s side visit with just a point to show from their opening two fixtures, and now have to cope with the permanent loss of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Welsh outfit are yet to score a league goal thus far, but retain a set of hungry youngsters looking to fill the Icelandic void.

The mood around the Palace camp has been lifted after knocking Ipswich Town out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and three points on Saturday could be huge going into the international break.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Paul Clement

Paul Clement has insisted that taking three points from Selhurst Park will be no easy feat, and that Crystal Palace will give his side a good battle.

“I imagine they are probably more disappointed with the first game, because going to Liverpool is always tough,” he said.

“They will want to put things right and we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“They have a slight advantage because they are at home, but we have won there before.”

TEAM NEWS

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Crystal Palace: Long-term absentees Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain sidelined. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a groin injury, but Wilfried Zaha is making progress in his recovery.

Swansea City: Star striker Fernando Llorente continues his recovery from a broken arm and won’t take part. Kyle Bartley, Ki Sung-Yeung, and Nathan Dyer are all expected to miss out.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Andre Marriner

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Refs: S Beck, M McDonough
Fourth Official: K Friend

Marriner has taken charge of two Premier League games so far this season, issuing three yellow cards and one red card. Last campaign he distributed 98 yellow cards and one red card across 28 league games. He last refereed a Palace game in April as the Eagles won 2-1 at Liverpool.

TICKETS, MATCHDAY INFO AND COVERAGE

Tickets are still available for this game. They can be bought at the CPFC Box Office, by phone (08712000071) or online here.

The all-new CPFC Fanzone will be open this Saturday for fans to experience pre and post-match.

Located outside Selhurst Park’s Main Stand reception, the Fanzone will be open from midday on Saturday.

Existing season ticket holders from last season can use their card to gain entry to the stadium for the new season. Please note any season ticket holders who do not have a card can go to the main box office during the morning on matchday or at the Holmesdale box office from 12.30pm.

SECURITY CHECKS

Ticket holders are advised to enter the stadium as early as possible, as the game is sold out and security checks remain in place at Selhurst Park.

Turnstiles open at 1.30pm and kick off is at 3.00pm

LIVE COVERAGE

If you can’t make it to SE25 for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.


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