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Preview: Crystal Palace v Swansea City

3 January 2017


INTRO
Sam Allardyce steps into the home dugout at Selhurst Park for the first time today as he searches for his first win as Eagles manager in a crucial bottom of the table clash against Swansea City.

The Swans disposed of Bob Bradley after their 4-1 hammering at home to West Ham United on Boxing Day, with Alan Curtis taking up the reigns once again for their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Eve.

That means that the Welsh side have had an extra 24 hours to prepare for this match over Palace, who take to the field just over 50 hours after the end of their match against Arsenal on Sunday.

It was just 38 days ago that Bradley and Alan Pardew oversaw an incredible 5-4 win for the Swans when the sides last met, which was one of just three wins all season for the Jacks, who sit bottom of the table but only four points behind tonight's opponents.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Alan Curtis: "The first goal seems to be crucial at the moment. Confidence seems to drain from us when we go behind. I suppose the explanation for that is that we are bottom of the table, we are not winning games and we are conceding too many goals.

"It's a crisis of confidence when we concede a goal. I still think there should be enough in our squad to get better results, but confidence in sport, especially football, is such a fragile thing."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Damien Delaney is available again after missing the Arsenal game through suspension

James McArthur and Joe Ledley could also be fit if they overcome the injuries that have seen them miss the Christmas period, while Loic Remy could feature against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Connor Wickham, Steve Mandanda and Pape Souare all remain out long-term.

Swansea: Defender Jordi Amat is out through suspension, and the Swans are sweating over the availability of Fernando Llorente who picked up a knock against Bournemouth.

Ex-Eagle Wayne Routledge missed that game with a mouth abscess but should be OK to feature tonight, while Jefferson Montero is their only other casualty.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsSwansea wins
League5810
FA Cup021
League Cup000
Total51011


STATS
There were as many goals in the last Premier League fixture between these sides (9) as there had been in the previous six combined.

The Swans have kept four clean sheets their last five away league games against the Eagles, conceding just once in the other match (W3 D1 L1).

Four of the seven previous Premier League meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, with Crystal Palace winning once (L2).

Swansea have lost seven of their last eight away games in the top-flight (D1), conceding an average of 2.6 goals per game.

Swansea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded 3+ goals in eight of these matches.

Sam Allardyce is unbeaten in his six meetings with them since in the competition (W4 D2).

Swansea have lost their last four league games - they haven't lost five in a row in the top-flight before.


OFFICIALS

This is just the sixth Premier League appointment this season for Paul Tierney, who last refereed Palace back in October 2015 in a League Cup defeat at Manchester City. It is his first ever game at Selhust Park.

Referee: P Tierney
Assistants: A Garratt and E Smart
Fourth Official: C Pawson


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

28th December 2015
Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea City
Premier League

Crystal Palace's push towards the Premier League's top four stalled as a much-changed Swansea side ground out a point at Selhurst Park.

Swans caretaker boss Alan Curtis saw his side secure a third clean sheet in a row to remain above the bottom three.

Palace defender Brede Hangeland's flicked header early in the second half was well saved by Lukasz Fabianski, who later denied Patrick Bamford.

Gylfi Sigurdsson almost won it for Swansea, but his free-kick was saved.


TICKETS
A limited number of tickets are available for this game for home supporters.

You can book your seats online here, by visiting the box office at the ground or calling 08712 00 00 71.

LIGHT SHOW

A Floodlight show at Selhurst Park is planned prior to this evenings fixture vs Swansea City FC between 19:50- 19:59.  The Floodlight show will use  FLASHING LIGHTS and will contain visual patterns. 

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park 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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