Premier League: Crystal Palace v Swansea match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park

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Despite Thursday's conquest at the Mestalla, Swansea have been less impressive on the domestic stage. With only one win from their opening four games, away to West Brom, the Welsh club travel to newcomers Crystal Palace looking to kickstart this season's Premier League campaign. Ian Holloway's largely unflavoured side sit in the relegation zone after another difficult start.

Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is suspended following his controversial sending off at Old Trafford last Saturday. Jonny Williams, Jack Hunt, Joel Ward, Paddy McCarthy and Glenn Murray all miss out through injury. In more positive news for Holloway, Jerome Thomas has returned to training following an ankle injury and Yannick Bolasie is targeting a return to action at St Mary's next week.

Leon Britton is back for Swansea after suspension ruled him out of the Europa League tie. However, captain Ashley Williams is doubtful and winger Pablo Hernandez will remained sidelined due to a hamstring strain. The game also comes too soon for Neil Taylor, who bruised his thigh in a Europa League qualifier last month.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 1:30pm                                                                            


Swansea 3 (Pratley, Sinclair 2) Crystal Palace 0, Championship, January 2011

Crystal Palace 0 Swansea 3 (Sinclair, Pratley, Allen), Championship, October 2010

Crystal Palace 0 Swansea 1 (Kuqi), Championship, February 2010


Only Aston Villa have conceded as many goals before half time as Swansea so far (four).

Crystal Palace are without a goal in their past four league meetings with the Welsh side.

Last season, Swansea drew four times and lost once against the newly promoted sides; their only win came at home to West Ham.


Crystal Palace to win: 3.4

Swansea to win: 2.36

Draw: 3.4

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:25pm