Swansea vs Crystal Palace: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s game at the Liberty Stadium

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The Independent Online

A win for Swansea over Crystal Palace on Saturday could mean they break into the top four, but a loss for Crystal Palace could mean they enter the relegation zone.

The Swans recently announced the extension of striker Wilfried Bony’s contract by one year until 2018. The Ivorian striker has has interest from various clubs and was linked to a transfer earlier in the season, but has now decided to stay with the club for at least a year longer.

Clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool were reported to have serious interest in the man who joined Swansea for a club-record fee of £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2012. Bony scored 25 goals in his first year at the Welsh club and has scored five goals this season so far.

Crystal Palace, who added more misery to Liverpool’s Premier League campaign last week by beating them 3-1, could still fall into the relegation zone this weekend. They were briefly in ninth position in September but results have gradually been worse, leaving the club in 15th at the moment.

Crystal Palace will look for their first win over Swansea City since four years to the day on Saturday.

Kick-off: Saturday 3pm

PAST MEETINGS...

Swansea 1 (Guzman) Crystal Palace 1 (Murray) - Sun 02 March 2014

Crystal Palace 0 Swansea 2 (Michu, Dyer) - Sun 22 Sep 2013

Swansea 3 (Pratley, Sinclair 56, 61) Crystal Palace 0 - Sat 15 Jan 2011, Championship

STATS...

Swansea and Crystal Palace have played each other 21 times. Swansea leading with 10 wins to Crystal Palace with four wins.

Crystal Palace holds 15 place but has scored more goals than Swansea who hold 7 position

ODDS...

Swansea to win 1.75

Draw 3.6

Crystal Palace to win 4.6

TV: Match of the Day, BBC1, 10.20pm

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