PREVIEW: Swans v Crystal Palace

26th November 2016

Swansea City host Crystal Palace this afternoon in what is a crucial clash for Bob Bradley's side.
The Swans are currently bottom of the Premier League, five points adrift of safety, and will eye today's fixture against the Eagles as a key opportunity to pick up much-needed points.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have suffered five defeats on-the-bounce and are in danger of falling to a similarly precarious position in the table if form doesn't pick up.
A win for Bob Bradley's side would do wonders for confidence, building on the positive display at Everton last weekend.
For either side, a loss would be a crushing blow, making today's encounter in South Wales all the more important.

TEAM NEWS
Swansea will be without Ki Sung-Yueng this afternoon, after the South Korea captain suffered a broken toe.
Jefferson Montero and Leon Britton could both return to fold after missing last weekend's trip to Goodison Park.
Palace, meanwhile, are waiting on a late fitness test for Wales midfielder Joe Ledley, while Steve Mandanda (knee) and Loic Remy (calf) will be absent due to injury.



WHAT THEY SAID
Swansea manager 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.
"With the support of our fans at the Liberty, 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."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Every game for us is a game we try to win.
"Our psychology is to attack teams, go at teams, but we have to get points on the board. Same as Swansea. So it's a crucial game, we can't hide from that fact.
"The next victory for us is clearly going to be crucial. It needs to come quickly. The spotlight is on us. We can't hide from it. We need to put our reputations on the line and deliver.



LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace (February 2016)
Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea City (December 2015)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City (May 2015)
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace (November 2014)
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace (March 2014)

PRE-MATCH STATS
5 - the past five meetings between the two sides have ended in draws.
4 - Crystal Palace have scored just four goals in their last 10 league encounters with the Swans and never more than once in this run.