PREVIEW: Swans v Crystal Palace
2nd March 2014
The Swans will be looking to bounce back from their European disappointment when they host Crystal Palace on Sunday (4.30pm).
Garry Monk's side return to Premier League action following their trip to Italy to face Napoli.
Despite a heroic performance from the players, the Italian side secured a 3-1 win to progress to the last 16 and end the Swans' European adventure.
However, they have shown a marked improvement in recent weeks and will go into the game full of confidence after three home games without defeat.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are also desperate for points in their bid to beat the drop and sit just two points and two places outside the relegation zone.
Tony Pulis took over at Selhurst Park back in November and has steered the side to some impressive results, after the Eagles had initially won just one of their first ten games.
Jonjo Shelvey could return for the Swans after missing the defeat to Napoli with a hamstring problem, while Leon Britton could make the starting line-up after missing out on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Palace striker Glenn Murray may retain his place in the side, and Jerome Thomas is available again after a back strain.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans midfielder Jonathan de Guzman: "It's a very important game. And if we take the positives from Thursday then we should be able to win.
"It's been a great experience to play in the Europa League. All the players have enjoyed and hopefully we can come back again."
Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis: "It will be a tough game, they're a good side and have played well of late. Every game in the Premier League is tough but we'll go there and we'll do our best.
"They played Palace at the beginning of the season after playing in a European game and they won 2-0 comfortably. I wouldn't read into any tiredness too much."
- Swansea have scored as many goals (seven) in three league games than they did in the previous eight Premier League matches
- Wilfried Bony has scored four goals in his last four home games
- Palace are without a win in their last three away matches
- The Eagles have scored a mere five away goals in the league this season - the lowest tally in all four divisions
- No side has lost more Premier League away games this season than Crystal Palace (10)