Stats: Crystal Palace v Swans
It’s time for some statistics as we look ahead to the Swans’ trip to Crystal Palace this afternoon (3pm).
Paul Clement’s men are hoping to follow up their midweek Carabao Cup victory at MK Dons by banking a first Premier League win of the season at Selhurst Park.
And ahead of the fixture, we have taken a look at the game from a statistical perspective.
3 – Palace have started the season with back-to-back league defeats. They have not lost three in a row at the start of a campaign since 2012-13, when they went on to win promotion from the Championship.
2 – Wilfried Zaha scored in both league meetings with the Swans last season, but finished up on the losing side on each occasion. The pacy wideman is expected to miss out this weekend with a knee problem.
69 – New Palace boss Frank de Boer wants his team to play a possession game, but their top passer so far this term is keeper Wayne Hennessey (69 passes). The Swans have six players who have played more passes in the opening two games of the campaign.
16 – As well as playing plenty of passes, Wales international Hennessey has already made 16 saves in the league this season. That is six more than any other top-flight keeper.
1 – The Swans have an impressive recent record against Palace, having lost only one of the last 12 games between the clubs.
0 – The Swans’ two games against Palace produced plenty of goals last season, but Clement’s team are one of five sides who are yet to find the target in the Premier League this season. Palace, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Brighton the others.
113 – Clement’s side have played 118 long balls. Only five clubs have played fewer so far this season. Palace, by contrast, have played a league-high 161 in two games.
14 – The Swans have made 14 blocks in their two league games so far in 2017-18, which is three more than any other top-tier side.
Players with the most…shots
Palace: Christian Benteke – 4
Swans: Tammy Abraham – 4
27 – Meetings in all competitions between the clubs. The Swans have won 12, drawn 10 and lost five, with the last meeting ending in a 2-1 win for Clement’s side last January.