Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Venue: Selhurst Park – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Crystal Palace 6/5 – Draw 5/2 – Swansea City 21/10
Crystal Palace’s season has seen a managerial change as Neil Warnock was replaced by former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who returned to the club where he has so many good memories.
Last weekend they spoiled Liverpool’s Anfield farewell for departing captain Steven Gerrard. The 3-1 win was well deserved and fantastically executed by Palace. Goals from Jason Puncheon, Wilfred Zaha and Glenn Murray deciding it.Embed from Getty Images
The Eagles could still potentially finish in the top half of the table, which would be a tremendous achievement for the South London club but they would need other results to go their way.
Yannick Bolasie has been in great form since Pardew was appointed and became the first Crystal Palace player to score a Premier League hat-trick.
Swansea City have had a solid season, giving a good account of themselves and have taken points off of some of the bigger clubs.
The January transfer window saw the departure of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City. Bafatembi Gomis has filled the hole perfectly and his goals have helped the Swans to a respectable eighth place.
Before last week’s 4-2 defeat at home to Manchester City, the Swans were on a three game win-streak, which they haven’t done since the first three games of the season.Embed from Getty Images
Garry Monk also brought Gylfi Sigurdsson back to the club after his time at Tottenham Hotspur and his performances have been brilliant, bagging seven goals and ten assists.
The reverse fixture at the Liberty Stadium finished 1-1 with Wilfried Bony opening the scoring only to be pegged back by a Mile Jedinak penalty.
Crystal Palace will be continue to be without Jerome Thomas and he has no return date as he is suffering from foot and ankle injuries.
Swansea City will be without Jordi Amat (metatarsal), Wayne Routledge (ankle), Kyle Naughton (ankle), Tom Carroll (ankle), Ki Sung Yeung (knee) plus Nelson Oliveira (foot) is a doubt. Angel Rangel could be welcomed back after his groin and pelvic injury.
Crystal Palace Last Five: L/L/L/L/W
Swansea City Last Five: L/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Swansea City haven’t conceded a goal and won on their last three visits to Selhurst Park.
Key Player: Glenn Murray – The Palace striker has netted seven goals and three assists in his last eleven matches.Embed from Getty Images
Crystal Palace 2-2 Swansea City – both sides have goals in them and can look forward to another season of Premier League football.