Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Swansea City

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

Match Preview 

Crystal Palace round off their Premier League 2014/15 season with a home tie against Swansea City. A match that could see plenty of goals and both sides can play with a sense of freedom.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 Swansea City – both sides have goals in them and can look forward to another season of Premier League football.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

CompetitionPremier League – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United 

VenueSelhurst Park – Saturday, May 9 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match OddsCrystal Palace 16/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 17/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Saturday evening as the Premier League season is drawing to a close. Palace have the chance of making United’s chase for Champions League football come under pressure if they can take something from this tie.

Alan Pardew‘s side have hit a sticky patch after losing three on the bounce. They had been on a four game winning streak but have been bought back down to earth and look likely to finish mid-table.

Last weekends loss didn’t come as too much of a surprise as they couldn’t halt Chelsea’s bid to become champions but their performance was spirited and they made it very difficult for their London rivals.

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Back at Selhurst Park it is a totally different type of game. Palace have made it difficult for sides to come away with all three points all season and have beaten some of the top sides in the league.

United won the reverse fixture and haven’t lost to Palace since 2011. Louis Van Gaal‘s side need to ensure they avoid defeat here with Liverpool chasing them down for the all important fourth place.

United come into the game off the back of last weekend’s loss at home to West Bromwich Albion. It was a difficult one for the Old Trafford faithful to swallow but things are looking up for next season despite the fact they have lost their last three on the bounce.

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Van Gaal has already started the summer rejig of his squad with the signing of Memphis Depay and he must make sure they finish in the top four to ensure he can attract the biggest names for next season.

This should be an interesting tie packed with action and it could play a pivotal role into how the Premier League table ends up.

Team News

Crystal Palace have three injury concerns. Former Manchester United player Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas are sidelined. Pardew will be relying on his speedsters, Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie, to provide and entertain as usual.

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Manchester United’s injury woes continue as six could be set to miss out. Van Gaal is facing the prospect of playing this one five of his defenders absent. Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick are all unavailable.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Defensive woes – Louis Van Gaal only has one fully fit defender ahead of this tie in the shape of Phil Jones and his side could be easily exposed given Palace’s attacking talent.

Key Player: Yannick Bolasie – The Congolese winger will be looking to continue to impress and finish his great season on a high.
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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 Manchester United – A real end-to-end affair with Palace to upset United and pile the pressure on the Red Devils in their final two games.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, April 18th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – West Brom 3/1

Match Preview

Crystal Palace take on West Brom on Saturday afternoon as Alan Pardew’s soaring Eagles face off against Tony Pulis’ Baggies at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are in a terrific run of form, with four wins on the bounce, while West Brom have suffered three consecutive defeats, including a morale damaging loss at home to fellow relegation rivals Leicester City.

The Baggies have conceded 10 in their last three Premier League games and Pulis needs to shore up the backline quickly if they are to keep out of the relegation zone.

Since Alan Pardew’s appointment, Palace have been fantastic in the league, winning eight of his twelve games in charge, suffering three defeats and drawing just the once. They have shown the form of a team chasing those all important Champions League places and look to be in great shape.

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Goals have won those matches and critics and pundits alike have been impressed with the Palace forward line that boasts the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray. Murray and Bolasie both put in incredible performances at Sunderland last weekend and will look to pick up where they left off against the Baggies.

The game at the Stadium of Light saw Bolasie hit an 11-minute hat-trick, becoming the first Palace player to net three in a game in the Premier League, with Glenn Murray also scoring, taking his tally to six goals.

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West Brom are just seven points clear of the drop. They are not in any real danger as such but if their poor form continues they will be looking down the table until the season ends.

Tony Pulis has never been relegated as a manager and he always seems to get his teams out of trouble and help stabilise them. That was certainly the case with Crystal Palace last year, who he took from the depths of relegation to an 11th place finish and he will return to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Pulis was responsible for some important signings to the Palace side that Pardew features in his team, such as Joe Ledley and Scott Dann, before a reported disagreement over Palace’s transfer policies led to Pulis’ departure from the South London club on the eve of this season’s opener.

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A win for either side in this one would be vital, with Palace looking to climb into the top half of the table, while West Brom need to end their torrid form here as they still need to travel to teams in the top five before the end of the season.

The reverse fixture saw a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns back in October, with goals from Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak for Palace only to be pegged back by a Victor Anichebe and a Saido Berahino penalty.

Team News

Crystal Palace have doubts over Jordan Mutch, Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh but James McArthur and Pape Souare could return from their knocks.

For West Brom, Ben Foster will continue to be sidelined until around October, while the Baggies will hand a late fitness test to Brown Ideye.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: In the last four matches between the two in all competitions there have been 15 bookings but no dismissals.

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Key Player: Yannick Bolasie – The Congolese winger hit a superb hat-trick last weekend at Sunderland and will be thriving for more goals against a West Brom defence that is failing to impress.

Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 3-1 West Brom – Palace to get a win that could lift them into the top half of the table. West Brom should get on the scoresheet, but they look likely to miss out on points as Pardew’s men are in excellent form.

Are Crystal Palace on course for their best ever Premier League season?

Crystal Palace enjoyed their third consecutive away victory in the Premier League when they beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday and have been in fine form since Alan Pardew took over as manager at the beginning of January this year.

The Eagles travel to Southampton tonight and a positive result at St Mary’s would certainly leave Palace pondering over the possibility of achieving the best Premier League finish in the history of the club.

Considering last year’s unbelievable turnaround under manager Tony Pulis, many would have predicted that Crystal Palace would struggle this season after he walked out just days before the first game of the campaign.

When Pulis quit, Keith Millen briefly took over before reverting back to assistant manager when Neil Warnock was appointed. Warnock struggled for results, picking up just three wins from the 16 games that he was in charge and was consequently shown the door, which made way for Alan Pardew’s arrival from Newcastle.

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Pardew has been an instant hit both with the players and the fans and has been welcomed with open arms as many can probably still recall his playing days for the South London side in the late 1980’s through to the early 1990’s.

He has re-instilled belief and positivity at Selhurst Park, and generally brought a feel good factor back in to the Holmesdale air.

The 2013/14 season was the club’s best ever Premier League finish, but breaking down the numbers of Crystal Palace’s form under Alan Pardew shows there is a real chance that the red and blue army can make history for the second year running.

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Palace eventually managed to survive relegation comfortably last season and in doing so, consecutively maintained their Premier League status for the first time since its inception. They had never avoided the drop when competing in the Premier League and they now look set to further establish themselves in England’s top division.

Crystal Palace's Premier League record under Pardew

If Pardew ensures Crystal Palace continue to pick up points at the same rate they have done since he took over, then they will amass 50 points come the end of the season – five points more than they did in last year’s record-breaking campaign.

It’s certainly a big ask to maintain such consistent form, but it isn’t out of the question and Palace fans may be pinching themselves at how well the team are performing.

You only have to cast your mind back to May 2010 and this was a club not only struggling in the Championship but also on the verge of extinction due to extreme financial issues. A 2-2 draw away at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season that year under the management of Paul Hart almost certainly saved Crystal Palace from going under.

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Palace were in administration at the time and demotion to League One would’ve had a huge financial impact that they may not have been able to recover from. They battled through some bleak times with incredible spirit and determination and it’s been onwards and upwards since then.

Recognition and credit must be given not only to Pardew for the most recent turnaround, but also to everyone involved with the club over the last five years.

Can Crystal Palace record their best ever Premier League season this year?

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0

Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3

Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1

Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1

Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0

Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2

Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1

How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?

Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

Alan Pardew will take charge of his first Premier League game with Crystal Palace on Saturday evening as Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to take on the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

Spurs will be in fine spirits after winning 5-3 against Chelsea in their last league game and are now on an unbeaten run of six in the league.

The same can’t be said for Crystal Palace who have not won a Premier League game in eight but they did win 4-0 against Dover in the FA Cup last weekend in Pardew’s first game.

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The former Newcastle boss will want to get off to a flying start and the home support at Selhurst Park will hope to have a major influence in the final result on Saturday night.

Crystal Palace’s home record: Played 9 – Won 2 – Drawn 2 – Lost 5

The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane saw the clubs draw 0-0 last month and Spurs will be made to work hard if they are to keep up their fine away record.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side have the third best away record in the Premier League and have only lost at Chelsea and Manchester City so far.

Tottenham’s away record: Played 9 – Won 5 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2

Spurs have won four of their last five away league games 2-1 and a similar scoreline could be on the cards on Saturday.

Palace will be without top scorer Mile Jedinak as well as Yannick Bolasie, who is the tied assist leader in the side as both are away on international duty with Australia and DR Congo respectively.

Spurs will be without Nabil Bentaleb, who is with Algeria, while Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are both doubts for Saturday’s game.

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Palace’s last win came at home against Liverpool in November and Eagles fans will be hoping to be cheering come the end of the final whistle as Alan Pardew kicks off another new era for the South London club.

Crystal Palace’s last five: D/L/L/D/D

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs striker is in incredible form and has netted five in five in the league since these two last met. He’ll need to be stopped for Palace to succeed.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur