Crystal Palace v Swansea City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 22, 2017
Selhurst Park - Premier League
New Crystal Palace boss Frank De Boer will be hoping his side can bounce back from a nightmare start to the season with a positive result against Swansea.
Swansea have the edge in terms of recent meetings between the two sides, having won both of the fixtures against the Eagles last season, including a 5-4 in Wales in November 2016. Crystal Palace's last win against the Welsh side came back in May 2015, courtesy of a Marouane Chamakh goal in a 1-0 victory.
Crystal Palace will be without summer signing Jairo Reidewald, after the defender suffered a injury in the opening day defeat to Huddersfield. The Dutchman, signed from Ajax this summer, endured a debut to forget and is expected to be out for a week.
Midfielder Wilfried Zaha is out for three weeks with a knee injury.
The long term absentees for De Boer include: Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham and Pape Soares with thigh, knee and broken leg injuries.
Club captain Leon Britton could return to action for the Swans, after recovering from a back injury, but manager Paul Clement will make a late call on his fitness ahead of their trip to London.
Striker Fernando Llorente is still out with a broken arm, but the former Spanish international is expected to be back in first team action after the international break.
Midfielders Ki Sung-yeung and Nathan Dyer are both still sidelined, with a return unlikely until late September, with knee and achilles injuries respectively.
Crystal Palace v Swansea City Preview and Predictions
Crystal Palace's defeat to newly promoted Huddersfield was the story of the opening day of the Premier League season, and after defeat again by Liverpool last weekend, De Boer will be desperate to get his new side back on track.
They were exposed defensively by the Terriers on the opening day and Swansea will look to test out their questionable back line on Saturday, and with that in mind goals are expected, with an over 2.5 goals bet priced at 11/10.
The assurance of goals is backed up by Swansea conceding four at Old Trafford last weekend, although they did gain a credible draw away at Southampton on the opening day.
De Boer is likely to have set his team straight in training over the last week and they should improve against Swansea, however the Welsh side will be a stubborn customer, even without Gylfi Sigurdsson, following his move to Everton.
A draw looks to be the best option here, with both sides looking to inject some life into their new season, without taking to many risks, a draw is priced at 5/2.
A 2-2 draw at 18/1
Goals are virtually guaranteed given both sides defensive records, and without a Premier League goal between them this season they will be desperate to create some excitement for fans on Saturday.
Christian Benteke to score first at 7/2
The Belgian forward was Palace's top scorer last season, with 15 Premier League goals, and he continues to pose their biggest threat in front of goal this season.