- Swansea vs Crystal Palace

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Saturday 29 November 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Swansea
Swansea
0 - 0
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace

Match preview

Garry Monk has challenged Swansea City to raise their levels again when they face Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

After a positive start against Manchester City last weekend - Wilfried Bony giving them the lead inside 10 minutes - Swansea fell to a 2-1 defeat, but Monk was pleased with aspects of their performance.

The loss ended a three-match unbeaten streak in the league for Swansea, a run that also included a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in their last Liberty Stadium outing.

Palace arrive in south Wales two points clear of the bottom three but after victory against Liverpool last time out they are brimming with self-belief, and Monk has warned his players to be ready to raise their game.

"Crystal Palace will come here full of confidence and with a gameplan to try and stop us playing," he said. "Hopefully we'll be able to overcome that and show our quality.

"We had a tough game against them here last season [a 1-1 draw], and I'm sure they'll give us a tough game on Saturday. We're expecting them to be very physical, so we will have to stand up to that and impose ourselves on them. We're improving game-on-game, and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday."

Palace's form before the 3-1 win over Liverpool had not made good reading with four defeats in five, however a better performance against Manchester United sowed the seeds of recovery.

Goals from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak saw Palace come from a goal behind to beat Brendan Rodgers' side, and put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. However, manager Neil Warnock is still looking over his shoulder and knows replicating last week's win will not be an easy task.

"I think that 12 teams are just thinking of surviving, first and foremost that's what you look for, anything else is a bonus," said Warnock. "Training has been good for two or three weeks and I thought we played good stuff against [Manchester] United. [But] Swansea are the best team I've seen this year. I thought they dominated Arsenal for long periods.

"Down the spine [of the team] they're as good as anybody in the division, it will be a test for us."

Palace defender Damien Delaney will miss the trip with a calf injury, although he is not expected to be sidelined for too long, while Adrian Mariappa is also out with a knee problem.

Swansea have no new injury worries with Jazz Richards, Federico Fernandez and Rory Donnelly still unavailable.

Swansea City (from): Cornell, Fabianski, Tremmel, Amat, Bartley, Kingsley, Obeng, Rangel, Taylor, Tiendalli, Williams, Britton, Carroll, Dyer, Fulton, Ki, Montero, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Sheehan, Shelvey, Barrow, Bony, Emnes, Gomis.

Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey, Kettings, Speroni, Dann, Fryers, Hangeland, Kelly, Ward, Bannan, Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, McArthur, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Thomas, Campbell, Chamakh, Gayle, Johnson, Zaha.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Martin Atkinson Assistants: J Collin, M Wilkes Fourth Official: A Marriner

Match Facts
Swansea City have won four and lost none of the last six meetings with Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace have made a league-low 2464 successful passes this season, only just more than half of Swansea’s total (4716).

Current form

Last six matches

lost

2 - 1 v Man City (A) 22 Nov 2014

won

2 - 1 v Arsenal (H) 09 Nov 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Everton (A) 01 Nov 2014

won

2 - 0 v Leicester (H) 25 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Stoke (A) 19 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Newcastle (H) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 1 v Arsenal (H) 09 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Man City (A) 22 Nov 2014

Swansea City club profile

Current form

Last six matches

won

3 - 1 v Liverpool (H) 23 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Man Utd (A) 08 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 3 v Sunderland (H) 03 Nov 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v West Brom (A) 25 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Chelsea (H) 18 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Hull (A) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

3 - 1 v Liverpool (H) 23 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Man Utd (A) 08 Nov 2014

Crystal Palace club profile

Last corresponding meeting

Swansea Crystal Palace

Sun 02 Mar 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Attendance: 20,240

Swansea 1 - 1 Crystal Palace
  • Jonathan de Guzmán (25)
  • Glenn Murray (82 Pen)
  Possession
Swansea 68%
Crystal Palace 32%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Swansea 5 1
Crystal Palace 3 2
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Swansea 8 2 1
Crystal Palace 11 4 0
Total 19 6 1
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