Crystal Palace vs Swansea – Saturday 26th August 2017 – 15:00 

Palace are 4/5 with Christian Benteke at 7/2 to score first.

Crystal Palace face Swansea at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, in a must win game for both sides.

The Eagles come into this match in poor form, having lost both of their opening Premier League matches.

They have managed to win one competitive fixture under De Boer this season, last night's 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.

Both sides made wholesale changes, with Ipswich naming their youngest ever side and Palace making six changes.

James McArthur hit a superb second half double (76, 84), with both goals coming within eight minutes of each other.

Bersant Celina pulled back a late consolation goal for the Tractor Boys (90+1), but ultimately Palace have progressed.

New Manager 

Frank De Boer has endured a tough start as Crystal Palace manager, with two defeats in their opening two Premier League fixtures.

The Dutchman will have a big job on his hands, with Palace underachieving in the last two seasons.

Given the quality of players at the club, especially in the attacking areas, they should be performing much better.

The defeat against Liverpool was a narrow one, they will see this match against Swansea as an ideal opportunity to gain three points.

 

Eagles Favourites

Crystal Palace come into this match as favourites, with Palace's home advantage informing the odds.

The Eagles will be looking to win this fixture, securing their first win of the new season.

Palace will be looking for a first win over the Swans in five matches, losing two and drawing the other two.

Big Challenge

The Swans come into this match on the back of a 4-1 win against MK Dons, a great result for Clement's men.

MK Dons took the lead through Southampton loanee Ryan Seager (17), his first goal for the club.

Leroy Fer equalised for Swansea just two minutes later (19), with Fer scoring the first of two headers on the night.

The Dutchman returned on the hour mark for his and Swansea's second (60), to make it 2-1 on the night.

Tammy Abraham made it 3-1 to Swansea (71), before Jordan Ayew made it 4-1 with just four minutes remaining (86).

 

Tough Start

Swansea had a tough campaign last season, having just survived relegation last year.

They have just finalised the sale of key man Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton, with £45 million now available in transfer funds.

The Swans have yet to win a match in the Premier League, with a draw against Southampton and a defeat against Manchester United.

Paul Clement will need to start winning games, but they will also need to fill the void vacated by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Swans Underdogs

Clement's side come into this match as underdogs, with home advantage counting against them.

This will be a tough match for Swansea, with Palace boasting some excellent attacking players.

Swansea will be looking to make it 6 games unbeaten against the Eagles.

 

Swansea are 18/5 with Tammy Abraham and Fernando Llorente at 6/1 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Benteke to score first @ 7/2

Tip 2 – 2-2 draw @ 14/1

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