The home side are now well on their way to emulating their opponents and becoming an established Premier League team, showing real quality since the turn of the year and outplaying Liverpool at Anfield in their most recent outing, somewhat spoiling Steven Gerrard’s farewell.
Jason Puncheon has repeated his exploits at the tail end of last season by being among the goals again this time around in helping the Eagles to more mid-table safety. Manager Alan Pardew has been the driving force, and surely they will only continue to improve in the future.
With eighth place already guaranteed and a highest Premier League points tally accrued, Swansea have surely exceeded their own expectations this season, also defying those who expected them to dramatically fall away after the January sale of top scorer Wilfried Bony.
The Ivorian returned to the Liberty Stadium in a Manchester City shirt to condemn his former club to defeat last weekend as the Swans defence had a bit of an off day, but once again they showed real promise in attack in what was a game decided by the performance of the two goalkeepers.
Crystal Palace again have a fully-fit squad available for this clash, but Wayne Hennessey will remain in goal in place of the rested Julian Speroni.
There could be changes for Swansea as Garry Monk may decide to rotate his squad, but Ki Sung-Yueng is out with a knee injury.
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