Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Swansea v Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday evenings Carabao Cup tie by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Swansea v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 28/08/2018
- Time: 19:30
- Venue: Liberty Stadium
- Channel: N/A
The second round of the Carabao Cup begins this week and to start off the proceedings we see former Premier League side Swansea take on a battling Crystal Palace side.
The Swans were unable to survive the drop last season, whilst Palace maintained their top flight status despite a horrific start to the season under Frank De Boer, bringing in ex-England and well-travelled manager Roy Hodgson to save them from relegation.
In contrast, Swansea could not avoid the drop despite a good run of form under Carlos Carvahal towards the back end of the season, and ultimately paid the price.
For Palace, the game comes just two days after their 2-1 defeat away to a promising and confident Watford side. Despite a second half reprieve, Palace were unable to grab a second goal for a point, coming close in the dying embers of the game.
As for Swansea, they hosted Bristol City on Saturday, succumbing to an early Andy Weimann goal. That result sees the Swans without a win in 3 games, having drawn the previous two away to Birmingham City and at home to Leeds United respectively.
With this game coming soon after a busy weekend for both sides in their divisions, expect some changes to be made from those starting line ups seen on Saturday and Sunday.
Starting with the Eagles, another goalless display from Christian Benteke could see new signing Alexander Sorloth start for the Eagles, either alone or alongside Benteke.
Having made an appearance against Watford on Sunday, free transfer Max Meyer could be in line for a start as he tries to get to speed with the English game. Meyer had been touted as a promising prospect and possible German International, and given some of the interest held in him before by others, signing for Palace on a free transfer in the summer has been seen by some as a great piece of business. Should he start, expect him to be looking to make an impression and give Hodgson food for thought going forward.
3 others awaiting their debuts include on loan Jordan Ayew, and should he be permitted to play could make for an interesting reception at the Liberty Stadium given he was a favourite of the Swans fans last season. Hodgson will be able to recall the superb Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back following his one game suspension for his straight red card in the home defeat to Liverpool.
As for Swansea, they will be looking to Ollie McBurnie to find the net again as he did twice in the 2-2 thriller at home to Leeds last week.
Fan favourite Tom Carroll can cause plenty of problems in midfield and has the ability to find those neat little through balls, as well as find the back of the net himself.
With the loan window still open until August 31st, Cameron Carter-Vickers arrived in Wales over the weekend to secure his move to the welsh coast. He could be called upon by Swans boss Graham Potter should he feel any of his players need a rest after their weekend league match.
Having come off the bench for the second half against Bristol City, creative speak Jefferson Montero could also feature and has the ability to cause defenders headaches when running at them.
Potential Swansea Starting XI: Mulder, Roberts, Van Der Hoorn, Olsson, Celina, Fulton, Carroll, Montero, McKay, McBurnie
Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Hennesey, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, Meyer, Milivojevic, Townsend, Benteke, Sorloth
Head To Head
- Out of their 29 encounters, Palace have won just 5 against the Swans, losing 13 and drawing 11
- In their last 5 meetings, Swansea have come away with the win in the 3 games, drawing the other two. Palace last beat the Swans in 2015.
- The last 5 meetings have seen the sides share 18 goals between them, including 5-4 goal fest at the Liberty Stadium in 2016.
Key Stats & Facts
- Swansea have kept two clean sheets in their 5 Championship games thus far, 1 at home and 1 away.
- Palace have conceded two goals in 2/3 games this season, keeping one clean sheet on the opening day at Fulham.
- Ollie McBurnie has scored 3 times this season, two coming against a tough Leeds United.
Betting Odds from Bet 365
- Swansea 13/5
- Draw 5/2
- Crystal Palace 8/7
Based on the form of both so far this season, I expect to see both teams to score and would even go with over 2.5 given the goals shared between them and this being early in the cup. Should he start, I would also back Ollie McBurnie to score anytime