Crystal Palace v Swansea City: Five players under the spotlight

Crystal Palace and Ian Holloway will know the importance of winning your home games when you are trying to stay in the Premier League but this will be a tough task against a Swansea City side that has been improving game on game.

Their only hope will be if Swansea are slightly fatigued after games against Liverpool and Valencia in the space of a few days. Palace won their last game at home against Sunderland but they will be in for a tougher test against Swansea.

I can only see Palace getting a draw at best on Sunday, Swansea look to have too much quality for Holloway’s side; they will probably hear that a lot this season.

Odds: Crystal Palace 12/5, Draw 12/5, Swansea City 6/4

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Five players to watch on Sunday:

Dwight Gayle

The young forward has a good performance at Old Trafford in their loss against Manchester United. He will be disappointed that he missed a terrific chance in the first half to put his side ahead. He will see this game as a chance to get back on the score sheet and help his side get some more vital points.

Wilfried Bony

The Ivorian striker has impressed in his short time in Wales but he will want to get a few goals under his belt after missing a few chances in Swansea’s draw against Liverpool on Monday night. He came with big potential after scoring 51 goals in 69 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem.

Jonathan De Guzman

The Dutch midfielder has been terrific so far this season and showed again against Liverpool why he may be a player in demand next summer. His pace and trickery may be too much for the Crystal Palace defence to handle. If he starts feeding Michu and Bony chances then it could be a long day for the home team.

Jonjo Shelvey

It’s safe to say that Shelvey had an eventful game against his former club Liverpool on Monday night football, he scored and assisted Swansea’s two goals but also gifted possession to Liverpool when the found the net. He will be hoping to improve his performance and make sure he only affects the game at the right end of the pitch. He won’t be in the team much longer if he keeps gifting the opposition goal scoring chances.

Kevin Phillips

He has been around scoring goals as long as anyone in the game and he usually has a taste for scoring important goals in big game, just look at the playoff final in May. Most likely he will feature off the bench but you can be sure he has the ability to make something happen when he does join the action. In what could be his last season as a professional, Phillips will want to go out in style.

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