Swansea V Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium : Match Preview

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25 November 2016
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Ki Sung-yueng unavailable for Swansea's clash with Crystal Palace

Swansea are without midfielder Ki Sung-yueng for the Premier League visit of fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.

Ki came off the bench in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Everton, but it is understood that the South Korea international actually broke his toe against Manchester United three weeks ago and now faces a fortnight on the sidelines.

Wingers Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero are both fit after recent injuries, but Bob Bradley is set to name an unchanged side as he attempts to claim his first win in charge of bottom-placed Swansea.

Only Hull and Middlesbrough have scored fewer goals than Swansea, but a first home victory of the season would lift some of the gloom which has engulfed the club and cut the gap on Palace to two points.

Palace have lost five successive games to pile the pressure on Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

"Every team has to go through tough stretches in the Premier League, it's an unforgiving league and it's how you deal with those moments," Bradley said.

"There is always pressure, that is part of the deal. I came here knowing the situation.

"But the players know me by now. I will stick up for them every second but they also know I expect a lot.

"We are all in agreement now that things have turned around, but the final part is to make sure that it turns up on match day."

Crystal Palace have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

Striker Loic Remy, who has been out with a thigh injury, has suffered a setback after picking up a calf problem during his recovery and will be out for at least two weeks more than originally thought.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (knee) and defender Pape Souare (broken leg) remain sidelined.

Boss Pardew believes the next three Premier League games will define their season after a poor run of form.

After Swansea, Palace face mid-table Southampton and fellow strugglers Hull before heading into the busy festive period.

Pardew said: "The points total we get in those games is crucial for shaping our season.

"We still think we can get a high finish, we need to get points.

"I think it is important to know that every game for us is a game that we try to win.

"Our psychology is to go out and attack teams but we need to get points on the board and so do Swansea.

"For both teams it is a crucial game and we cannot hide from that fact. It is a big game."


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