Swansea’s 3-0 Europa League thumping of Valencia in Spain is being called the greatest result in the club’s history, but an improving and determined Crystal Palace side can bring them back down to earth with a bump by winning at Selhurst Park at odds of 21/10.
Michael Laudrup’s Mestalla heroes are priced up at 5/4 to leave south London with all three points and the draw is available at 23/10, but the Welsh side have not managed to string together successive wins so far this term.
Big Europa League wins against Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti were followed up with a no-score draw at the former and a 1-0 loss against Spurs in the league after the latter.
The thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool came after the Swans only domestic success in 2013/14 – the 2-0 win at West Brom – and despite dominating the league leaders for most of the game their lack of consistency in the top flight must be a worry for Laudrup with his team sitting in 13th place.
Swansea will be playing their third game in seven days when they face the Eagles and with six players making the starting line-up in both previous matches the former Getafe chief will have to shuffle his pack.
A trip to Ian Holloway’s newly promoted Palace may seem like the ideal time to rest a few players, but last year’s play-off winners have started to show some serious form recently and can catch the Capital One Cup holders out.
In their last home league game Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland were soundly beaten 3-1 by Holloway’s boys, with former Peterborough forward Dwight Gayle looking particularly lively next to Marouane Chamakh up front.
Palace were again impressive last time out against Manchester United at Old Trafford, when some questionable refereeing decisions left them a goal and a man down on the stroke of half-time after Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off and Robin van Persie converted from the spot.
Gayle scored his first goal in an Eagles shirt – also a penalty – in their home win against the Mackems and at 7/1 to break the deadlock against Swansea he looks like great value.