The situation at the Liberty is quickly becoming desperate, as some of the early strugglers around Swansea have started to pick up points. Crystal Palace were one of those teams in the mire early on, but having brought in Hodgson the Eagles are now beginning to soar.
Swansea are 2/1 to pick up an invaluable three points, which would surely buy boss Clement some more time. Defeat could see the Swans as many as seven points from safety at the halfway stage of the season. It’s hard to see how chairman Huw Jenkins and the board could afford their manager some Christmas spirit and let him continue after a damaging loss against a relegation rival, especially with the transfer window about to open.
Crystal Palace are 13/8 for the win, and their chairman Steve Parish will be a lot more willing to open the chequebook for former England boss Hodgson come the January sales. After working hard to tighten things up at the back, the goals are now starting to come at the opposite end of the pitch. Benteke will be a miss, but in Wilfried Zaha Palace have one of the Premier League’s most in-form players.
The draw is 11/5 and wouldn’t be the worst result in the world for the visitors, keeping one of the teams they’ve managed to leapfrog in recent weeks at arm’s length. It wouldn’t do Swansea too much good though, as they could use a victory to take them to within two points of the Eagles and keep another club down near the relegation zone.
Tammy Abraham is 11/5 to score anytime, which he’ll be desperate to do after going over two months without a goal. Swansea have won just one game since he last found the net, with the on-loan English youngster losing his place to Bony. Abraham’s 5/1 to open the scoring in this one.
Zaha meanwhile is 6/1 to score the first goal of the game, which would be no surprise considering the form he’s in. The winger has been playing up front of late and looks a lot more composed in front of goal, and he’s priced at 13/5 to score anytime.