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Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Stoke City

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Swansea City’s safety fight gets a Saturday visit from a Stoke City side seeking club history (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Swans are two points back of Hull City for 17th and have been ice cold in recent weeks, failing to build on a remarkable run at the turn of the calendar. Since winning five of eight to start 2017, Swans are winless in six with just a single point gained in a visit from Middlesbrough.

Stoke hasn’t been great shakes, either, though perhaps the Potters woke up in snapping a four-match losing skid with a 3-1 win at Hull City last week. They also have the goal of finishing in the Premier League’s top half for an unprecedented fourth-straight season.

What they’re saying

Swans captain Leon Britton on the import of win“Stoke is the biggest game we have had in a long time. And whenever we have had big games in the past, our fans have always played a vital role for us. They have helped us achieve all the things we have achieved during my time at the club and we need them to do it again for us now.”

Stoke boss Mark Hughes on facing a struggling foe“We need to go to Swansea and understand their situation and capitalize on it. The key is to suck confidence from them.I’m sure Paul Clement is enjoying the experience of managing in the Premier League even if it’s a difficult situation for him.”

Prediction

Stoke has a bunch of battlers, and that character will serve it well against a desperate Swans. Expect both teams to strike in a 1-1 draw.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Swansea City (Lineups & Live Stream)

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With Liverpool and Arsenal slipping on Saturday, Manchester City has a chance to capitalize on their mistakes and jump into third place with a win on Sunday. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do so against one of the hotter Premier League teams not named Chelsea as they host Swansea City at the Etihad at 8:30 a.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

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The Swans have won three of their last four league games and have lifted themselves out of the relegation zone, revived under Paul Clement. Despite the good form, there’s some pressure on today, with Swansea knowing two of the three teams below them won the day before.

With his new signing coming out swinging, Man City boss Pep Guardiola has selected Gabriel Jesus ahead of Sergio Aguero up front for the second straight match. In addition, Guardiola has left struggling goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on the bench, starting Willy Caballero for the second straight game.

Fernandinho returns to the starting lineup for the first time since his straight red card over a month ago, while Vincent Kompany is left on the bench yet again as he struggles through an injury-plagued campaign.

Swansea City is unchanged from its win last time out over Southampton, the third consecutive match Clement has decided against any changes. He could eventually be forced into a move, with captain Leon Britton back on the bench after finding himself injured on New Year’s Eve.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Caballero; Stones, Kolarov, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane; Jesus.
Subs: Bravo, Kompany, Zabaleta, Fernando, Delph, Navas, Aguero.

Swansea City: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Carroll, Cork, Fer; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente.
Subs: Nordfeldt, Kingsley, Amat, Britton, Narsingh, Dyer, Borja.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City: Chamakh goal marks otherwise friendly match

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Crystal Palace finished their outstanding second-half of the season with three points at home as Marouane Chamakh netted in the second half to earn the win before going off injured.

Palace looked the more dangerous side early, with Wilfried Zaha giving the Swansea defenders problems. He impressively skipped past a pair of visiting challengers in the 13th minute before Leon Britton was required to make a stout tackle.

The Swans mounted few attacks through the first half-hour, while Palace continued to test the goal of Lukaz Fabianski. Jason Puncheon and James McArthur

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It would take until after halftime, but the home side had the opener as Marouane Chamakh scored his second goal of the season. A corner went past the far post to Scott Dann, who headed it back centrally. Chamakh beat Bafetimbi Gomis to the ball, and he powered a header of his own on target and in.

Unfortunately, Chamakh clearly injured his hamstring just minutes later as he went down clutching his left leg, and he was replaced instantly by Jordan Mutch.

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There was little in the match after the goal, as both teams saw it out with little incident. Selhurst Park didn’t even see a yellow card until the 89th minute when Glenn Murray brought down Kyle Naughton with a naughty tackle.

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Alan Pardew steered Palace to a stunning top-half finish with a total of 48 points, good for 10th position, one point above Everton and two back of Stoke City. Swansea ended with 56 points to place them in eighth place.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Zaha, Jedinak, McArthur (Murray 36′), Bolasie (Campbell 82′); Puncheon; Chamakh (Mutch 66′).
Bench: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Lee, Mutch, Murray, Campbell.

Goals: Chamakh 57′

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Bartley, Richards, Britton (Grimes 70′), Cork, Emnes, Dyer (Barrow 64′), Montero (Gorre 84′), Gomis.
Bench: Tremmel, Hanley, Rangel, Fulton, Grimes, Gorre, Barrow.

Crystal Palace vs Swansea City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Crystal Palace could complete a remarkable turnaround under Alan Pardew and go into the Top 10 on the final day, but they’ll need a win over Swansea City to do so, live from Selhurst Park live on E! or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Pardew has been served with a completely fresh squad, but Wayne Hennessey will start in goal as heavy-tenured shot-stopper Julian Speroni is rested for his testimonial midweek.

Meanwhile, Swansea has a mostly fit side as well as the Swans have little to play for, stuck in eighth place and unable to drop or gain from there. However, they have already secured a club record points total in the top flight, sitting on 56 points.

WATCH LIVE: Crystal Palace vs Swansea City live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Ki Sung-yeung is out after minor knee surgery, and manager Garry Monk has chosen to give a start to Leon Britton, just his ninth Premier League appearance this year.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Zaha, Jedinak, McArthur, Bolasie; Puncheon; Chamakh.
Bench: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Lee, Mutch, Murray, Campbell.

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Bartley, Richards, Britton, Cork, Emnes, Dyer, Montero, Gomis.
Bench: Tremmel, Hanley, Rangel, Fulton, Grimes, Gorre, Barrow.

Watch Live: Sunderland vs Swansea City (Lineups and Discuss)

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Gus Poyet gets to put a stamp on this amazing comeback with Sunderland, and will look to give their home fans a big sendoff against Swansea City.

The Swans made six changes as they take on the Black Cats at 10am ET live on Esquire or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Garry Monk brings in Gerhard Tremmel for Michel Vorm in goal with the game meanningless to the visitors, as Jonathan de Guzman, Leon Britton, Ashley Williams, and Pablo Hernandez all come out, with the latter not even in the squad.

Needing bodies to replace those sitting, Monk has instated 18-year-old Adam Kingwande for the first time since signing from Hearts in January, he is on the bench.

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Sunderland also makes a few changes knowing they are safe, with Lee Cattermole out of the squad after turning an ankle last week, and Phil Bardsley also rested.

American striker Jozy Altidore is on the bench, as is Emmanuel Giaccherini in attack reinforcements for Poyet.  The Black Cats will hope to give their home fans a show and not show any hangover from the completion of their amazing comeback.

LINEUPS:

Swansea City – Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Bartley, Taylor, Fulton, Shelvey, Dyer, Emnes, Routledge, Bony.
Bench – Cornell, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Kingwande, Vazquez.

Sunderland – Mannone, Vergini, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Bridcutt, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.
Bench – Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Mavrias, Agnew, Ustari.