Premier League Soccer Picks: Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:16 PM GMT

Tuesday, May. 19, 2015 10:16 PM GMT

The Eagles close out their season at home and will be taking on Swansea City. The soccer odds favor Crystal Palace -- who should we target with our picks?

Odds Overview
Looking at the top sportsbooks, we see Palace is favored in the +120 to +125 range for this season finale, which will take place at the rowdy Selhurst Park.

Swansea City is therefore priced out as the underdog, with books listing the Swans at right around +250 soccer odds. A draw is trading at right around the same price.

 

Crystal Palace
After losing four straight matches, the Eagles were in desperate need of a pick-me-up, and they got exactly that in their away fixture to Liverpool last weekend. The Reds were heavy favorites on the soccer odds board coming in, but it was Crystal Palace that was the superior side on the day, winning 3-1 to earn all three points.

Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray scored the goals for Palace, who erased an early 1-0 deficit to take control and run away with the match. Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie were especially dangerous throughout the match and caused Liverpool's defense all sorts of problems. That duo will look to cause similar havoc this weekend in hopes of closing out the season on a high note.

The bad news for the Eagles is they haven't been playing very well at home lately. They've lost three straight inside their own venue, falling to West Brom, Hull City and Manchester United. Losing to the Red Devils is understandable, but Palace should have been able to get at least a point out of the other two matches. Let's see if they can give the fans one last happy moment to close out the 2014/15 campaign.

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Swansea City
All in all, there hasn't been all that much to complain about if you're a Swans fan. They were unable to finish in the top seven -- they currently find themselves four points back of seventh with one match remaining -- yet they've managed a successful season in the grand scheme of things, picking up 56 points through 37 matches.

It's safe to say Swansea City has saved their best play for the final stretch of the season, as they've picked up five victories, one draw and two losses in their last eight league matches. The highlight, of course, came away to Arsenal in a 1-0 victory, but there have been other rock-solid performances included, like when the Swans beat Aston Villa away and tied with Everton at home.

The main issue for Swansea City this term has been trying to replace the goalscoring efforts of Wilfried Bony, who's now with Manchester City. Sung-Yong Ki, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis have all chipped in, scoring at least seven league goals each, but there hasn't been one standout option up front for the Swans.

 

Premier League Pick
While the Eagles certainly haven't been protecting their home turf all that well in recent matches, we've seen how tough they can be to deal with in general. 

However, the big reason why we like Palace in this situation? Their most recent win over Liverpool. The Eagles looked excellent from start to finish against the Reds, securing a huge three points at Anfield. Regardless of how poorly Liverpool has been playing, getting a victory up in Merseyside takes quite the performance.

You have to figure the Eagles will be full of confidence after that kind of win, and now they get to return home to take on a Swansea outfit that just got pummeled at home by Manchester City. With our soccer picks, we're expecting Crystal Palace to do just enough to earn a 2-1 win and the three points that come with it.

Free Premier League Soccer Pick: Crystal Palace at William Hill

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