Date: 27th August 2017 at 1:31pm
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Saturday`s game at Selhurst Park saw both sides adopting a 3-5-2 formation as Frank De Boer looks to implement his own style at Crystal Palace.

Paul Clement, meanwhile, stuck with the system that limited Manchester United last weekend, before positive changes allowed them to score three late goals. Despite an injury to Kyle Bartley in midweek, Clement used all of his three available centre backs, as Mike van der Hoorn kept his place after playing at MK Dons on Tuesday night.

As usual, we`re relying on the great work from twitter user @11tegen11 to look at the pass maps from this game, which provides an insight into the two teams` shape, busiest players in terms of passing and most common passing link-ups.

The main difference between Palace and Swansea`s 3-5-2 systems is how Palace pushed one of their midfielders further forward to assist the strikers, while the Swans had a flat line of 5 in midfield, and a big gap between them and the front 2.

Check the tweet below to look through the pass maps of the game.

Jason Puncheon for Crystal Palace was the player to push further forward as the attacking midfielder to help create chances for the front 2, and the Swans needed somebody like Leroy Fer to do the same job.

It was the same thing against Manchester United last weekend – which we pointed out in our analysis of that game here, as the two strikers were given a tough job without a number 10 to link up with them.

The pass maps also shows that the Swans sat deeper, with two close defensive and midfield lines – with Alfie Mawson the busiest of the two wide defenders as he linked up with Tom Carroll.

The image below shows the two teams` average positions together – and you can see the relation in terms of high up the pitch they played etc.

Swansea`s two strikers were often up against 4 Palace players as the graphic shows, and Abraham in particular was often moving to a wide right position to link up with Kyle Naughton. This often left Ayew isolated through the middle.

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3 Replies to “Pass Maps: Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City”

  • Yes this shows the clear need for a right sided midfielder. Carroll and now Clucas are very left sided and Fer shows no interest in going to the right. If Mesa comes in he too is left footed. We are completely unbalanced and one sided. Clement tried to change it by bringing on Routledge but this changed the system to a back four and Routledge was faced by two players as Naughton dropped back. Clement has just not addressed the problem of the right and how we are going to play upfront with Ayew and Abrahams just playing together. Sigurdsson used to play deep as well as joining in when the ball got forward. Ayew just can’t do that. If and when Llorente returns what will happen to Abrahams and Ayew? In our present system we need a man just behind Llorente and I can’t see Ayew OR Abrahams doing that job. We desperately need a No. 10 who can chase back as well as Sigurdsson did. Good luck in finding one.

  • I thought Mesa was right footed? I’m hoping we keep hold of Llorente, because he will drop deep to half way and look for the ball, hold it up and bring others into play, Abraham and Ayew just aren’t doing it as the graphic shows. The gap between the front 2 and midfield is far too big and we just can’t link up effectively. Clement could be more positive with 3-5-2 and switch it to a 3-4-1-2, moving Fer to CAM, or at least have Fer or someone more box to box – just get someone in the hole to work with the front 2. I got the feeling that Clement is using 3-5-2 as a base to work from, keeping things tight, not conceding and then switch to 4 at the back to get goals maybe as both times we’ve started with that system that’s what he’s done.

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