Premier League Preview – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Following the late defeat on Monday night down on the South Coast, Roy Hodgson will know the importance of picking up some points ahead of the international break.
The Eagles welcome newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers to Selhurst Park for the first time in almost six years and it is a quite different side making the trip from Molineux.
Boss Nuno Santo has pulled together an exciting team which has already won many plaudits after promotion from the Championship with apparant ease. With an impressive start to this campaign, it will be interesting to see how they fare for the remainder but there is no doubting the quality they have throughout the side.
Palace are smarting from two games that got away from them and without a goal at home this season, the players will be intent on making amends. For that to happen however, either Wilfried Zaha will need to be on top form or the striking options, whichever is to be used, need to step up and put away the chances that are falling their way.
Like it or not, Christian Benteke has been missed since sustaining an injury on international duty. Jordan Ayew is certainly a step up in terms of options that were available last season while Alexander Sorloth has yet to impress. If only Connor Wickham was fit for action…
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Jairo Riedewald (knee) is a major doubt while Christian Benteke (knee), Connor Wickham (calf) and Scott Dann (knee) are not expected to feature.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS – Helder Costa (knock) is the only slight doubt.
The last time the two sides met was over five years ago, in January 2013. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to Andre Moritz and Yannick Bolasie. Moritz grabbed his second and Palace’s third shortly after the break with the consolation coming from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the visitors.
Who Scored man of the match – Andre Moritz
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 01/01/2013 Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 02/10/2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 02/02/2010 Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 23/01/2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 03/03/2009 Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 01/10/2018 Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 25/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Crystal Palace
- 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
Last FIVE results for Wolves;
- 29/09/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Southampton
- 25/09/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City
- 22/09/2018 Manchester United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 16/09/2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Burnley
- 01/09/2018 West Ham United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.45
- Raul Jimenez 7.24
- Willy Boly 7.22
- Wayne Hennessey 7.15
ONE TO WATCH
JOAO FILIPE IRIA SANTOS MOUTINHO
Former clubs – Portimonense, Sporting CP, Porto, Monaco
It was a coup Wolves signing the 32 year old midfielder after his successful five year stint at Monaco for a fee reported to be in the region of £5million. The midfielder, capped over a hundred times for Portugal, had previously been at Porto and before that Sporting CP where he made his professional debut in 2005. He played his part in Portugal winning the European Championships for the first time in 2016.
This is a difficult match up for Palace, one that is arguably more testing than any recently promoted sides considering the form that Wolves have shown in the early season to date. They have impressed most out of the three new additions to the Premier League with their top class signings acclimatising to life in the top division quickly. Whether they play up against the bigger names in the division remains to be seen but this is a game the Eagles will be seeing to take all three points from following disappointment in the last two outings in the league. Not that we have been very accurate lately but we are going for a narrow win for the hosts.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 15/8
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 13/8
- Both teams to score – 9/10
Find our what the guys from Wolves Blog told us in the summer in our ‘View From The Opposition’ feature