Eagles Look To Repeat Last FA Cup Tie Against Wolves

In one of the first FA Cup Third Round ties of the weekend, Palace head to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers with memories of a perfect hat-trick for Danny Butterfield in the replay the last time the two sides met on the competition.

DATE

8th January 2021

KICK OFF

7.45pm

VENUE

Molineux, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR

LAST TIME

The most recent trip to Molineux was not the happiest for the Eagles who succumbed to two first half goals from Rayan Ait-Nouri on his debut for the hosts and Daniel Podence. To add insult to injury, captain Luka Milivojevic received his marching orders late one.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Pedro Neto (8.3)

OFFICIALS

Referee – David Coote

Assistants – Adam Nunn, Nick Hopton, Leigh Doughty (fourth official)

VAR – Jarred Gillet, Andrew Halliday (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE– Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson

WOLVES– Fernando Marcal, Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro Otto, Leander Dendoncker, Willy Boly,

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Joao Moutinho (1)

YELLOW CARDS (3+) – Luka Milivojevic (4), James McArthur (3), Wilfried Zaha (3), Joel Ward (3), Adama Traore (3), Conor Coady (3), Nelson Semedo (3), Ruben Neves (3)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 30/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 20/07/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 22/09/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 02/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 06/10/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 02/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United
  • 28/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 26/12/2020 Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 19/12/2020 Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
  • 16/12/2020 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Wolves;

  • 02/01/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 29/12/2020 Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 27/12/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 21/12/2020 Burnley 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 15/12/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea

RECORD AGAINST WOLVES

  • Played 68
  • Won 21
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Pedro Neto 7.14
  • Andros Townsend 7.08
  • Romain Saiss 7.03
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.01

ONE TO WATCH

PEDRO NETO

FORMER CLUBS – Vianense, Perspectiva em Jogo, Braga, Palmeiras Braga, Lazio (loan)

The 20-year-old did not have much of a senior career before joining Wolves in 2019, having made only a handful of appearances for Braga and Lazio. He arrived at Molineux with plenty of promise having made more appearances for Portugal at junior level than he had at club senior level. To date, the skilful winger has one full international cap but destined for more.

KEY CLASH

EBERECHI EZE v NELSON SEMEDO

There is little doubt that the form QPR man will start this cup tie and is one that can be a game winner for the Eagles as has already been proven in his short time in the red and blue. He could be up against a former Barcelona and Benfica defender now plying his trade in the Premier League.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have not beaten Wolves away since a 2-0 win in January 2019
  • Wolves are unbeaten against Palace in the last 3 games
  • Palace have won 4 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (8 – 8th overall)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (3 – 17th overall)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (663)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (47 – 3rd overall)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (865)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (36 – 13th overall)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (49 – 10th overall)

PREDICTION

As is always the case, much depends on the manager selections for this cup tie with plenty of football having been played already this season in what is a congested campaign where fitness is key to get through to the end of the season. Whether either manager sees this as an opportunity to progress in the competition of give fringe players a run out remains to be seen, particularly as both clubs are sat on the same points in the Premier League. It is going to be a tight match likely decided by a moment of magic and it is about time Palace had another run in the competition so let’s be bold.

FINAL SCORE: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 10/11
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 11/4
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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