Palace And Wolves Face Off As Both Sides Battle To Find Form

It will be the third time of asking for Palace against Wolves having been handed two defeats on the road already this season in the league and FA Cup, but can the Eagles register a goal against them this season?

DATE

30th January 2021

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The last visit of Wolves to Selhurst Park was back in September 2019 in a game that ended all square. Palace went ahead courtesy of an own goal by Leander Dendoncker and it took an injury time goal from Diogo Jota to snatch a point for the visitors.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Wilfried Zaha (8.1)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Simon Hooper

Assistants – Lee Betts, Nick Hopton, Jonathan Moss (fourth official)

VAR – Martin Atkinson, Peter Kirkup (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE– Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins

WOLVES– Fernando Marcal, Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro Otto

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

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

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

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 08/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 26/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham United
  • 17/01/2021 Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 14/01/2021 Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • 08/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 02/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United

Last FIVE results for Wolves;

  • 27/01/2021 Chelsea 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 22/01/2021 Chorley 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 16/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 West Bromwich Albion
  • 12/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Everton
  • 08/01/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace

RECORD AGAINST WOLVES

  • Played 69
  • Won 21
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Pedro Neto 7.14
  • Nelson Semedo 7.05
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.01
  • Andros Townsend 6.96

ONE TO WATCH

RUBEN NEVES

FORMER CLUBS – Porto, Padroense (loan)

Capped 18 times for Portugal, the 23-year-old midfielder has already built up over a century of appearances for the Molineux club after joining from Porto in 2017. His performances in the middle of the park have been a real highlight for this Wolves side and has become one of the first names on the team sheet.

KEY CLASH

TYRICK MITCHELL v ADAMA TRAORE

The young Palace defender will be keen to see what he can do against the Wolves winger after spending much of the FA Cup tie on the bench watching while the Spaniard scored the winning goal from distance.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have only beaten Wolves once in 6 games
  • Wolves have failed to win in 6 league games
  • The last win for Palace in this fixtures was in January 2013
  • Wolves have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 league games

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 8th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (3 – 20th in PL)
  • PASSES – James McArthur (772)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (57 – 1st in PL0
  • TOUCHES – James McArthur (1034)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (41 – 13th in PL)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (60 – 8th in PL)

PREDICTION

This is a battle of two teams struggling to find any kind of consistency this season and in fact, are almost a mirror image of each other as they currently sit on the same points in the Premier League. Roy Hodgson will be keen on making amends for the disappointing defeat to West Ham but this Wolves side will return to form at some stage, hopefully after this weekend.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

Despite earning only two points in their last five matches and one win their last ten, the visiting Wolves come to Selhurst Park as better than 8/5 favorites to take all three points this weekend.  Given how both teams have been struggling, however, a draw here seems entirely possible.

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