PL: Wolves vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, stats and prediction
The English Premier League weekend football returns early as we anticipate the start of Gameweek 7 tonight. A late Friday night fixture will see Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace at the Molineux. Find out team news, stats and prediction for the Wolves vs Crystal Palace Premier League fixture.
Heading to the fixture, the hosts slumped to a draw last weekend against Newcastle. Despite getting a late goal in the 80th minute through a Raul Jimenez strike, the visitors hit back in the 89th to draw level. It ends at the Molineux 1-1 to record their first draw in the PL this season.
Crystal Palace on the other hand, are enjoying their best start of the season in three years [W3, D2, L2]. At the Craven Cottage, Palace struck first in the 8th minute away to Fulham. A second goal from Wilfred Zaha seals a 1-2 away win for the Eagles, their second of the season.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace stats
Playing at the Molineux, Wolves only records a loss this season at the hands of Manchester City at home. Making a steady start to the season with 3 wins [D1, L2], Wolves sit 9th in the PL table equal on points with Crystal Palace. Wolves also records the game’s opening goal in the four games that they avoided defeat in the PL. This adds to their last season’s record of managing to avoid defeat in every Premier league match they scored first [W14, D3].
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have scored a single goal in all three of their home league games [W1, D1, L1]. Notably, three of their last four opening strikes arrived in the second half.
However, the Eagles also boast of a decent record at the Molineux, losing only two of their last seven matches at the venue [W3, D2, L2].
Hot Stats : Wilfred Zaha has scored five goals in his last six Premier League matches for Crystal Palace.
Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 27 Premier League Goals for Wolves since the start of last season.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace Team News
Wolves are in excellent condition in terms of injuries, with only Spanish defender Johnny Castro out on injuries. Nuno Santo have a handful of options in the team selection with the acquisition of Nelson Semedo and Fernando Marcal. With Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto all pushing for a start in the final third of the field. Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves also offer options of a change in midfield.
Crystal Palace, however, will be without Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey and Conor Wickham for the clash against Wolves. James McCarthy and James Tomkins have returned to training this week and could feature. Tyrick Mitchell will have to face a late fitness check, while Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are available to the team squad.
Wolves possible starting lineup :
Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo, Saiss; Podence, Jimenez, Neto
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Cahill, Dann, Mitchell; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Schlupp; Batshuayi, Zaha.
Based on recent form, both sides are a close call away from a definite decision. It will be a tight fixture offering counter attacking football from both sides and a draw might be the emerging result. However, it will be unlikely for Wolves to suffer a loss at home to Palace.
PREDICTION: WOLVES 2-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
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