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Crystal Palace vs Wolves Prediction & Match Preview

Crystal Palace vs Wolves Prediction & Match Preview

Crystal Palace vs Wolves
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace will be aiming to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Man City and West Ham when they take on Wolverhampton in the Premier League round 21. 

The Eagles have been struggling at the back of late, but they are surely capable of matching the out-of-sorts Wolves at home ground. 

Crystal Palace will be without Ferguson, Hennessey, Mateta, Sakho, Schlupp, Tomkins, and Wickham, who remain sidelined with injuries.

The Wolves, on the other hand, did well to hold Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. 

Since Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops have been struggling in front of goal ever since Raul Jimenez suffered a long-term injury, a low-scoring affair is on the cards in London. 

Under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their previous six meetings in all competitions. Both Jonny and Marcal are sidelined with injuries for the Wolves as well.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Crystal Palace Wolverhampton Wanderers played so far 24 matches.
Crystal Palace won 8 direct matches. Wolverhampton Wanderers won 11 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.67 goals per Match.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves Prediction

Crystal Palace in actual season average scored 1.19 goals per match. In 12 (92.31%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (46.15%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Wolverhampton Wanderers average scored 1.00 goals per match in season 2021. In 6 (54.55%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Palace will again be without the services of Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins this weekend through injury.

New signing Jean-Philippe Mateta is in contention to make his debut against Wolves, with the 23-year-old's visa issues now resolved, but it seems likely that the attacker will start on the bench.

As a result, Christian Benteke should continue alongside Wilfred Zaha in the final third of the field, while Andros Townsend is expected to keep out Jordan Ayew to feature in a wide position once again.

As for Wolves, Fernando Marcal, Raul Jimenez and Jonny Castro remain unavailable for selection through injury, while Rayan Ait-Nouri is a doubt with the issue that he picked up against Chelsea.

Nuno is expected to keep faith with the majority of the side that picked up a point at Stamford Bridge, but there might be a change in the final third of the field with new signing Willian Jose potentially coming in for Adama Traore, who is still waiting for his first league goal of the season.

Ait-Nouri's likely absence could see Ki-Jana Hoever feature as a wing-back, while Daniel Podence is again expected to act as a link between the midfield and front two.

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Mitchell; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Benteke, Zaha

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Hoever; Podence; Neto, Willian Jose