Wolves will be hoping to return to winning ways as they host Crystal Palace at the Molineux Stadium in the Premier League. They met earlier this season in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace came out on top that evening with a 2-0 win, thanks to second-half goals from Zaha and Gallagher.
Wolves come into this game on the back of two consecutive defeats. Their recent game against West Ham United ended in a 1-0 defeat. Wolves dominated ball possession but could only manage one shot on target from their 14 attempts. Tomáš Souček’s 59th-minute goal was enough for the Hammers to secure all three points.
The back-to-back defeats have dealt a blow to Wolves’ European ambitions. They have slipped down to 8th on the table with 40 points. They are 7 points behind Manchester United who currently occupies 4th place but have a game in hand on the Red Devils.
Wolves Premier League Form: L W W L L
The away side have drawn three of their last five league games accompanied by one win and one loss. They played their last Premier League game against Burnley which ended in a 1-1 draw. Jeffrey Schlupp scored 9 minutes into the game only for Luka Milivojević to cancel it out with an own goal in the second half. Viera’s men followed up their draw against Burnley with a 2-1 win against Stoke City in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Crystal Palace are now 11th on the table with 30 points. Chasing them are Leicester City and Aston Villa, who are only behind on goal difference.
Crystal Palace Form (All competitions): D L W D W
Wolves vs Crystal Palace: Team news
Former Barcelona wing-back Nelson Semedo remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Ki-Jana Hoever is likely to keep his place in the team. There are no other injury worries for the Wolves.
Pedro Neto could be in contention for his first start since returning from a knee injury. Jimenez and Moutinho might return to the starting XI after coming off the bench against West Ham United.
Possible Wolves starting line-up
Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Hoever, Moutinho, Neves, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Hee-Chan
Pattrick Viera will be without Nathan Ferguson who is sidelined due to a hamstring injury while Joe Ward will be a doubt. Luka Milivojević and Conor Gallagher were on the bench for their FA Cup fixture but will return to the starting lineup.
Mateta will be battling for his place in the team with Edouard and Benteke.
Possible Crystal Palace starting line-up
Butland; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Milivojevic, Gallagher; Olise, Edouard, Zaha
Wolves 1-1 Crystal Palace
Both the teams have been solid at the back and have seldom conceded more than a goal in recent games. This tells us that it will not be a high-scoring game. It will be a tight game where both the teams will be compact. The two teams will cancel each other out and share the spoils at the full-time whistle.
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