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The Palace Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers

2 January 2019

Tonight, Crystal Palace head to the Midlands where they will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first match of 2019 looking to regain their form after a 1-0 loss against Chelsea on Sunday.

Wolves are playing on the back of a blistering victory over Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, a game they won 3-1 away having started by trailing 1-0. They have won four of their past six fixtures, including a win over Sunday’s victors Chelsea in November.

However, in spite of their strong form and ability to compete with the league’s top teams, the Wanderers have also suffered some hard-to-take losses at the hands of Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Brighton and Hove Albion.

On the whole, however, Nuno Espirito Santo's side have proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with this season.

Something Palace’s frontline will have to focus on is a strong home defence, who have conceded fewer goals than both Arsenal and Manchester United.

One defender that stands out for Wolves, though not quite playing in a conventional defence, is Matt Doherty, a 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international. Doherty is typically deployed as a right wing-back, playing in a very attacking role high up the pitch and has played in every single one of Wolves’ league matches this season while scoring three goals and claiming four assists. 

The most notable threat in terms of creating goals, however, comes from Mexican forward Raul Jimenez, who has been involved in 10 of Wolves’ 23 so far with six balls hitting the back of the net and four assists.

Looking back over recent games, Palace can take heart from their relative success against Wolves as the Eagles have won three of the two sides’ past five encounters, drawing once and losing the other.

The match which stands out between Palace and Wolves at Molineux, however, arguably comes from further back - 2008 - when the Eagles made the 300-mile round trip north to notch up a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Clinton Morrison, Sean Scannell and Jamie Scowcroft.

Stepping down to the Championship that day was Howard Webb, who would referee the 2009 FA Cup Final in the next season as well as having been the man in the middle for the 2007 League Cup Final the season before.

Also on the pitch then was a certain Wayne Hennessey, as the then-Wolverhampton shot-stopper continued to establish his authority and stake his claim for the number one spot under Mick McCarthy.

Elsewhere, Palace fans will want to keep an eye on Newcastle United's match against newly in-form Manchester United. The Red Devils have won their past three games and have scored a total of 12 goals while doing so. Palace's match with Wolves therefore affords the Eagles a chance to move clear of Newcastle in the Premier League table should Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side win, as the teams are only separated by one point before the fixtures kick-off.

The match will take place at 20.00 tonight under the lights of St James' Park.

Tactical overview

Wolves currently sit seventh in the league table, and have achieved their success largely through intense, attacking football with a back three that allows for attacking wing-backs to support an often lethal offensive triangle.

They can be seen to counter-attack very well with this system and have shown that their relentless ability to romp forward with pressure can break even the best teams down, such as with their late 3-1 win over a pinned-back Tottenham side.

Your matchday stat & ref

Wolves have scored a league-high ratio 78% of their Premier League goals in the second half of games this season (18/23), with their five goals scored in the opening 45 minutes a league-low figure.

Refereeing this match will be Roger East, who will be assisted by Adrian Holmes, Derek Eaton and Lee Mason as fourth official.

Team news

For the Eagles, there seem to be no new injury updates bar Christian Benteke's ongoing forced absence.

For Wolves, Diego Jota has been sidelined for their past three matches but may well be available tonight. Adama Traore was substituted against Spurs with a slight hamstring injury. Nuno has stated that he 'will see' whether either of the pair are fit to play.

Live Coverage

This match will not be shown live on television in the UK, however Palace Audio will make full commentary of the game available to fans for just £1.49. Find out more here.

Fans in the USA can watch the game live on NBC Sports Gold while if you live abroad elsewhere, you can find out where to watch the match with our Worldwide TV Listings.

Alternatively, if following from outside the United Kingdom, why not check if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you? You can find the nearest one to you here.

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Match Reports

Report: Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace

2 January 2019

Jordan Ayew found the perfect time to net his first goal for Palace as he sparked a late surge that saw Palace net twice to seal all three points against Wolves at Molineux.

The Ghanaian striker began 2019 with a bang as he produced a composed finish with three minutes remaining to edge his side towards victory in a tightly-contest affair, and with the last kick of the game Luka Milivojevic emphatically dispatched a penalty to seal another away win for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Despite the pre-match flames and fireworks, the game kicked off in freezing temperatures and it took a while to heat up with few moments of goalmouth action in the opening 25 minutes.

The only early sparks came when Raul Jimenez saw a dipping attempt flash over from distance before Palace responded when Andros Townsend stole the ball off Willy Bolly to set up Milivojevic on the edge of the box who saw his effort tipped over by Rui Patricio.

Townsend was then unable to trouble his Manchester City wonderstrike in the Goal of the Season voting as he belted the ball high into the huddled masses behind the goal, but on 36 minutes the hosts had a huge opportunity to take the lead with the encounter’s first real chances.

Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner was met by an unmarked Boly who messed up his own attempt at a header, but the ball fell kindly to Matt Doherty to nod goalwards himself but the matchwinner back in October couldn’t find the net once again when well-placed, which also was the case in the final seconds of the half when Mamadou Sakho failed to turn home Patrick van Aanholt’s free-kick with his head from a tight angle.

When play resumed the shots continued to be wayward and Jonny was the next to fail to trouble the goalkeeper when he untidily shanked into the crowd when picked out by a Doherty cutback, followed by Ayew when he was sent rushing goalwards by a Townsend through-ball, but having been forced wide by Conor Coady he did as well as he could to get a shot away, albeit well wide.

But as the game snuck into the 80th minute, Palace began to look more menacing and nearly conjured a way to get in front when Wilfried Zaha, Townsend and Cheikhou Kouyaté saw shots blocked during a goalmouth scramble, however three minutes later the Eagles did snatch the lead when Van Aanholt saw a cross-shot screw perfectly into the path of Ayew, who took a touch before placing the ball into the net to net his first Eagles strike.

With only a few minutes to see out to claim the win, Vicente Guaita was called into his first save of the night in stoppage-time when Ruben Neves saw a low drive head goalwards, but the shot-stopper did well to beat the ball away to safety and keep his sheet clean.

And that proved vital as moments later, Hodgson’s team were awarded a penalty when Zaha was tripped in the box by Ryan Bennett and Milivojevic drove home the spot-kick to ensure his team began the new year in the best way possible.

Wolves: Patricio, Coady, Boly, Bennett, Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss (Neves 73), Jonny, Costa, Cavaleiro (Gibbs-White 64), Jimenez. Subs not used: Ruddy, Vinagre, Dendonker, Traore, Bonatini.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyaté, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew (Wickham 88). Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Riedewald, Schlupp, Meyer.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Wolves Away Now on Sale

30 November 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's Premier League match away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday 2 January, kick-off 19.45 GMT, are now on sale.

Tickets will be available in the following selling order:

Phase 1

Tuesday 4th December from 10am. Season Ticket holders & paid Members with 3000+ loyalty points.

One ticket per client reference.

Phase 2

Wednesday 5th December from 10am. Season Ticket holders – no loyalty points requirement.

One ticket per client reference.

Phase 3

Thursday 6th December from 10am. Paid Members – no loyalty points requirement.

One ticket per client reference.

Phase 4

Friday 7th December from 10am. Season Ticket holders and paid Members can book one additional ticket (maximum of two tickets per Client Reference) – no loyalty points requirement.

All sale phases are subject to availability.

Ticket prices:

Adults - £27
Seniors (Over 65) - £15
Under 21 - £15
Under 17 - £12
Under 12 - £5

Disabled supporters receive a free Personal Assistant ticket.

Please note that all tickets posted will incur a £1.50 postage fee per booking.

Coach Travel

The coach will depart Selhurst Park at 2.30pm and is priced at £21 per seat.

Match tickets and coach travel will be available to book online here, by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

The Ticket Line is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays. Personal callers are able to visit the Box Office between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Both the Ticket Line and Box Office will be closed on bank holidays.

Loyalty points can be viewed at any time, by logging into your account and selecting 'My Account', then 'Loyalty Points'.

Supporters who haven’t already created their One Account can do so by registering here. Details of how to link this to your ticketing account, along with other FAQs can be found here. These must be linked in order to book tickets online.

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