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Palace Preview: Record v Wolves bodes well for Eagles

18 July 2020

Crystal Palace may be on a frustrating run of form, but they can take positives from two key factors for their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers: their form against the hosts and recent performances against top six clubs.

Starting with Palace's record against Wolves, the south Londoners have lost just one of their seven meetings over the last 10 years. The Eagles have won four of those clashes and drawn twice. Since Wolves' return to the Premier League, the two sides have won, drawn and lost once each.

Furthermore, Palace have won three of their last four away league games against Wolves (L1), including each of their last two and the hosts have failed to win consecutive home league games all season.

This will encourage an Eagles side no doubt boosted in difficult circumstances by their recent efforts against Chelsea and Manchester United, two sides ahead of Wolves by just seven and six points respectively.

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While Palace lost both of these clashes, they were deserving of a more positive result, and can be frustrated by controversial moments in each fixture.

Fans can expect a potentially low scoring game, however, with Wolves keeping home clean sheets in five of their last six matches at Molineux and Palace not scoring away from home in three games.

Did you know?

Wolves have scored 73.5% of their Premier League goals this season in the second-half – the only teams to have scored a higher such percentage in a season are Portsmouth and Stoke City in 2008/09 (both 73.7%) and Reading in 2007/08 (75.6%).

Tactical overview

Wolves have collected four points from their last four games, falling to defeat against both Arsenal and Sheffield United and drawing with Burnley.

They failed to score in both of those defeats, but have netted four in their last two games now. Key frontman Raul Jimenez has bagged two from his last two - four from seven in the restart - and so Palace's depleted defence will have to remain alert to his threat.

One strength that Eagles fans were reminded of against Chelsea was Wilfried Zaha's ability to run at his adversaries. The winger has attempted 233 take-ons in the opposition’s half this season and 42 in the opposition’s box – both Premier League highs for 2019/20. Clearly, this is one part of his game the talisman has sustained a significant focus on.

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Team news

Palace were boosted by Jeffrey Schlupp's return to fitness against United, with the No.15 playing his first competitive minutes since December 2019. 

However, they lost Patrick van Aanholt to a dislocated shoulder and are still without Gary Cahill. James Tomkins has returned to training, but is unlikely to be available for selection so soon. Martin Kelly is able to make the bench, however Roy Hodgson has said he would rather keep the defender rested for as long as possible.

Christian Benteke is still suspended.

Wolves appear to have no pressing injury concerns, with Pedro Neto being assessed before their draw with Burnley. The Portuguese winger played 12 minutes in that game. 

Stay tuned to cpfc.co.uk, the official app and our social media channels for further updates.

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On TV

This game will be shown live via BT Sport 1 from 19:45. Kick-off is 20:15 BST.

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Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

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You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Wolves clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here.

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Match Reports

Report: Development-studded Palace squad fall to on-song Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace

20 July 2020

A Crystal Palace squad replete with youthful Development talents fell 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening at Molineux, with the home side netting once each half to ensure the Eagles could only take positives from the experience gained by their inexperienced prospects.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson names five Development prospects in his squad, with Tyrick Mitchell earning his first Premier League start
  • Mamadou Sakho leaves the field to be replaced by Cheikhou Kouyate after 22 minutes
  • Both sides are fairly balanced, with little of note happening in the game’s first 40 minutes
  • Wolves open the scoring through Daniel Podence shortly before half-time
  • Half-time: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • Wolves begin the second-half well, and score their second through Jonny just as Palace begin to look level
  • The home side consolidate their lead adeptly, and Palace are restricted to half chances for the remainder of the game
  • Full-time: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace

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A first start in any league is a daunting task for an aspiring footballer. From the cut, viscous turf of Sunday league to the bowling greens of the top-flight, a debut kick-off is a notable rung on the sporting ladder.

The scale of that task increases when the aspiring footballer is a defender. It increases further still when they’re only 20-years-old.

So, teammates, opposition and the thousands watching from home wouldn’t and couldn’t blame Tyrick Mitchell for a shaky start against Wolves this evening. But he didn’t have one. In fact, he had quite the opposite.

Mitchell began Palace’s game this evening with several confident runs along the left touchline, familiarising himself with a slice of the Premier League pitch he may become familiar with in years to come.

His drives forward, in fact, yielded the game’s first two chances - as Jeffrey Schlupp had a cross blocked out and then Mitchell himself saw his ball to Jordan Ayew suffocated.

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Much of the Academy prospect’s start came in the front half - or even third - of Wolves’ territory. With Adama Traore his company in the Eagles’ defensive sector, perhaps that comes as no surprise. 

But on one push forward, Mitchell fell victim to a stinging accident as Matt Doherty’s studs pressed into his boot, leaving Palace’s rearguard a man short while defending a counter-attack.

It was a bruising start for Mitchell, and yet he was not the first Palace defender to leave the pitch, with Mamadou Sakho undergoing treatment after 18 minutes and being replaced by Cheikhou Kouyate to hand Roy Hodgson another fitness blow.

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Fortunately, though typically a midfielder for the south Londoners, Kouyate has experience at centre-back for Senegal, and slotted into the backline comfortably.

At the other end of the pitch, Palace recorded the game’s first chance of note, with Wilfried Zaha fizzing a ball into Schlupp’s feet 25 yards from goal.

Schlupp drove into the box alone but, under increasing defensive pressure, could only shoot wide by barely an inch to hit the advertising boards behind Rui Patricio’s net.

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Andros Townsend then whipped the ball into Patricio’s hands from a long-range free-kick, but the home side were the first to attack with success as Daniel Podence headed home on the end of a finely developed push towards the byline.

Palace then saw a string of dead balls lead to nothing and were forced to return to the changing room a goal behind.

With momentum behind them, the home side began the second-half brightest, with fleeting chances for Jonny, Traore and Raul Jimenez dealt with adeptly by Palace’s defence.

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The Eagles settled themselves back into the game and began to push at Wolves as they had done - without many chances to remark on - in the first-half.

Approaching the hour mark, Traore ran in trademark fashion and forced Vicente Guaita into a solid, low block and the visitors could reflect on an assured defensive spell. His burst forward was a clear warning call, if Palace or any visiting side ever needed one.

Reacting, Palace then put Patricio under pressure as he mopped up a deep James McCarthy cross and then again Guaita was forced into instinctive action as he raced to punt clear a dribbling Jimenez flick-on.

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But the Spanish shot stopper wasn’t given a chance when Wolves doubled their lead. Acting on his threat, Traore burst with unstoppable strength between Mitchell and McArthur before feeding a Jimenez tap on to Jonny, who turned home with confidence.

Having been so deservedly equal in the first-half, Palace appeared as if they struggled to react to Wolves' newfound dominance, and the game petered into its dying minutes.

The Eagles threatened with a series of half chances - Zaha and Mitchell both in the green turf of Wolves' box - but were unable to send Patricio's net bulging.

By the final whistle, a talented, on-song Wolves side could be proud to have protected their European place against a Palace team who provided tough opposition for swathes of the game. The Eagles return to London with one clash of the season left, without points but with a valuable experience secured by five talented young prospects.

Wolves: Patricio, Coady, Jonny, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Traore (Neto 81), Dendoncker, Jimenez, Podence (Jota 72).

Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Buur, Saiss, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Jordao.

Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Sakho (Kouyate 22), Dann, Ward, Schlupp (Riedewald 72), McArthur, McCarthy, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Henderson, Kelly, Woods, Kirby, Meyer, Pierrick, Gordon.

For full match highlights, post-match reaction and both managers' press conferences, check out Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the official app.

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