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Palace Preview: Stat reveals Palace’s bouncebackability

21 September 2019

Describing Crystal Palace’s recovery from the edge of relegation in December 2003 to promotion in May 2004, Iain Dowie coined the term ‘bouncebackability’ and it’s stuck throughout the sporting world since.

Carrying the torch for Dowie 15 years later, the Eagles still display an impressive ability to recover from setbacks and bounce-back from defeat with strength and determination.

Palace’s recent times have been no different to Dowie’s resilient south Londoners in 2004, with Roy Hodgson’s men responding to their last five league defeats with five immediate victories.

Both he and the rest of Crystal Palace will be hoping for a similar reaction to last Saturday’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur as Nuno Espírito Santo brings Wolverhampton Wanderers to Selhurst Park this afternoon.

The last time Palace lost consecutive Premier League matches was in January of this year, falling to Watford and then Liverpool respectively. Furthermore, the Eagles are unbeaten in their last four league clashes at Selhurst Park and face a Wolves side who have registered just one league win on the road from nine clashes.

The last time Palace faced Wolves saw the Eagles depart Molineux with a 2-0 win under their belt, Luka Milivojevic adding to a Jordan Ayew goal with a 95th-minute penalty.

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And it is Ayew who can lay claim to being Palace’s most prolific player this season, the Ghanaian forward netting in matches against Manchester United and Aston Villa respectively. The 28-year-old has also landed five shots on target for Palace, the most of anyone in the team so far. 

For a Wolves side who have conceded 10 goals this campaign, Ayew could prove to be a threat today.

It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for Nuno and Wolves, who will have played four additional matches since the Premier League began due to their participation in the Europa League.

As if often seen in a team’s first recent season in Europe, Wolves have suffered from the increased schedule and have lost their last two matches - including a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.


Did you know?

This is the sixth occasion that Wolves have failed to win any of their first five games in a top-flight season (W0 D3 L2) – they were relegated in each of those previous five campaigns (2003-04, 1983-84, 1975-76, 1964-65 and 1905-06). 

Tactical overview

Nuno sticks quite rigidly to a 3-5-2 formation, typically leading with the talented pair of Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota going forward.

Elsewhere, however, Nuno has tinkered with his starting lineups throughout the season as Wolves have had to balance Europa League football with a poor start to their domestic campaign. In fact, only Conor Coady has started all five league matches in defence so far - leading to the visiting Midlands club exposed by their inconsistency.

Team news

Palace were missing several key players in their clash with Spurs last week, with James McArthur and Martin Kelly perhaps most notable in their absence. Connor Wickham and Scott Dann were also sidelined and Cheikhou Kouyaté had to leave the field, with Hodgson speculating that the Africa Cup of Nations finalist had rolled his ankle.

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Saturday did however see Mamadou Sakho start his first league game in seven months and James Tomkins return to the matchday squad after a lengthy period of injury.

This week, Hodgson has revealed that every player is fit bar Wickham, who will return to training imminently.

SEE ALSO: Hodgson explains Kouyate's rapid recovery from Spurs injury

For Wolves, Matt Doherty underwent a small operation during the international break but featured as a substitute in Wanderers’ loss to Chelsea last Saturday.

How to follow

There are a handful of tickets still remaining, so the best way to follow is to buy yours now!

This match will not be shown live on television in the UK but you can still stay in the loop. For fans following from abroad, we can show you where you can watch live.

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Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, 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. 

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Social media

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

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during today's 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.

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International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: 10-man Wolves steal draw in dying seconds

Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

22 September 2019

In an afternoon that saw Crystal Palace go five league games unbeaten in SE25, the Eagles saw a near-secured victory stolen from them in the dying seconds of a close-fought game with 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers.


  • James McArthur returns to the starting XI and Mamadou Sakho keeps his place
  • The first half starts as a quiet one
  • Vicente Guaita saves remarkably from Matt Doherty
  • Half-time: 0-0
  • Leander Dendocker deflects a Joel Ward strike into his own net
  • Romain Saiss is sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Wilfried Zaha
  • Wolves steal a point in the game's final moments through Diogo Jota
  • Final score: 1-1

Wolves travelled south to face Palace on the back of a 5-2 league defeat to Chelsea, with the Eagles themselves having suffered to the tune of four goals against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.

But for two teams who had conceded a combined nine times between them from just two matches, this afternoon’s clash started at a very steady pace.

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Ten minutes passed with nothing of note filling the time until Dendoncker saw a clear chance fall his way on the end of a deep Joao Moutinho corner. 

With the ball bouncing loose in the Palace box, Dendoncker struck-out a leg to stab it home only for McArthur to instinctively block him close to the line.

In a similar situation at the other end of the field 15 minutes later, Dendocker was unable to rise above Jordan Ayew who, looking confident from kick-off, got his head on the end of a Luka Milivojevic corner to steer the ball into the hands of a diving Rui Patricio. 

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But instead it was the head of Doherty which caused the most concern moments later as he powered himself behind a Raul Jimenez cross barely six yards from Palace’s goal line. 

Leaping with split-second reactions, Guaita pulled off a remarkable save to deny the Irish fullback, hitting the turf with relief and entirely to thank for keeping his side level.

Looking to build on the energy naturally sparked by his ‘keeper’s heroics, Zaha burst into the Wolves box before mesmerising Willy Boly on the turn only to run out of space, Patricio deflecting the ball from the Ivorian’s feet and out for a corner.

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The minute’s action starkly contrasted those which preceded it and a goal seemed imminent for either side. Wolves’ Jota looked closest to claiming it when he swung his right foot at the ball from 18 yards, but his resulting effort was held comfortably by Guaita.

Doherty was next to try his luck but failed to connect with Moutinho’s driven cross, leaving the ball to pass directly into the hands of Guaita.

Kicking off after the half-time break, the Eagles were determined to force their way into the game and did so in emphatic style barely a minute into the second half.

Jeffrey Schlupp stylishly began the charge, working his way along the left-wing before sliding the ball into Wolves’ box. Unable to deal with the assault, the visitors were out of shape when McArthur teed-up the unlikely threat of Ward, who rifled in from 20-yards via a heavy ricochet off Dendoncker. 

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The bulging net and whistle re-starting play saw Palace playing in the ascendancy, enjoying chances through Ayew, Milivojevic and Zaha.

The visitors’ afternoon took a further turn for the worse when Saiss pulled Zaha to the ground, earning his second yellow of the clash and given his marching orders, leaving his teammates both a goal and a man down to push back against Palace in the hope of forcing an equaliser.

The chance to capitalise on Palace’s dominance and shatter any hope of a Wolves comeback fell to substitute Christian Benteke, played in by Schlupp and under pressure in the penalty area. Shaping up to shoot, the Belgium international was denied by the firm palms of Patricio, who beat his effort away assuredly.

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Facing 10 men for the third home match in a row, Palace continued to force the visitors backwards but found themselves under pressure in a well-matched close to the day.

With just minutes left ticking down through extra time, the Eagles had one last chance to bury the game when Schlupp struck one-on-one against Patricio. Saving the effort, the Portuguese 'keeper was forced to watch as Patrick van Aanholt and Benteke sought to net Palace's second but their attempts were to no avail.

SEE ALSO: Hodgson analyses 'very good' performance in 'disappointing' game

Palace were punished in the cruellest of fashions for their profligacy when Wolves burst to the home side's end of the pitch and fired home with seconds remaining through Jota, the full-time whistle following that which signalled the goal almost immediately.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, McArthur (McCarthy 83), Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 69).

Subs not used: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Meyer, Townsend.

Wolves: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Doherty (Neves 57), Saiss, Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker (Neto 65), Traore, Jimenez (Cutrone 76), Jota.

Subs not used: Ruddy, Vallejo, Gibbs-White, Vinagre.

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Ticket News

Final tickets remaining for Palace v Wolves!

16 September 2019

There are a small number of tickets remaining for Crystal Palace's home clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday (22nd September) and you can buy yours below.

The game was rescheduled following Wolves' Europa League participation on Thursday night.

To buy tickets, Season Ticket holders and Members should click here, call 08712 000071 or visit the Box Office in person at Selhurst Park.

Supporters can purchase a maximum of four tickets per client reference number.

Alternatively, you can make your day even more special by buying your Premium Matchday experience by clicking here.

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