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Palace Preview: Potential for late drama v Wolves

29 January 2021

It’s a chance for revenge for Crystal Palace as they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers for the third time this season on Saturday, 30th January (15:00 GMT).

Wolves have been in a tough run of form, winning just one of their last 10 league games – although that victory came in dramatic fashion, when Pedro Neto scored a 95th-minute winner against Chelsea.

However, after thwarting the Blues in the reverse fixture this week, they arrive in south London on the back of consecutive clean sheets, and are unbeaten in three away from home in all competitions.

Palace and Wolves are locked on 23 points in the Premier League with identical records so far, separated only by goal difference; while Palace have the superior attacking record, Wolves have conceded fewer.

The visitors are a familiar foe to Palace by now, the sides having met in the FA Cup Third Round just three weeks ago, but this is their first trip to Selhurst Park this season.

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The visitors have a mixed record in the capital, securing an impressive victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and drawing at Stamford Bridge, but losing heavily to West Ham United in September.

Palace will be looking to put defeats against Manchester City and the Hammers behind them, and could be boosted by the availability of new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta.

“He’ll certainly be in the squad for Saturday,” said Roy Hodgson after the West Ham match. “I’ll have a decision to make whether he starts the game or not.”

Wolves have similarly strengthened in January, signing Willian Jose from Real Sociedad, as well as recalling Mogan Gibbs-White and Patrick Cutrone from their respective loan spells.

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Nonetheless, Palace can take encouragement from their fast start on Wednesday, which saw Wilfried Zaha net his ninth goal of the season, now just one short of equalling his best tally in the Premier League.

Match details

  • Saturday, 30th January
  • 15:00 GMT
  • Selhurst Park
  • Sky Sports

Tactical overview

Wolves have scored nine times from set-pieces in the current campaign, accounting for almost half of their goals this season. However, they have conceded just as many from this situation, making dead ball deliveries a crucial battle in both penalty areas.

While the first goal is often seen as vital, Wolves have struggled this season not to concede late on. They have shipped five goals after the 89th-minute this season. In fact, almost two-thirds of the goals they have conceded have come after half-time.

Did you know?

Only Tottenham Hotspur have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games than Palace this season, with a league-high 29% of the Eagles’ goals coming in this period (7/24). Last season, Palace only scored once in the opening 15 minutes.

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The last goalless draw between these two sides came 22 years ago in April 1999. The last goalless draw at Selhurst Park was even earlier, in March 1985.

Wolves are winless in their last seven Premier League games (D3 L4), last having a longer run without victory in the competition between February 2012-August 2018 (17 games).

Team news

Palace are strengthened by the availability of Mateta, after the West Ham game came too early for the Frenchman's Palace debut. James Tomkins missed the Hammers clash, while absentees Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp will continue to be monitored as they work to regain fitness.

For the visitors, Raul Jiminez remains on the sidelines after suffering a fractured skull against Arsenal. Full-back Jonny Otto, who has been out since August with a knee injury, will also be unavailable. A late fitness test awaits for Marcal, but Daniel Podence should be available after returning to the team in midweek to face Chelsea. 

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Palace v Wolves will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

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Fans can buy 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, eye catching 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.

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Match Reports

Report: Eze's powerful strike earns Palace the points

30 January 2021

Palace earned a deserved three points at Selhurst Park as Eberechi Eze’s powerful strike sunk a spirited Wolves side.

Summary:

  • Hodgson made six changes to the side that lost to West Ham on Tuesday.
  • Both sides start brightly, with the ball moving fast on the wet surface.
  • Michy Batshuayi sets up Nathaniel Clyne on the edge of the box, but the defender fires wide.
  • HT: Palace 0-0 Wolves
  • Willian Jose forces a superb reaction stop from Vicente Guaita to keep the scores level.
  • Ayew lays off for Eze, who makes space before powering a left-footed shot home.
  • Zaha almost doubles Palace's lead, combining with Batshuayi on the break before hitting the crossbar.
  • Guaita saves brilliantly from Willian Jose's powerful header.
  • FT: Palace 1-0 Wolves

The game started at a considerable tempo, with both sides seemingly keen to zip the ball around on the wet surface. It was clear that, despite their respective tough runs of form, each was aware of the attacking threat the other could pose, and early forays forward for either side were tentative.

The visitors showed bursts of pace coming forwards as Pedro Neto found space on the right-hand side, while Ki-Jana Hoever’s clever through ball found new signing Willian Jose up front, but his cut back was intercepted.

Palace, with the neat footwork of Eberechi Eze centrally and Jordan Ayew drifting in from the right, were causing problems for the Wolves midfield, as Michy Batshuayi provided a valuable outlet operating alone up front.

Wilfried Zaha fed Batshuayi with his back to goal, and the Belgian turned his man smartly, managing to stay on his feet to find Nathaniel Clyne on the edge of the box. The defender’s shot was from a tight angle and briefly looked like it might trouble Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal, but it was always rising.

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When Palace got forward, they did so in numbers. Patrick van Aanholt supported Zaha on the left, with McCarthy and Milivojevic stepping in to break up the burgeoning Wolves counter-attacks.

As the first-half wore on, Wolves grew into the game, finding joy out wide with a series of threatening crosses that flashed across Vicente Guaita’s goal, but failed to find a player in old gold.

Crossing from a more central position, the ball found Willian Jose who flicked on to Dendoncker five yards out, but the Wolves man elected to take a touch rather than strike first time, which allowed Vicente Guaita take control.

In added time at the end of the first-half, Palace came closest to taking the lead. Van Aanholt did superbly to get to the byline, where his cut back found Nathaniel Clyne on the edge of the penalty area. Clyne’s shot was deflected into the path of Batshuayi six yards out, but Conor Coady did enough to put the Palace man off, and the chance was gone.

With Jairo Riedewald replacing James McCarthy at half-time, Palace resumed control of the ball and continued to push forwards – but Wolves’ threat on the break was ever-present, and it almost saw them take an early second-half lead.

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Racing onto Dendoncker’s ball out wide, Podence’s cross dropped for Willian Jose, but Guaita’s reactions were superb in palming the ball behind.

The importance of that save was emphasised minutes later, when Palace took the lead.

Once again it was the impressive Ayew causing problems down the right, looking up and laying a ball across the area to the oncoming Eze.

Rather than hit it first time, Eze feinted away from the oncoming defender to create a yard of space on his left foot, before unleashing a powerful effort that beat Rui Patricio. The shot was fairly central, but such was the force behind the ball that the net was bulging before the goalkeeper could get across.

Palace continued to push forward, and moments later it should have been two. Breaking forwards from a Wolves corner, Zaha flicked the ball to Batshuayi and charged forwards, receiving it back one-on-one with Coady. Chopping onto his left foot, his shot cannoned off the crossbar and out, with Patricio beaten.

Wolves were still dangerous in attack, with the newly introduced Adama Traore beating two defenders before his cross was blocked behind for a corner.

For all Palace’s dangerous attacking play, they were supported once again by a goalkeeper in fine form, as Willian Jose’s downward header was pushed away from a corner.

From the resulting break Zaha ran at the Wolves defence once again, the ball stolen just as he prepared the pull the trigger.

As the visitors pushed for an equaliser, Palace's determination to defend as a team will surely have impressed Roy Hodgson, with Cheikhou Kouyate resolute in defence and Zaha willing to keep running in attack.

The Eagles' game management was superb, and as Wolves pushed forwards in added time they pressed and harried to win the ball back and hold it upfield.

As the referee blew for full-time, Palace celebrated a well-deserved win that sees them secure all three points.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Clyne (Ward, 85), Kouyate, Dann, Van Aanholt, McCarthy (Riedewald, HT), Milivojevic, Ayew, Eze, Zaha, Batshuayi (Townsend, 80).

Subs: Butland (GK), Mitchell, Cahill, Kelly, Mateta, Benteke.

Wolves: Rui Patricio (GK), Hoever (Traore, 62), Neto, Podence (Vitinha, 67), Willian Jose, Boly, Coady, Semedo, Moutinho (Fabio Silva, 76), Dendoncker, Kilman.

Subs: Ruddy (GK), Neves, Gibbs-White, Otasowie, Lonwijk, Bueno.

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