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Preview: Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers

6 October 2018

Palace face off against Wolves for the first time in the top tier since January 1981, still searching for their 100th Premier League win and their 200th in the top-flight after Monday’s late loss at Bournemouth.

The Eagles are also still searching for their first point and goal at Selhurst Park this term, but they might be buoyed by Wolves only winning two of their last 21 Premier League away games, though both of those came in London including a 1-0 win against West Ham United last month.

It’s been nearly six years since the sides last faced off, which came on New Year’s Day 2013 as two Andre Moritz free-kicks and a Yannick Bolasie strike clinched a 3-1 win for Ian Holloway’s Eagles. Roy Hodgson will be hoping his team can end their home woes by securing a third straight win at Selhurst Park over Wolves for the first time ever.

Wolves flying on top-flight return

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Molineux club returned to this level by winning last season’s Championship title, and have taken to their new surroundings impressively by collecting 12 points from their opening seven games - the best start by a newly-promoted club in a decade.

After failing to win any of their first three games this season, Wolves have now won three of their last four and only the current top three sides in the division are on a longer unbeaten run than Nuno Espirito Santo’s team’s five-match streak.

Last Saturday saw them beat Southampton 2-0 at home thanks to second half strikes by Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny; in fact, seven of their eight league goals have been scored after half-time - a league high.

View from the opposition

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo: “All the players of Crystal Palace have quality: Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, [Cheikhou] Kouyate, [Mamadou] Sakho, [Wayne] Hennessey.

“We cannot look at the team as just an individual, it would be a big mistake. We know the strengths but at the same time we know the weaknesses.

“I only look at all the squad, I know and have passed information to the players that we are going to find a very good team, full of quality, a good manager and a tough environment.

“We must be ready for everything. We go prepared and ready to compete.”

Team news

Christian Benteke

Palace: Christian Benteke is still battling against a knee injury, but Jairo Riedewald has returned to training after limping off against West Bromwich Albion last week.

That is also the case for Scott Dann and Connor Wickham who are still building up their fitness levels after their lengthy periods on the sidelines.

Wolves: The only concern for Nuno going into this game is the fitness of striker Helder Costa who picked up a knock against Southampton, meaning the Wolves boss could be forced to make his first change to his starting XI all season having began each of their first seven matches with the same team.

Matchday officials

 Michael Oliver

It's a second Eagles appointment of the campaign for Michael Oliver, who oversaw the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the opening home match of the season which saw him dismiss Aaron Wan-Bissaka - one of two reds he has issued in the top-flight this term.

Palace have won seven and drawn three of the 23 matches he has refereed, with last season's 1-0 success over Burnley their only three-point haul in the last six.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Refs: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Roger East

Matchday stats

 Patrick van Aanholt

Palace are unbeaten in their last four games against Wolves in all competitions (W3 D1 L0), scoring at least two goals in each of those games.

The Eagles have lost just one of their last seven Premier League fixtures in which they’ve been facing a side for the first time in the competition – a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town last season.

The Eagles have only lost six of their last 33 Premier Leagues games against newly promoted sides and are unbeaten in their last five.

Wolves have won three of their last four Premier League games (D1) – as many as they had in their previous 39 in the top-flight (W3 D12 L24).

Wolves have scored at least once in each of their last 13 league visits to Selhurst Park (excluding play-offs), scoring 22 goals in total.

For Crystal Palace in the Premier League in 2018, only Wilfried Zaha (11) has been involved in more goals than Patrick van Aanholt (6 goals, 2 assists).

Zaha scored twice and assisted another in his two previous league appearances against Wolves, both in the Championship in 2012-13.

Raúl Jiménez has been directly involved in 50% of Wolves’ eight Premier League goals so far this season (2 goals, 2 assists).

Wolves’ eight Premier League goals this season have been scored by seven different players, with Jiménez the only player to net more than once.

Head to head

  Palace wins Draws Wolves wins
League 16 15 21
FA Cup 3 3 2
League Cup 0 0 1
Play-offs 1 0 1
Total 20 18 25

Matchday information


Tickets for this game have sold out, but premium tickets are still available.

Ticket holders are advised to arrive early due to enhanced security checks, and Season Ticket Holders must bring their card. Fans are advised, as always, not to purchase tickets from touts or on online resale sites.

Useful information for home and away fans about pre-match entertainment, travel tips and stadium details can be found in our Matchday Guide.

The matchday programme can be purchased in the following ways:

Live coverage


If you can’t make it to Selhurst, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49 – more information.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and free highlights available on Palace TV and the official app from midnight on Sunday morning.

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