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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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How to follow

On TV

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

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

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

Social media

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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