PL Stories - Ep 18Nov 30
Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview the Tuesday's Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolves. Can Palace perk up in attack or have Wolves finally got their bite back after a win at the weekend?
When and where to watch Crystal Palace vs Wolves
Crystal Palace vs Wolves kicks off at 8.15pm on Tuesday 18 October.
You can catch all the action from Selhurst Park on Prime Video via BT TV.
Crystal Palace vs Wolves match preview
Both managers go into this Tuesday night matchup at Selhurst Park trying to find a way to get their teams firing up front.
Crystal Palace drew a black at Leicester in their last match, despite the Foxes having the worst defensive record in the league.
Patrick Vieira even withdrew his star forward, Wilfried Zaha, after he and his fellow attackers failed to find a way through Leicester’s defence.
Vieira commented after the game, “I wanted more from the team going forward”, and he’ll be expecting more against Wolves.
Wolves have struggled to score goals all season, but did manage a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
The goal came from the penalty spot, so interim boss Steve Davis will be hoping his team can create more from open play at Selhurst Park.
There were certainly signs that Wolves were trying to make things happen in the final third, with Adama Traore, Ait-Nouri and Ruben Neves all posing a threat, while Diego Costa now offers Wolves a focal point up front.
Just one point separates the two sides, though Palace have a game in hand. In a game where defences look likely to come out on top, a piece of individual brilliance could make the difference.
Crystal Palace vs Wolves predicted lineups
Crystal Palace: (4-3-3) Guaita; Ward, Mitchell, Guehi, Anderson, Eze, Schlupp, Doucoure, Olise, Zaha, Mateta.
Wolves: (4-5-1) Jose Sa; Ait-Nouri, Jonny, Kilman, Toti, Neves, Podence, Nunes, Moutinho, Traore, Costa.
Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Injuries and suspensions
There were no new injuries for Patrick Vieira to report after their draw against Leicester, though Nathaniel Clyne remains out with an ankle injury picked up against Chelsea earlier this month.
Nathan Collins is back for Wolves after completing his three-match suspension for a nasty foul on Jack Grealish last month. The Irishman could slot back into defence alongside Maximilian Kilman in place of Toti Gomes.
Form (last 6 matches)
Crystal Palace – LDDLWD
Wolves – DWLLLW
Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Form guide
Inconsistency has crept into Crystal Palace’s season – they’ve only won once in their last six games (a 2-1 win over Leeds). A 0-0 draw against a struggling Leicester side who’ve shipped more goals this season than any other team in the league tells it’s own story.
Defensively Palace are solid but need to look beyond Wilfried Zaha for goals if they’re to successfully climb up the table.
They currently sit in a precarious position with a game in hand. A win could propel them into the top half of the table. It’s very unlikely, but if results elsewhere were to go a certain way this week, the Eagles could find themselves occupying the final relegation spot.
Wolves currently find themselves just one place outside of the drop zone. The return of Ruben Neves, the return to fitness of Diego Costa and the return of form to Adama Traore were all on display at the weekend as Wolves beat Nottingham Forest 1-0.
Goalscoring has been the big problem for Wolves and it will be a concern that their only goal came from the penalty spot at Molineux.
But the win was the most important thing for Wolves after three straight defeats against Chelsea, West Ham and Man City.
Wolves’ caretaker boss Steve Davis would happily take a single-goal victory over the Eagles, as Wolves' search for a permanent manager continues.
He said what?!
Patrick Vieira on his defence and attack against Leicester:
“Defensively, we did enough not to concede that goal. But I wanted more from the team going forward, as we had the quality to create more.
“We had a couple of crosses where we didn’t have anybody available on the cut-back, and this is something that we will have to work on and improve.”
Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Players to watch
With so many injuries currently affecting England’s defenders, Gareth Southgate will be keeping a close eye on Marc Guehi.
The England international played a solid role in keeping Leicester City at bay at the weekend.
And while many of Southgate’s trusted defenders will likely be back in time to be named in the final squad, Guehi will be confident he can book his place on the plane too.
He’s definitely one to keep a close eye on between now and 14th November, when the final World Cup squads need to be submitted.
Adama Traore looked like he was getting back to his best against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
The strong and pacy winger ran at the Forest defenders and looked to provide clinical passes in the final third, and dangerous crosses for Diego Costa to finish off.
With Wolves struggling to score goals, the re-emergence of Traore could help reignite Wolves as an attacking force.
Crystal Palace vs Wolves: Key stats
- Three’s a charm: Crystal Palace have won their last three Premier League games against Wolves, their longest ever winning run against them in league competition.
- Mid-week madness: Crystal Palace have won just one of their last nine home midweek (Tues, Weds, Thurs) Premier League games (D3 L5).
- Away day blues: Wolves have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (D2 L9), and are winless in nine league outings on the road since a 1-0 win at Everton in March.
- Where have the goals gone? Wolves have failed to score in each of their last four Premier League away games, their longest run without a goal on the road in the competition.
- Bore draws: Since the start of last season, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace have registered more goalless draws in the Premier League than any other side (6).
- Draw specialists: Patrick Vieira has drawn a higher share of his Premier League games with Crystal Palace than any other Eagles manager in the competition’s history (40% - 19 of 47) – the Eagles have drawn 11 Premier League matches in 2022, the most of any side in this calendar year.