Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their sides first goal with team mate Conor Coady during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace at Molineux Stadium on January 08, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be desperate to put an end to their seven-game Premier League winless run when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Wanderers last earned three points in mid-December when they beat Chelsea won 2-1 at Molineux.

Since then Wolves' have only managed to pick up a total of three points from a maximum of 21 available, but a positive point at Stamford Bridge in midweek and a first league clean sheet since the end of October will provide the club with a platform to build upon.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are not currently undergoing great form themselves as they have lost three of their last four games in all competitions and they have only recorded one win in the calendar win so far which came at home to Sheffield United.

Similarly to Wolves, Palace will look to secure a victory against the Wanderers in order for them to get out of this rut that they are currently experiencing.

After having played 20 games in the league so far this season, both teams have accumulated 23 points with Wolves only one place above Roy Hodgson's side in 13th.

However, despite not much separating the two sides in terms of their league positions, Nuno Espirito Santo's side will be confident going into the clash at Selhurst Park due to how they have won their last three fixtures against the Eagles with the latter failing to net on each occasion.

Team News

Going into the top-flight encounter, the home side have far from a fully fit squad as they have Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins all unavailable for selection through injury.

New loan signing from Bundesliga outfit Mainz Jean-Philippe Mateta will be in line to make his debut for the club, but it is likely that the attacker will be utilised from the bench meaning that Christian Benteke is set to start once alongside Wilfried Zaha up-front.

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Meanwhile, for the visitors Fernando Marcal, Jonny Castro and Raul Jimenez remain out of action while full-back Rayan Aït Nouri will be absent for the fixture after he was forced off at half-time at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Ki-Jana Hoever is most likely to fill in for the Angers SCO loanee but apart from that, it seems that Santo will field a similar 11 to the one that picked up a valuable point at Chelsea.

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Although, new addition Willian Jose who came off the bench to make his debut in midweek could be in contention to make his first start for the club in the central striker role, while midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is likely to return to the squad following his recovery from covid-19.

Ones to watch

Wilfried Zaha- Crystal Palace

It is no secret that the winger is elementary and influential in whatever the Eagles do when going forward.

This is particularly shown by the fact that his nine goals and two assists in the league so far this season means that he has directly contributed to 45.8% of his side's goals.

The 28-year-old has shown to not be afraid to take on his man especially when being found in space on the left-hand side.

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However, most recently he has been being used in the striker role where he tends to drop in deep to pick up the ball in order for him to have more space to run at the opposition's backline.

Zaha has the ability to finish shown by his pretty decent goalscoring record as in 380 appearances for the club, he has netted on 66 occasions.

Pedro Neto- Wolverhampton Wanderers

In what has been a disappointing campaign so far for the Wanderers, the 20-year-old has been one bright spark that has come out of the season so far.

The winger especially looks dangerous when his team are surging forward on the counter-attack as his blistering pace tends to catch team out especially when they are playing a high defensive line.

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He has not been bad on the goalscoring side of things so far this campaign as he has scored four goals while bagging a further three assists.

If Palace want to nullify the danger that the Portuguese causes, they will have to ensure they are not caught too high up the filed as if he manages to get in behind the Eagles backline, this could cause trouble for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Previous Meetings

Wolves last faced Palace, only a little over three weeks ago in the third round of the FA Cup, with an Adama Traore first-half strike being enough to help the Wanderers see out a 1-0 victory.

Nuno's side have a decent recent record against the Eagles with them winning all of their last three meetings against them.

Although, a victory for the Pack tomorrow will be the first time in the club's history that they have won four games in a row against Palace and it will be the first time since the 2008/09 campaign that they have completed a league double over tomorrow's opponents.

Meanwhile, for Hodgson's side, they will be looking for a first victory against Wolves in their last four attempts in a run which stretches for over two years.

Their last victory against Santo's side came at the start of 2019 when late goals by Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojević sealed a 2-0 win at Molineux.

Predicted Lineups

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Mitchell; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Benteke, Zaha

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Hoever; Podence; Neto, Willian Jose

Where to watch on TV

The clash at Selhurst Park kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, but it is being played behind closed doors due to the covid-19 crisis.

However, the game is being streamed on the Sky Sports Premier League channel with the coverage beginning at 2:30pm. 

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