Crystal Palace vs Wolves:-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.
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.