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Crystal Palace and Wolves eyeing up wins to push them up the table
Crystal Palace to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst ParkBet Now
Crystal Palace endured a frustrating contest against Leicester at the weekend, only managing to secure a point when some expected them to come away with all three.
Leicester have been in dreadful form this season, though Palace were unable to break them down. If the Eagles have aspirations of moving up the table this season, those are the sorts of games they must win.
On the flip side, they now look like a team that is hard to score goals against. Can they keep out Wolves at home?
Wolves are yet to appoint a new manager, a task they are likely to push forward with this week. They will be pleased with a promising win at the weekend, however.
The Wanderers won’t be getting carried away with a 1-0 victory over bottom-of-the-league Nottingham Forest, but it does at least drag them out of the relegation zone.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Beaten Wolves in their last three meetings
Won two of their last four home games
Reasons to be fearful:
Conceded four goals in their last three home games
Struggling to find fluidity in attack
For all of Palace’s quick attacking players, they have struggled to break teams down in recent times.
The 0-0 draw was one example of that, and this is their second result of that scoreline in their last four games. With Zaha, Eze and Édouard leading the charge, you would expect this side to have more goals in them.
In truth, they have scored 10 goals so far this season, compared to 13 at this stage in the last campaign. Only five teams have scored fewer this season, showing that this is a metric they need to improve.
In this game, they have a good recent record against Wolves to call upon, having beaten their opponents in each of their last three meetings.
Vieira could opt to freshen up his team a little, with the likes of Mateta and Olise pushing for a place in the starting XI.
Star Man – Wilf Zaha
Zaha is a player that his home fans love to get behind. He was taken off in the 77th minute at the weekend as Palace were holding on for a point, but he’ll start this one as usual.
Reasons to be cheerful
Last weekend’s win will have boosted confidence greatly
Incoming manager will have a good squad to work with
Reasons to be fearful
Poor recent record against Palace
Dreadful away record this season
The skies may have cleared slightly for Wolves following that win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, but there is still much work to be done to turn their season around.
The club is yet to appoint a new manager, something which won’t be achieved before this game.
When the new boss comes in, he’ll have an excellent squad of players to work with but will need to work quickly to boost confidence and, ultimately, performance.
Here, Wolves have two things not in their favour.
One is their record against Palace, which has seen them lose their last three meetings. Second is their away form this season, which has seen them pick up just one point from the last 15 available.
Can they repeat their win from the weekend?
Star Man – Diego Costa
The striker will continue to demand more from his teammates at the top end of the pitch. He can be the one to inspire better performances for the remainder of the season.
Should be an even game
Palace’s attack will cause problems if on form
Wolves will have something to offer going forward
Despite being two of the lowest-scoring teams in the league – the lowest in Wolves’ case – there should be action at both ends here.
Palace are a much better side at home than away, due to their fantastic support at Selhurst Park, while Wolves should be more dangerous with Diego Costa leading the line.
In terms of goals, this one could be tight, but you’d back Palace at home for a narrow victory.
Crystal Palace to win 1-0
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