Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

October 02, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Selhurst Park - Premier League

High-flying Wolves travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday to take on a Crystal Palace side looking to bounce back from late heartbreak on Monday night. Roy Hodgson’s side are yet to hit top form, and this could be another difficult game for the Eagles.

Past Meetings

Palace won both meetings between the teams the last time they were in the same league, which was in the Championship during the 2012/13 season. The Eagles triumphed 2-1 away before winning 3-1 at home, but plenty has changed at both clubs in the years since.

Team News

The hosts will be without Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham once again, which should mean Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew start up front. Jairo Riedewald is expected to miss out, while Scott Dann is also injured.

Nuno Santo has named the same starting line-up in all seven of his team’s games so far this season. That could change at the weekend though, as Helder Costa picked up a knock in Wolves’s last game, with Ivan Cavaleiro hoping for a start after scoring on his Premier League debut.

Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview and Predictions

This game could be a close encounter, and the odds certainly reflect that. Crystal Palace have home advantage and one of the league’s most in-form players, but Wolves are on a four-match unbeaten run which includes draws against Manchester City and Manchester United.

Mamadou Sakho gave away a late penalty to hand Bournemouth the victory in Palace’s last match, consigning the Eagles to their fourth defeat of the season. Palace were expected to push on after finishing 11th last season, but they’re struggling for goals with just five in the league so far, three of which have been scored by Zaha.

The hosts are priced at 9/5 for their third victory of the campaign, which is the same price as the visitors who have already won three times. The Wanderers are just a point off the European places at this early stage of the season, after a hard-fought 2-0 win against Southampton last weekend.

Wolves have won three of their last four Premier League games without conceding a goal, and look well equipped to improve that run. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for the away side though, maintaining their unbeaten run. If you think the game will end all square, you can back the draw at 11/5.

Recommended Bets

Wolves to win to nil at 37/10

Back the visitors to keep their impressive run going as they win a fourth game out of five without conceding a goal.

Under 2.5 goals at 4/7

This game looks like being a tight one, whatever the outcome. This bet would’ve paid out in five of Palace’s seven games so far, and six of Wolves’.

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