Crystal Palace v Wolves Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 18, 2019
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace host Wolves this weekend, with as the pair look to react to Premier League defeats last time out against Tottenham and Chelsea respectively.
Crystal Palace won away at Wolves last season, following Nuno Santo side's return to the Premier League, but they lost 1-0 at home to the West Midlands side.
Prior to that result, Palace had won their previous two home games against Wolves in all competitions.
James Tomkins was on the bench for last weekend's defeat at Tottenham, and he could now be fit enough to return to the Palace starting line up. Roy Hodgson will make a late decision on Scott Dann and James McArthur, who are both recovering from injury, but Martin Kelly and Connor Wickham are already ruled out.
Santo will be able to call on defender Willy Boly after he served a one-game suspension last weekend, with Jesus Vallejo potentially making way, with Matt Doherty expected to replace Adama Traore.
Crystal Palace v Wolves Preview and Predictions
Both teams had a weekend to forget last time out, but Palace were particularly poor as they were thrashed 4-0 away at Tottenham only their second defeat of the season so far. Hodgson's side have struggled as an attacking force so far this season, however it was their defence that struggled to cope with Harry Kane and co, and the former England boss will be looking for a reaction from his players.
Wolves' clash with Chelsea ended in an entertaining 5-2 defeat for Santo's side - and their defensive issues will have been a particular concern for the Portuguese boss. They do still carry some firepower in attack, however their early season start, due to the Europa League qualifying rounds could already be taking its toll on his players despite the early stage of the season.
Given the amount of goals shipped by both defences last weekend, it seems likely that goals will be on the menu at Selhurst Park this weekend - with a BTTS bet available at 19/20. However, Palace have been a tough nut to crack at home this season, and they are yet to concede a goal at Selhurst Park in their first three games in all competitions, meaning this one is unlikely to be goal filled - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is at 4/7.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
Neither side will want to lose any more ground after a poor showing last weekend, but neither really have the attackers to go on and win the game. Wolves have the attackers to hurt teams, but Palace are very organised defensively.
Raul Jimenez to score anytime at 15/8
The Mexican international has two goals in his first five Premier League appearance so far this season, matching Palace's top league scorer, Jordan Ayew. However, the former Benfica has also been banging in the goals in the Europa League, with a total of eight goals in 11 games in all competitions so far in 2019-20.