Preview - Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 06 October 18

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Match Day 8
Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:   
Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Wilfried Zaha (3)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Raúl Jiménez (2)

In form Wolverhampton Wanderers bid to keep their excellent run of recent results going this week as they travel to London to take on Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace outfit.

Christian Benteke, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham all miss out for the home side. No confirmed absentees for Wolves at this stage, but Hélder Costa is rated a slight doubt.

Crystal Palace have played some nice football at times this season. Only at times though, and it is inconsistency which threatens to hamstring their season. It is in the goalscoring department where they most need to improve having registered only a disappointing five goals in their seven league outings to date. Defeated away at Bournemouth last time out, they will be looking to get back on track in front of their own fans here. Recent evidence would suggest that may well proved easier said than down though. Palace have failed to score in each of their last three Premier League home games.

Wolves have adjusted to life in the Premier League in excellent style. Losing just one of their league games to date, they have looked the better side in just about every game - including in that unfortunate defeat away at Leicester City. Having dominated Manchester United at Old Trafford for significant periods in their last away game they will no doubt head into this with sky high confidence. We like the away win in this one.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  10 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 64% - 36%

James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate and Patrick Van Aanholt were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Michael Oliver also taking the names of Conor Coady, Jonny Castro, Ivan Cavaleiro and Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A classic smash and grab raid by Wolverhampton. Lagging behind in possession, territory, shots and corners, one goal was all they needed to come away with the points against goal shy Crystal Palace.

Not too much of note from either side in the first half really. Jeffrey Schlupp blazing over for the home side and Diogo Jota doing likewise when well placed for Wolves. Goalless at the break.

The winner came eleven minutes into the second half. Nice passing in and around the area from the visitors seeing Raul Jimenez slip in Matt Doherty in the right-hand side of the area. Doherty powering a low effort on goal from a pretty tight angle and finding the back of the net. Keeper Wayne Hennessey will no doubt have been pretty disappointed to have been beaten low down at his near post though.

Barring balls into the box and set pieces, Palace didn't greatly threaten in the remainder of the game as Nuno Espirito Santo's men held on.

This failure to score at home - that's 360 minutes of Premier League football at Selhurst Park without a home goal now - is beginning to become a serious concern for Palace. Must of their general play was good here, as it has been for most of the season, but without an end product it may continue to count for nothing as it did in this game.

The Eagles slip to 14th spot in the table. Wolves continue their excellent start to the season and move up to seventh.

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