Preview - Wolverhampton Wanders vs Crystal Palace 03 January 19

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Match Day 21
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Crystal Palace
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez (6)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: L W W D L
Average goals per match: 0.85
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (5)

Wolves have certainly made a splash on their return to the Premier League and sitting eighth at the half-way stage, they ought to be pretty pleased with their work so far. Hot on the heels of what was undoubtedly their best result of the season to date - a 3-1 win away at Tottenham - they return to Molineux to take on Roy Hodgson's hit and miss Crystal Palace outfit.

Wolves had the measure of Crystal Palace in the reverse of this fixture, but only just, as they came away from Selhurst Park with a 1-0 win.

Just the one absentee for each side in this one. Diogo Jota misses out for the home side with Christian Benteké the man on the side-lines for Palace.

Having gone through something of a slump with five defeats in six, Wolves have bounced back with four wins in their past six, including that excellent win at Tottenham at the weekend. It has been a bit of a mixed bag overall at home though with just the four wins from their ten games at Molineux.

Palace have won three times on the road this season at Fulham, Huddersfield Town and most impressively Manchester City. They have had a lot of trouble scoring at home this season, but have managed to get on the scoresheet in eight of ten on the road.

Wolves have been the more consistent of these sides overall and buoyed by that big win at Wembley are fancied to just about do enough to pick up the win in this one.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 1 Crystal Palace


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  6 - 9
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 10
Possession: 47% - 53%

Willy Boly, Romain Saiss, Ryan Bennett and Jonny Castro were all booked for the home side, with Luka Milivojević being the only Palace player to have his name taken by referee Roger East.

Two sides that aren't entirely predictable met in this clash, but it was Palace who turned up on a going day to continue their recent improvement in form overall. They deserved the victory too having come out ahead in all the key stats.

Very evenly poised in the opening 45 minutes. Neither side was really able to muster much in the way of clear opportunities though, with the only chances arriving via set-pieces or efforts from range. 0-0 at the break.

We headed into the final minutes locked at 0-0 and seemingly headed for the draw. It was Palace who were on the front foot though and they finally made the pressure tell in the 83rd minute. Good work down the left-hand side ending with Patrick Van Aanholt driving a ball into the area which made its way through to Jordan Ayew completely unmarked around six yards from goal. Time to control and fire into the left-hand side for Ayew.

Any lingering doubt as to the destination of the points was finally put to bed in the 95th minute. Wilfried Zaha sent tumbling in the left-hand side of the area. Captain Luka Milivojević stepping up to finish emphatically into the top left. 0-2 final score.

Palace move up to 14th and are now six points clear of the relegation places. Wolves remain in the top half of the table in ninth spot, but will be disappointed not to have built on that big recent away win at Tottenham Hotspur.

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