13th placed Palace will play host to 7th placed Wolves when they meet this Saturday! Who will be victorious in this epic EPL encounter?
Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers will both be seeking to build on impressive victories in their most recent English Premier League (EPL) battles, in Saturday afternoon’s clash at Selhurst Park.
Patrick Viera’s Eagles came away from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium with all three points on matchday 10, while Wolves triumphed 2-1 against Everton in Monday night’s encounter.
The result at City ended a five-game winless run and a streak of four consecutive draws for Palace, who have now climbed to 13th in the EPL table and are one of only four sides in the division to have not lost any of their last five league matches. Similarly, Wolves are also finding their feet under the new leadership of Bruno Lage, who witnessed his side claim their fourth win from five EPL matches, with a hard-fought 2-1 success over Everton on Monday night
Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze are both a couple of weeks away from returning to full training, but Palace did not pick up any fresh concerns at the Etihad and Viera has no need to experiment with a winning formula this weekend.
An unchanged XI would see Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyaté keep their places, but Michael Olise must surely come into contention for a start, after providing the assist for Conor Gallagher’s strike at the Etihad.
As for Wolves, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny, and Pedro Neto remain unavailable, while Fernando Marçal is still uncertain, as he struggles with a calf issue.
Rayan Aït-Nouri will surely be given another start after the left-back provided the assist for Max Kilman’s header against Everton. The visitors did not pick up any fresh injury concerns during Monday’s game.
Hwang Hee-Chan was unlucky not to score in the last outing, and the South Korean should form part of an unchanged frontline trio, with Raúl Jiménez and Francisco Trincão.
Vieira and Lage both have bright attacking squads at their disposal, and given the respective home and away form of the two clubs, we can imagine a pulsating, end-to-end showdown. Our prediction is 2-2.