Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Predictions
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- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in 100% of the last six meetings between Crystal Palace and Wolves.
- Crystal Palace have scored just seven times in their last nine Premier League matches.
- Wolves have notched just 10 goals in their last 10 Premier League fixtures.
- Wolves have won just one of their last 10 Premier League assignments.
Palace gear up for tough test
Both Crystal Palace and Wolves are languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table ahead of their encounter at Selhurst Park on Saturday, and little excitement is expected when these goal-shy underperformers face off.
Palace were beaten 3-2 at home by high flying West Ham on Tuesday evening, though the final scoreline flattered the hosts, who could have been on the end of a proper thumping had the Irons been more ruthless.
The Eagles have won just once in their last nine Premier League assignments overall, and while their forward line isn’t lacking in flamboyance, they just don’t put the ball in the net anywhere near often enough.
Wolves spoil the party
Wolves meanwhile, were party poopers at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when a robust defensive performance saw Wanderers dig out a point in a drab 0-0 stalemate with Chelsea in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge.
While any draw at Chelsea should be considered a positive result, the tie did push Wolves’ winless run to a dismal seven games in the league however, and with Raul Jimenez’s golden touch sorely missed, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side continue to look a shadow of their former selves.
Game of few chances anticipated
Both Palace and Wolves have been struggling badly to produce the goods in the final third in recent months, and we expect this meeting of misfiring frontlines to produce a low-scoring contest at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have scored just seven times in their last nine Premier League fixtures, while Wolves have bagged an equally paltry 10 goals in their last 10 top-flight assignments.
The teams’ shared lack of punch was never more evident than in their FA Cup meeting at Molineux earlier this month, when Wolves carved out a 1-0 win in a clash that left viewers sleepy.
That was the second time this season where under 2.5 goals landed in an encounter between Palace and Wolves, and the 6th time on the spin where fewer than three goals were notched in fixtures between the teams since 2018.
Saturday’s game has all the makings of another battle for inches, and under 2.5 goals backers could be rewarded again in the capital. With the teams both averaging around 1.0 goal per 90 minutes since early December, a 1-1 correct score prediction could also be worth taking at the prices available.
With just two wins between them from their last 19 Premier League fixtures combined, neither Palace or Wolves have the momentum to push for maximum points this week, and while a share of the spoils will do little to improve either’s lot, it looks the likeliest outcome.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Palace will again be without the injured Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins on Saturday.
New recruit Jean-Philippe Mateta is in contention to make his debut however, with the 23-year-old’s visa issues now taken care of.
Wolverhampton injuries and team news
Fernando Marcal, Raul Jimenez and Jonny Castro remain unavailable for Wolves through injury, while Rayan Ait-Nouri is a doubt with after he picked up a problem against Chelsea.
New signing Willian Jose could potentially start ahead of Adama Traore, who is has yet to break his duck in the league this season.