Live Match Preview – C Palace vs Wolves 11/06/2021


Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Crystal Palace vs Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off at 15.

Team news

Ebere Eze will be absent again for Crystal Palace when they host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

The 23-year-old stepped up his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury when he played an hour for the U23 against Blackburn on Monday, but boss Patrick Vieira revealed the former QPR playmaker needs more minutes. before being in contention.

Defender Nathan Ferguson also came out with the same problem but is set to take part in some modified first team training next week.

wolves remain without several players for their trip to Selhurst Park. Defender Fernando Marcal’s calf injury will keep him out until after the national team break.

Full-back Jonny (knee), winger Pedro Neto (knee) and midfielder Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are not expected to return until next year.

How to follow

Follow Crystal Palace vs Wolves on our live match blog. The highlights will also be posted on Sky Sport’s digital platforms and on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel at 5.15pm.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Wolves’ victory over Everton

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Crystal Palace’s victory at Manchester City

Jones Knows’ prediction

Crystal Palace are a different animal this season. Patrick Vieira has certainly upped the excitement levels all over the place with his progressive football style. But it made me laugh a little bit that they remain 13th in the Premier League, a position they made.

I have no interest in trying to make one of these two win as this looks like a pure 50-50 game in every respect. Both will be confident, both will be eager to play at a high pace. I sit on the fence and hope for a draw.

One of the areas where the Palace has improved significantly under Vieira is its ability to get the ball through the midfield faster, led by busy Conor Gallagher. This could be a problem for Wolves in central midfield with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in charge of doing a lot of work in that area.

Both players rank in the top 10 Premier League players this season to be dribbled by an opponent. Moutinho is a good coach but at 35 he begins to miss the timing in the challenges. That said, he’s only been kicked out once this season, so we’re getting a higher price at 4/1 with Sky Bet than the true odds when taking the opponent into account. Central midfielders Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Declan Rice, Christian Norgaard and Youri Tielemans have all been booked against Palace this season. Moutinho can follow suit.


BET ANGLE: Card for Joao Moutinho (4/1 with Sky Bet)

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A selection of key stats ahead of this week’s Premier League action

  • Crystal Palace won this exact match 1-0 in January last season, but have not won consecutive league games against Wolves since November 1969.
  • Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have won four of seven fights with Crystal Palace in all competitions (1N S2), keeping a clean sheet in every win.
  • Crystal Palace are looking to record consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since January / February, with one of those wins coming to Selhurst Park against the Wolves.
  • After 10 consecutive unbeaten wins in London after returning to the Premier League in 2018 (5V 5 D5), during which they scored in every game, the Wolves have lost four of their last seven league away games to the capital (W2 D1), not managing to score on five occasions in that race.
  • Crystal Palace have lost only two of their first 10 Premier League games this season (W2 D6), the least at this stage of a league season from 1996-97 in the second division (one) and the least in the top flight since 1990 – 91 when they had lost none and finished third.
  • Crystal Palace have scored the highest Premier League goal rate in the second half of matches this season (85% – 13/11). Both of their goals in the first 45 minutes were scored by Wilfried Zaha (against Brighton and Manchester City).
  • Wolves have earned 10 points in their last four league away games (W3, D1), just one less than their previous 15 away games (W2, D5, L8).
  • Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is undefeated in his first five league home games as manager of the Eagles (W1 D4), the first manager to remain so in the top flight with the club. The last Palace manager to not lose any of his first six league games at home was Ian Holloway in the 2012-13 Championship (none of the top 12).
  • Conor Gallagher has the most direct involvement in goals (5 – 3 goals, 2 assists), shots (21) and chances created (13) of any Crystal Palace player in the Premier League this season.
  • Raúl Jiménez’s four goals and assists have earned Wolves seven points in the Premier League this season – only Michail Antonio (9) and Son Heung-min (8) have been more valuable to their teams through goals and assists.

The Essential Football podcast: special on the Manchester derby

Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football journalists Richard Morgan and Ben Grounds to discuss the massive Saturday lunchtime showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

PART 1 | How are the two rivals preparing for the big clash? We assess how Man Utd’s injury concerns in defense might affect their approach, as we ask whether Jack Grealish lives up to his high price tag and the reasons behind defending champions’ inconsistent form. Is this match now a must-see win for them as Chelsea are moving away from the top of the Premier League?

PART 2 | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a winning record against Pep Guardiola, so what’s the secret of his success in this rivalry? And how will the fight go on Saturday? Let’s make our predictions for the big games!


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