A mid-table clash is on offer in South London this Saturday, as Crystal Palace welcome Wolves to Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace welcome Wolves to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, in a clash between two teams who can’t seem to pick up any momentum so far this season.
The form book reflects both sides’ struggles at the halfway stage, with Palace winning just one of their last five league games, against bottom side Sheffield United, which is one more than Wolves have managed.
In fact, Wolves’ most recent win came in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace, with Adama Traore smashing in a wonder goal to send the Midlands side through to the fourth round.
Roy Hodgson has no new injury worries ahead of the game, with James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp and Nathan Ferguson all out with injuries.
New loan signing Jean-Philippe Mateta could make his debut up front, as Palace look for a solution to their goal scoring problems. Strikers Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Michy Batshuayi have managed just five goals between them all season, as Wilfried Zaha carries most of the attacking responsibility, netting nine times.
Nuno Espirito Santo may also start a new striker for the first time, as Willian Jose pushes to be included after joining on loan from Real Sociedad. The 29-year-old Brazilian made his debut from the bench against Chelsea earlier this week, producing a vital header to prevent Kai Havertz from scoring in injury time.
Wolves are without Rayan Ait-Nouri, Fernando Marcal and Raul Jimenez, while Jonny Otto is back on the field after a knee injury, but not available.
Both sides are hoping to pull away from each other with a win, as they sit locked on 23 points after 20 games. On the other hand, they’re both in danger of being overtaken by Burnley should they lose and the Clarets pick up an unlikely victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Crystal Palace take on Wolves at Selhurst Park on Saturday, January 30th. Kick-off is at 3pm.