Wolverhampton Wanderers may have seen their Champions League hopes disappear in midweek, but there’s still European football on the line for them as they welcome Crystal Palace to Molineux on Monday night.
Where and when: Molineux Stadium – 20 July, kick-off 20:15
Where you can see Wolves vs. Crystal Palace: BT Sport
Last time: Diogo Jota scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser for Wolves when the teams met at Selhurst Park in September, after Leander Dendoncker’s own goal had put Palace into the lead at the start of the second half.
Wolves v Crystal Palace Predictions and Preview
This fixture has been even since Wolves were promoted to the Premier League for the start of last season. Both sides won away from home last term, before their 1-1 draw earlier in this campaign. Crystal Palace reside in the warm glow of mid-table security coming into this game, while Wolverhampton are looking to shore up their place in next season’s Europa League.
Chris Wood’s 96th-minute penalty denied Wolves a crucial three points at Burnley on Wednesday, with that and Manchester City’s successful appeal against their European ban extinguishing the Midlands outfit’s dreams of playing in the Champions League next season. It’s still been a hugely encouraging campaign nonetheless for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Palace have also enjoyed a solid season, with no threat of relegation coming down the home stretch. Roy Hodgson will hope his team can finish as high in the table as possible by claiming the win here, but a top-half finish isn’t going to be possible. The Eagles have shown consistent form whether home or away this season, winning almost as many points on the road as at Selhurst Park.
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Wolves to win and BTTS
Wolves to win 2-1
Jimenez to score first
The visitors are out at 7/1 to pick up a win in this game though, thanks to their hosts’ fine performances. That said, Wolves bring an identical home and away record into this game, while even their goals scored and conceded record is virtually the same, scoring just a single goal more on home soil.
Even so, Nuno’s side are the 1/2 favourites to claim the three points here. They have a fully-fit squad available, which will only help their chances of securing the win. Palace, meanwhile, will be without centre-backs Gary Cahill and James Tomkins, while Christian Benteke is suspended. Jeffrey Schlupp should be fit, but even with him, even a draw looks unlikely for the away team at 33/10.
One to watch for Wolves: Raul Jimenez opened the scoring for Wolves in their last match against Burnley with a rasping volley from the edge of the box. That was the Mexican’s 17th Premier League goal of the season, and 26th in all, and he is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock again here.
One to watch for Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha was targeted by more sickening racist abuse last week ahead of another trip to the Midlands to play Aston Villa. He netted in Palace’s game against Chelsea earlier this month and is 17/1 to open the scoring on Monday with his fifth league goal of the season.
Long shot: Wolves last beat Palace on home soil back in 2008, when the teams were both plying their trade in the Championship. The Wanderers won 2-1 that day and are 17/2 to win this game by the same scoreline, with those odds rising to 39/1 with Jimenez scoring first.