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Match preview: Wolves vs Crystal Palace

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Tom Beresford
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As Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening at Molineux, the Portuguese manager is extremely satisfied with the way that side has kicked off their 18/19 campaign. The home side are currently sat in seventh position heading into Wednesday’s clash with Roy Hodgson’s side. And with three victories in their last five matches, Wolves are playing with a lot of confidence, and they’re not afraid to attack, as Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley showed.

Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa were all on the scoresheet as Santo’s side found the net three times in the closing 18 minutes against a side that were sat in second position in the Premier League. Santo expressed his delight from that particular performance in his post-match press conference:

“To give the fans this joy is what we work for, the way that we play is important to me. We play how we work and how we want to be, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but we’ll keep on insisting and believing. When asked about how his side approached the match at Wembley, Santo went on to say:

“If you asked me that at the beginning of the game, I’d say that a draw would’ve been a good result for us, we had a big challenge infront of us, Tottenham are in a fantastic position with lots of momentum, and they had a fantastic result in their last game. And at 1-1, we were happy with a point, but the spaces were there, and when you have more of the ball, you can change the reality of the game.

In terms of team selection for the visit of Crystal Palace, I don’t expect Nuno Espirito Santo to make many changes if any, perhaps Helder Costa may get the nod. Diogo Jota is ruled out of the match through injury. Across all competitions, five of Wolves’ last seven matches have seen both teams score. Another key statistic is that Palace are without a clean sheet in their last seven meetings with Wolves.

VERDICT: I’m going for a 2-0 victory for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in this one, I just feel that their attacking quality, and composure in midfield will be too much for Palace to handle. A 2-0 victory for Wolves is available at 15/2 with Coral.

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