Prematch: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace

Ruben Neves vows that this midweek matchup will be special

Published: April 23, 2023 23:07



Premier League
25 Apr 20:30

In short

After suffering their first defeat in three matches, Wolves will look to reverse course against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, April 25 at Molineux Stadium starting at 19:30 (GMT+1).

Wolves Aim to Bounce Back After Leicester City Defeat in Tuesday Clash with Crystal Palace

Wolverhampton Wanderers were dealt a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City this past Saturday despite taking an early lead within 15 minutes. Matheus Cunha [13]’s superb goal put Wolves ahead after Arsenal target Youri Tielemans was dispossessed of possession in a dangerous area by Leicester City counterattacker Jose Sa who brought down Jamie Vardy inside the box for an offside decision. However, Wolves later maintained their advantage through Matheus Cunha’s stunning finish. Kelechi Iheanacho [37′ P.], who found the back of the net off-the-bench last time out, took charge and converted from the spot to restore parity between both teams. Timothy Castagne added one for Foxes late on that effectively put away Wolves from scoring further goals. “We didn’t do enough or create enough chances in the second half,” Julen Lopetegui noted in post-match interviews after Wolves lost. With 34 points from 9 wins, 7 draws, and 16 losses Wolves fell one spot to 14th position on the table. Ruben Neves and his squad of players aim to make Tuesday a night to remember, following their first loss in three games (LDWWL). “Spirit is really high! Our group’s morale has never been higher!” “Picking up where we left off.” “Everyone is striving for the same thing and we’re extremely motivated to reach our goal,” said Mowbray. “On Tuesday we have another important game against Palace – they have some terrific players but hopefully we can make Molineux an exciting night once again. A 4–4-2 formation featuring Diego Costa and Matheus Cunha should prove fruitful in facing off with Crystal Palace.”

Crystal Palace Streak Snapped Despite Holgate's [80′] Red Card in Goalless Draw with Everton

Crystal Palace [LWWWD] saw their three-game winning streak come to an end following a goalless draw with Everton at the weekend, even with Mason Holgate [80′] receiving his marching orders and giving Palace numerical superiority for nearly 10 minutes after Mason Holgate [80′]. Roy Hodgson noted, “This was exactly the type of tough game we expected it to be,” and noted Everton are well-drilled and have a specific plan on how they intend to play. Even with their draw, the Eagles remain 12th with 37 points from 9 wins, 10 draws, and 13 losses. Palace are currently riding a four-game winning streak against Wolves and aim to extend it when they take on them again this Tuesday [4W, 0D, 0L]. Before their four victories over them came three consecutive losses before winning those four matches – all thanks to Roy Hodgson. His attacking trio could include Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise and Jordan Ayew; Wilfried Zaha could even return from injury here!

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