By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 1st January 2019
Both Wolves and Crystal Palace have recently defeated top-four teams, but in this Wednesday’s clash at the Molineux Stadium, they will need to pick apart each other’s defences in a bid to begin the 2019 footballing calendar with a win.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace: odds and predictions
The Wanderers are betting as 19/20 favourites in our Wolves vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips, meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s men are trading as a 16/5 pick, with a potential draw forecast at odds of 23/10.
Given that Nuno Espirito Santos’s side cruised past title-contenders Tottenham last weekend, emerging as 3-1 victors, it’s easy to understand why they are operating as favourites to win. Despite an early Harry Kane screamer, Wolves stunned the Wembley crowd with a ruthless attacking display, featuring goals from Wily Boly, Raul Jiminez and lastly Helder Costa.
from amongst the trio, Costa put in the most impressive shift, not only securing the three points for his side in the dying moments of the game but also tracking back to keep the likes of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura in check.
His contributions mean that he is wagering as a 15/2 pick to score first in the build-up to this Wednesday’s game.
Meanwhile, his opponent’s attackers weren’t as fruitful in their weekend clash against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. A 1-0 defeat could have been so much more, with the likes of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha missing key chances to win the game that would have led to another twist at the top of the table.
Towsend can be forgiven by Palace fans for his lackadaisical performance considering his wonder-strike against City played a pivotal role in their win against the reigning champions, but Zaha is currently on a goalscoring drought that hasn’t seen him score in his last 11 appearances in the Premier League.
If he can find his form against the Wanderers this Wednesday, his side may have a chance in acquiring a crucial away win.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace head-to-head (most recent first) Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolves, Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolves, Wolves 1-2 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolves, Crystal Palace 2-2 Wolves.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Wolves to win 2-1, trading @ 15/2
The first of our Wolves vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips forecasts Santos’ men to secure consecutive wins in the league with a victory over the Eagles this Wednesday.
Indeed, the home side have only lost one of their last 12 matches against Crystal Palace in the top-flight (W5, D6, L1). Based on their recent attacking displays, they’ll look to add to that tally, with the odds trading at 15/2.
Yet to completely rule out Hodgson’s men would be foolish. A hard-fought win against Leicester City, followed by a tough 3-2 victory against Man City proves they possess the verve and ability to come up with the goods in front of goal.
While they may not have enough to clinch all three points, we’re still expecting them to make it onto the score sheet.
Given that Wolves seem to kick into fifth-gear in the second half, the penultimate segment of our Wolves vs Crystal Palace predictions and betting tips wagers that they’ll score in the 46th minute or over.
78% of their Premier League goals have come in the second half of games – a league-high ratio. What’s more, they’ve only netted a measly five times in the first half, suggesting that they might have to be patient if they are to claim another home win.
Scorer tips: Raul Jiminez our pick to score first @ 9/2
The Portuguese striker netted his sixth goal of the season last week against Spurs, and the last of our Wolves vs Crystal Palace predictions are expecting him to add to that tally this Wednesday.
Jiminez has been directly involved in 10 of the team’s 23 goals, with four assists to add to his record. Given the service delivered to him by the likes of Ruben Neves and Diego Jota, there is a strong forecast of him getting in behind the Palace defence to score first.
Wolves vs Crystal Palace stats: Opta
- In all competitions, Crystal Palace have only lost one of their last five visits to Molineux (W2 D2), a 2-1 defeat in the Championship in September 2008.
- Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has only won two of his eight previous Premier League matches against Wolves (D2 L4), both with West Brom in the 2011-12 season.
- Crystal Palace are looking to secure consecutive away wins in the same Premier League season for the first time since April 2017.
- Wolves have taken 13 points from their last six Premier League matches (W4 D1 L1) after taking just one point from their six before that (W0 D1 L5).
- Coming into this round of matches, no side has failed to score in more different Premier League games this season than Crystal Palace (9, level with Fulham and Huddersfield).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.