Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE!
Crystal Palace travel to face Wolves in their final away fixture of an inconsistent 2019/20 campaign tonight.
The Eagles head to Molineux off the back of six successive Premier League defeats that followed a run of four straight victories.
Palace could have a major say on who ends up qualifying for next season’s Europa League, with their trip to Wolves followed by a home clash with London rivals Tottenham on the final day of the season.
With kick-off scheduled for 8:15pm BST, follow all the action LIVE!
8 mins: I’ve jinxed Palace a bit there because they’ve hardly touched the ball since. Jimenez’s graft forced the first corner of the game but Wolves worked it short and it was a bit of a waste in the end.
4 mins: Decent start from Palace, who’ve settled into their rhythm quickly, with Schlupp already making a sharp break into the box on his return and delivering a cross that Boly cleared.
We are underway at Molineux…
Here’s how the Premier League table looks going into this one. A big game for Wolves as they look to go back above Tottenham because 7th may not end up being good enough for Europe, if Arsenal win the FA Cup.
Three changes for Wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo shuffles his pack only slightly, with Matt Doherty, Leander Dendoncker and Jonny Otto the trio to come in.
Diogo Jota, Ruben Vinagre and Romain Saiss are the three to make way.
Mitchell makes full Premier League debut
As expected, 20-year-old defender Tyrick Mitchell gets the nod at left-back for the Eagles, while 17-year-old John-Kymani Gordon is on the bench, involved in a first-team squad for the first time.
The only other change to Roy Hodgson’s side sees Jeffrey Schlupp back in the starting line-up for the first time since December.
Wolves team news
Wolves XI: Rui Patrício, Dendoncker, Coady(c), Boly, Doherty, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Jonny, Traoré, Jiménez, Daniel Podence
Subs: Lomba Neto, Bruno Jordão, Kilman, Ruddy, Buur, Saïss, Rúben Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Diogo Jota
Crystal Palace team news
Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew.
Subs: Gordon, Woods, Kouyaté, Riedewald, Pierrick, Meyer, Kelly, Kirby, Henderson
How we have Palace lining up tonight…
Milivojevic also a doubt tonight
The Eagles, on a run of six straight defeats which don’t quite reflect their performances, could also be without captain Luka Milivojevic for another tough test against Wolves after he picked up a knee problem in training.
“Luka Milivojevic has been having problems with his knee so that’s something we’ll have to assess tomorrow [Monday],” said Hodgson.
“He joined the first part of training today but felt the knee. We’ll assess him tomorrow.”
Crystal Palace team news
Patrick van Aanholt will require an operation and as yet does not have any date for a potential return to action.
The Dutch left-back was stretchered off after dislocating his shoulder against Manchester United on Thursday night and faces a long stretch on the sidelines.
Palace youngster Tyrick Mitchell, who came on to replace Van Aanholt at Selhurst Park, could be in line for a full Premier League debut against Wolves on Monday night, though Hodgson could ask midfielder Jairo Riedewald to fill in as he did earlier in the season.
“[His shoulder] is dislocated and he’s had it assessed,” Hodgson said of Van Aanholt. “He’ll need an operation and that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
“We’ll have to see how it goes in the pre-season. There’s no timescale as yet for when he’s back.”
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace!
Date, time and venue
Wolves vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for an 8:15pm BST kick-off tonight.
There will be no fans in attendance at Molineux due to government guidelines following the coronavirus outbreak.
How to watch
TV channel: Wolves vs Crystal Palace will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 7:45pm BST.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
Wolves have had remarkably good luck on the injury front during what has been a long and gruelling season, with Nuno appearing to have a fully-fit squad to choose from for this match.
The same cannot be said for Palace, who will be without Patrick van Aanholt for a long period of time as the Dutch left-back awaits surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered in the 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on Thursday.
Centre-backs Gary Cahill (hamstring) and James Tomkins (thigh) are still sidelined, while striker Christian Benteke is suspended after his red card at Aston Villa.
Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace
Palace are at a very low ebb following plenty of optimism during the early stages of the restart, scoring just twice during that run of six straight losses, with both goals coming in the same game against Chelsea.
Roy Hodgson’s men are typically better on the road and were competitive against United, while Wolves haven’t won back-to-back home games all season.
However, you would back the hosts to get the job done here and set a new record points total while claiming back sixth spot from Tottenham.
Mexican striker Raul Jimenez also needs just one more strike to move clear of John Richards and become Wolves’ highest top-flight goalscorer in a single campaign.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
These two sides have met on just three previous occasions in the top-flight in the Premier League era, with both claiming one win apiece to go along with a single draw.
Palace were 2-0 victors at Molineux last season, while they drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in September 2019 after Diogo Jota’s dramatic 95th-minute equaliser cancelled out a Leander Dendoncker own goal as Romain Saiss saw red for the visitors.
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