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Palace are in danger of entering a downward spiral as they’ve now managed just the single victory in 10 appearances, as even that came over rock-bottom Sheffield Utd.
This run included a 1-0 defeat away at Wolves themselves in the FA Cup, as well as heavy losses to Liverpool (7-0), a 10-man Aston Villa (3-0) and Man City (4-0), while last time out they were deservedly beaten at home by the Hammers (3-2) as Michail Antonio also struck the woodwork twice.
In fact, three of Palace’s four victories since late September have come over the teams occupying the relegation slots. Despite a reputation for the odd giant killing, the key to their survival prospects appears to hinge more upon results against the teams lower down in the table.
Wolves only sit one place above the Eagles, separated by goal difference having played the same number of games, as they too need to find some form. In the league alone they’ve managed just one victory in 10 appearances since December, losing six of these, though only Liverpool were able to down them by more than a single strike as they’ve still been hanging in games.
Wolves Draw No Bet
This has been a consistently low-scoring fixture with all six meetings since Wolves returned to the Premier League featuring fewer than three goals, as at least one team has failed to score on five occasions.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side only lost one of these, in their first season back in the top flight, and with four 1-0 or 2-0 victories over this period, those scorelines are certainly of interest.
Indeed, Wolves are aiming for their fourth successive win over Palace and are at the very least worthy of being backed draw no bet.
Wolves To Win And Under 2.5 Goals
The win to nil is certainly a viable option, but the away win and under 2.5 goals holds greater appeal when getting behind the visitors.
All but one of Wolves’ seven wins since October have come by a single goal, even when taking on non-league Chorley in the FA Cup, including four 1-0 victories.
Given those head-to-head results, we can’t envisage this game providing too much goal-mouth action, which is especially the case when considering Wolves’ problems in the final third.
Only West Brom have shipped more goals than Palace this season, but the continued absence of star striker Raul Jimenez is hurting the visitors.
They’ve managed to score more than once in just three of 10 league appearances since the Mexican fractured his skull, as expensive teenage striker Fabio Silva has failed to hit the ground running following his arrival from Porto in September.
Palace have failed to score in eight of their nine defeats in all competitions since October. Half of those finished 1-0 or 2-0, as the bigger losses have typically been inflicted by the top sides.
The Eagles may have added firepower this transfer window with the signing of Jean-Philippe Mateta, but they’re simply not creating enough chances for whoever starts up front to put away.