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These two sides are locked on 22 points after 17 league games, with a near identical goal difference, and both will want a decent cup run to cheer the fans.
Palace appear unburdened by any relegation fears this term, while Wolves are in danger of slipping away in the hunt for European places and could do with a morale booster, though this may not be one for the neutral to enjoy.
All five meetings since Wolves were promoted have featured fewer than three goals, with four seeing exactly two strikes.
The Eagles are a disappointing W1-D1-L3 across these, losing both encounters in 2020 by the same 2-0 scoreline, as this looks set to be another low-scoring affair.
Under 2.5 Goals
Palace have tightened up after a dizzying two-game spell that saw Liverpool and Aston Villa plunder a combined 10 goals without reply, conceding just once across fixtures with Leicester and Sheffield Utd.
There have been fewer than three goals in four of their last six now, and they should return to the sturdier profile of a Roy Hodgson team.
Eight of Palace’s 10 domestic cup games since 2018/19 have also seen under 2.5 goals land, as six of these saw just the single strike or none at all.
Meanwhile, eight of Wolves’ 11 domestic cup games since 2017 have witnessed a maximum of two goals, with six containing no more than one.
Wolves did produce a crazy 3-3 draw away at Brighton last time out, but nine of their previous 13 appearances featured a maximum of two goals and we’d expect things to calm down here.
Wolves To Win To Nil
Nuno Espirito Santo does need to pick his side up though, having gone just W1-D2-L4 since December, albeit having faced Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man Utd during that period.
This should be an easier assignment and Wolves are a more credible W3-D3-L1 at Molineux since October, with all but one of these featuring a maximum two goals.
Eight of Wolves’ past nine home wins have seen them register clean sheets, with the exception against Chelsea, so if the hosts are to nick this encounter we’d expect it to come by slim margins.
Wolves To Win 2-0
Palace have failed to score in 21 of their 25 defeats since 2018/19, including each of the past six since October, with nine of these defeats finishing 2-0.
Away from Selhurst Park, the Eagles are a disappointing W3-D2-L8 over 90 minutes since late June, failing to score in each defeat as seven of the losses came by more than a single goal.
With that in mind, a third consecutive 2-0 Wolves win is on the cards.