Wolves may not be at their absolute best with just one win in four, but that was a 3-0 victory over Everton in their last home match and the other fixtures came against top-half outfits Arsenal, Sheffield Utd and Burnley.
Having won their previous three matches before this spell versus bottom-half sides West Ham, Bournemouth and Villa, they’ll fancy their chances of taking the spoils here.
Wolves To Win To Nil
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have in fact kept clean sheets in each of their past six when facing bottom-half teams, winning five of these, so the Eagles look there for the taking.
Palace returned from the enforced break with a comfortable 2-0 stroll versus a dismal Bournemouth outfit, prompting some fanciful talk of the Europa League, but since then they’ve lost six on the trot as they appear to have gone on holiday early.
They failed to score on five occasions across this run and shipped 15 goals in total, with all but one of these fixtures coming against top-half sides.
In fact, Palace are a pathetic W1-D2-L11 up against the top eight in the table this season, failing to score in nine of those defeats, while in the last 10 of these encounters they lost nine times and drew the other.
They’ve lost to nil in five of seven trips to such teams this season, while even including domestic cup results no player has reached double figures for goals, with talisman Wilfried Zaha in second place with just four strikes.
Given everyone except rock-bottom Norwich have scored more goals than Roy Hodgson’s men this term, and with only five teams possessing a better defensive record than Wolves, this has a home win to nil written all over it.
The home win is further backed up by the fact that only one side has something to play for here. Palace’s slump hasn’t embroiled them in the relegation battle at all and an upper bottom-half finish is guaranteed at this point.
Wolves are certain to miss out on the Champions League with Chelsea too far ahead to catch, while Leicester and Man Utd still have to play each other so at least one of those teams will pick up the required point to finish above Nuno’s men.
However, with Spurs, Sheffield Utd and Arsenal threatening from the rear, Wolves can’t afford a slip-up here ahead of a far trickier final day battle away at Chelsea.
Wolves To Win 2-0
Palace are usually pretty sound defensively but they’ve lost their last three road trips to Liverpool (4-0), Leicester (3-0) and Villa (2-0). To make matters worse, key man Gary Cahill and first choice partner at the back James Tomkins are sidelined with injury.
However, Wolves aren’t the most prolific side with conservative outfits Sheffield Utd and Burnley the only top-half sides to score fewer goals. The hosts have only scored more than twice in just three of their 18 matches at Molineux this season, so we fancy little pop at the 2-0 correct score as well.