Happy New Year everyone.
I’m not sure it’s possible for Wolves to better 2018 but I’m looking forward to seeing them try.
January has three intriguing home Premier League fixtures against Leicester, West Ham and this one against Palace.
Confidence is high and there’s no reason the lads can’t attack these games and really cement their top 10 position.
Most of the online betting sites have this down as a home win, but we’ve garnered a reputation for upsetting the odds in most scenarios this season.
The immediate goal must be 40 points, so the sooner that’s in the bag the sooner we can start dreaming about our highest finish for decades and who knows what else?
Only Newcastle and bottom side Huddersfield have scored fewer goals than Palace, which has been their well publicised problem over the first half of the season.
But they put three past Man City at the Etihad a few weeks back to secure the shock result of the season, which underlines they’re not to be underestimated.
There wasn’t a lot in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park and their inability to convert openings into goals was ultimately their undoing.
Like Wolves, they don’t concede many and Roy Hodgson has them well organised defensively.
According to the BBC, ‘Wilfried Zaha has neither scored or assisted a Premier League goal in his last 11 appearances.’ so job one is making sure that run continues.
The away end
Some comments lifted from the match thread on a popular Palace forum:
‘I think we could get a result if we play to our strengths: defend well and then counter (exactly what they did to us at Selhurst). Unfortunately, with Wilf not at his best, I don’t think we’ll have enough. Lose 2-0.’
‘Chris Armstrong will dribble past their weak defenders into the box and put the ball into the top corner to make it 4-1…. Oh hang on I’ve just woken up … If we win this I will be amazed, but I do have a feeling that Wickham will score (7-2 for anytime goalscorer).’
‘Depends if Wickham starts with Wilf and Andros on the wings. If so a win, if not, wolves win with usual late subs and no tactics change from Roy. Hopefully Meyer back in for Schlupp as well.’
‘We won’t score and Wolves will put more past us than Chelsea did; comfortable win for Wolves.’
Plenty of interesting options for Nuno after the win at Spurs with the biggest decision being who he starts in central midfield.
Saiss, Moutinho, Neves and even Dendoncker could get the nod and I could make an argument for all four and any combination.
There are similar dilemmas across the front three after Costa came on, scored and generally performed well at Wembley.
Jimenez has clocked up a lot of minutes and I’m wondering if he might get rested tomorrow? He’s certainly earned a breather.
Well done to everyone who was brave enough to predict a Wolves victory last time out.
vicsmith is still top of the table with a three point lead heading into Gameweek 21.
As always if you’d like to take part simply leave your predictions in the comment section below which is where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!