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Predicted Crystal Palace XI, injury update & team news vs Wolves

Crystal Palace will host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park this evening for their Premier League clash, and Patrick Vieira will surely be hoping that his team can continue to pick up points to climb the table into safety.

The Eagles have turned around their poor form with four points picked up from their last two league fixtures helping them climb the table into 13th, but with the bottom half so tight they are still only two points off the relegation zone at present.

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As a result, a victory in front of the home support in south London tonight is essential to widen the gap between themselves and the danger of the bottom three and Vieira will be hoping that the most recent results will inspire enough confidence in the team to take all three points from Wolves.

In terms of injuries, there are no new knocks to report but Palace will still be without Nathaniel Clyne, Christopher Richards, Jack Butland, James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson and potentially Will Hughes who is a huge doubt through illness.

With all considered, this is how Football FanCast predicts Crystal Palace will line up against Wolves…

We expect to see just two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, with Vieira opting for his trusted 4-3-3 formation.

The team is likely to remain completely unchanged in defence and midfield due to the team’s resilient performance in stopping the Foxes from taking their chances at the King Power Stadium a few days ago.

However, a change up of personnel in the forward line could be in order to ensure Palace can improve their goal-scoring opportunities.

We predict that Michael Olise will replace Jordan Ayew on the right flank of the front three to add more creativity in the channels and there is no doubt that the 20-year-old can be an absolute nuisance when deployed.

Olise has delivered one assist and made 1.1 key passes, completed 1.3 tackles and won 3.4 duels per game, proving that he is not afraid to get stuck into challenges and is more than capable of winning the ball to regain possession to provide for his forward teammates.

The second player we expect to reprise his role in the starting line up is Jean-Philippe Mateta, with the striker replacing Odsonne Edouard in the centre-forward role this evening.

The £94k-per-week ace – who was previously dubbed a “special talent” by Neil Lennon – failed to find the back of the net against Leicester and was hooked by Vieira back to the bench in the 65th minute. Therefore, against Wolves Vieira could give an opportunity for Mateta to start instead.

Can Crystal Palace beat Wolves tonight?

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The 25-year-old who was hailed “quick” by journalist Josh Bunting scored against Wolves in Palace’s last league game against the side, so it could be the perfect chance for Mateta to prove to his manager that he deserves the central role in the final third over the season ahead.

Crystal Palace have beaten Wolves in their last three Premier League meetings, so the Eagles are at a great advantage to seal their fourth victory against their opponents tonight and win some crucial points towards their tally on the league table.

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