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Santo’s men were unbeaten in nine of their last fourteen overall matches, and they remained so in six of their former seven appearances at home. They have also failed to score at this venue just twice this whole season.
Going on, their only two losses this season at this venue had come against Aston Villa, and Manchester City. On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in 11 of their former 15 overall match-ups, and their only win in the past six match-days have come against the dead-last placed team in the EPL table – Sheffield United.
On the road, they have won just four times since 2019, and the four victories had come against teams currently placed 17th, 18th, 19th in PL standings, plus a team from the Championship.
On top of that, the Wanderers also have a great h2h record against this foe over the years. For the reasons, expect Wolves to post the win this weekend. However, note that Santo’s men have not kept a single clean sheet in their past ten games, and they have conceded two or more goals in three of the preceding five h2h clashes at this ground. Moreover, majority of h2h encounters have also had goals in plenty.
Taking these observations into account, expect goals to come from both teams at the Molineux Stadium.
The Wanderers have been one of the best teams in the competition for the past few years, and have been contenders for the European spots in the meanwhile as well. This season, they have a good record at home so far, and importantly, they have a good h2h record against this opponent over the years as well.
Meanwhile, the Glaziers are going through a dismal stretch of fixtures, and they have been conceding goals in plenty. They also have been a failure on the road for almost the whole of 2020 too. As such, expect Wolves to have the upper hand this weekend.
However, this is a single-legged knockout tie, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have not been that great in defense lately. Likely, expect goals to come from both teams this Friday.
Wolves still have their fair share of injury problems, with Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro and Leander Dendoncker definitely out of this contest, while Willy Boly is again a huge doubt.
Fernando Marcal and Daniel Podence could be involved, but Nuno is unlikely to take any risks with the latter, meaning that he could return from a calf strain against Everton rather than Palace. Max Kilman, Owen Otasowie, John Ruddy and Ki-Jana Hoever could all come into the XI following the Brighton clash, while Fabio Silva is again expected to be given the opportunity to lead the line.
There is also a chance that both Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White could be involved for the hosts, having returned to the club following loan spells. As for Palace, Nathan Ferguson, Scott Dann, Wayne Hennessey, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham and Gary Cahill are all injured, while Christian Benteke is a doubt with a dead leg.
Hodgson is expected to ring the changes following the clash with Sheffield United, meaning that the likes of Jack Butland, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick Van Aanholt and Michy Batshuayi should all earn starts. James McCarthy and Jordan Ayew could also be handed positions in the XI, while Eberechi Eze, who replaced Schlupp off the bench against Sheffield United before scoring a spectacular goal, should be in the side.
Series: FA Cup 2020-21
Match: Wolves vs Crystal Palace
Date: Friday, 8 January 2021
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Time: 19:45UK/ 20:45 CET / 00:45 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- The Wanderers have a 100% winning record in 2020, and have scored two or more goals in all those fixtures.
- They have kept clean sheets in all these clashes.
- Five of the preceding nine encounters had goals from both teams.
- At this venue, the visitors had scored two or more goals in three of the past meetings.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Wolves: Ruddy; Hoever, Kilman, Coady, Ait Nouri; Moutinho, Neves; Traore, Vitinha, Otasowie; Silva
Crystal Palace: Butland; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, McCarthy, Riedewald, Eze; Ayew, Batshuayi
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