Monday’s Premier League standalone match goes live at 3PM Eastern as Crystal Palace take on the Wolves in a game that could have huge implications down the line.
For Palace, Roy Hodgson’s side have encountered a bit of a down spell since the restart. With nothing to play for in terms of relegation or European qualification, the Eagles have let many results slip them by. Their veteran crew of talent in the midfield and up top have not been putting the ball in the net, and it’s clear Palace are content to just ride out another season in the Premier League.
On the other side, the opposite is true for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves crew. Wolverhampton have had a dream season in the top flight. This is a well-coached and speedy group, and one that has proven they can challenge anybody on any given day. With just two fixtures remaining this year, the Wolves know they are playing for a crucial spot in Europe. While the Champions League is out of reach, the Wolves know that a solid finish could see them in the Europa League next year. They’ve enjoyed their extra matches and the revenue it’s brought, and the Wolves will be keen to continue pushing for wins to close out the campaign.
But Roy Hodgson has shown to be a tough manager and will surely not roll over for any side. What Palace will show up on Monday afternoon? And can the Wolves fend off the pressure and take care of business as the superior club? It should make for an interesting showdown with all that is on the line. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for a game breakdown, tactical analysis, and betting prediction for Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace. Enjoy the match!
Wolves vs. Crystal Palace Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+620)
Over 2.5 (+130)
Under 2.5 (-150)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Wolves vs. Crystal Palace Pick:
It will be very interesting to see the lineups before this contest, so be sure to stay tuned. With the immense struggles Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace have endured lately, it is widely believed that he’ll turn much of the veteran squad over to some of the youth talent. While they cannot be any worse than Palace have been of late, losing their established pieces would likely weaken an already diminished squad.
This is all playing perfectly into the hands of Wolverhampton, who simply need to take care of business and secure the full three points to continue their push for another Europa League berth. Since play resumed, the Wolves have shown their might. They’ve secured thirteen of 21 possible points, scoring key goals, and defending among the best teams in the Premier League. Nuno Santo’s squad is hungry and disciplined, and with a match looming against Chelsea – the pressure is on to win this matchup.
Palace meanwhile are one of the most out-of-form clubs in all of England right now. They’re losers of six straight matches, getting outscored by a dreadful 15 to 2. They generate very little going forward, and their usual stingy defense has been porous since the restart. Palace do have many established stars like Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, and Jordan Ayew – but their chemistry is clearly off at the moment. Expect some high-priced talents to sit this one out on Monday, as Hodgson looks for more enthusiasm and energy.
Though it might seem overly chalky, it’s hard to look past anything aside from a routine Wolves victory on Monday. They are the more in-form side by a mile, and the motivation angle is high as well. Palace has impressive youth if they turn that route, but the Wolves have been one of the best sides in the Premier League since mid-June. Back the Wolves ML right to the window!
Pick: Wolves 3-0