EPL Matchweek 8 Pick – Crystal Palace vs. Wolves

Another week of English Premier League action is upon us at The Sports Geek, and already the eighth Matchday is here and should bring some continued thrills and betting opportunities.

For our first featured showdown on Saturday morning, we’ll head to south London where Crystal Palace will aim to get back on track as they host a pesky and improved Wolverhampton club. The Wolves have re-enter the top flight of English football with a bang, and it seems as if their big summer acquisitions have paid immediate dividends.

Under Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves’ attack is currently in fine form and are in the midst of a very impressive Premier League run. They look well-placed to finish in the top-half of the table, and right now represent everything that Crystal Palace strives to be. The hosts on the other hand need to pick their socks up and get going. They’re a better home team than they have shown, and manager Roy Hodgson knows that the Eagles need to start securing home points if they are to avoid another relegation battle.

This is one of the more intriguing matches of the week and we’ve got it fully covered. Read on below for a full tactical breakdown on the Wolves vs. Crystal Palace, as well as a betting prediction. Can Wolverhampton continue their unbeaten run? Can Palace avoid another year mired in a relegation battle? Read on below for our thoughts.

Crystal Palace vs. Wolverhampton Betting Odds:

Crystal Palace (+182)
Wolves (+160)
Draw (+210)

Over 2.5 (+115)
Under 2.5 (-135)

Crystal Palace vs. Wolverhampton Pick:

What an impressive start it’s been for the Wolves this season. After dominating the Championship in 2017/18, many didn’t think they’d be able to do the same in the top flight – but a fascinating style and aggressive acquisitions have paid off immediately.

They now sit firmly in the top half of the table and are undefeated in their last five EPL outings. They also have only allowed just six goals from seven total games – which is good for the fourth-best defensive record in all of the Premier League. Nuno Santo has his side firing on all cylinders, but a hungry and desperate Crystal Palace side awaits at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace’s home stadium can always be a tough place to play – though this year the Eagles haven’t made it overly difficult. Some injuries and lineup inconsistencies have plagued Roy Hodgson’s group thus far, but it remains a talented outfit when healthy. On Monday, Palace suffered a tough road defeat to Bournemouth, but played well and deserved a better fate. This is a team that can generate offense and a bunch of chances, but need to be better without the ball.

Expect Palace to avoid making too many changes as they prep for the Wolves, meaning talented German midfielder Max Meyer should return to the center of the pitch. Though he is still getting settled, it’s clear he oozes talent and I think he will play a key role in creating chances downfield for the likes of Andre Ayew up top, and Palace’s main star – Wilfried Zaha. The Ivorian has great ability, flair, and speed and should be able to penetrate the Wolves’ back three and exploit Conor Coady in the middle.

Palace have struggled to be on-form of late, but they’re better than they’ve shown recently. Roy Hodgson feels the pressure, and will have an effective game-plan to bring the Wolves back down to reality. Though they are still far too reliant on Zaha, he’s an immense talent who drives much of what Palace tries to do. In this match, look for Palace to put an emphasis on controlling the match and dictating possession – and a breakthrough by way of a Zaha stunner is more than likely. At an insane home underdog price, Crystal Palace represents excellent value to secure all three points on Saturday.

PICK = Crystal Palace (+180)


Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.