The third round of the 2020/21 FA Cup kicks off on Friday night with Wolverhampton Wanderers hosting Crystal Palace in an all-Premier League tie (7:45pm kick-off, UK time).
Both sides find themselves in indifferent form in the Premier League, so an FA Cup tie will come as a welcome break and an opportunity to build momentum going into the second half of the season.
Where to watch Wolves vs Crystal Palace on TV:
- UK: BT Sport Extra 2
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace
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Wolves vs Crystal Palace build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After 10 Premier League games, Wolves were seventh in the table, looking comfortable having beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. However, their form since that victory at the end of November has been pretty poor. Wolves have won just one of their past seven games, beating Chelsea 2-1, with four defeats and two draws.
Both of those draws have come in the past four games, accompanied by defeats, with a 3-3 stalemate against Brighton kicking off 2020, a game in which Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had taken a 3-1 lead into half-time.
It has been similar form for Crystal Palace, who have won just one of their past six games, although their run has involved three draws and two defeats (including that 7-0 home loss to Liverpool). But Palace’s sole win did come in their most recent game, a 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United that may give them the edge over Wolves going into Friday.
Last season, both Wolves and Crystal Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round, losing to Manchester United and Derby County respectively, so will be looking to stay in the competition a little longer this year.
- Wolves (vs Brighton): Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait Nouri; Moutinho, Neves; Traore, Vitinha, Neto; Silva.
- Crystal Palace (vs Sheffield United): Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Tomkins, Mitchell; Schlupp*, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Zaha, Benteke*.
Wolves don’t have any fresh absentees for the visit of Crystal Palace, but they do remain without a number of key players. Raul Jimenez, Jonny Otto, Leander Dendoncker, Willy Boly, Fernando Marcal and Daniel Podence are all out, with the former two more long-term absentees.
Jeffrey Schlupp suffered a hamstring injury in Crystal Palace’s win over Sheffield United and is expected to be out for a while, but Eberechi Eze should replace him as he did at Selhurst Park. Christian Benteke is a doubt having suffered a dead leg in the same game, while Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson are all injured.
Players to watch:
- Wolves: In the absence of Jimenez, Wolves have somewhat struggled in the final third, scoring seven goals in their past seven games, three of which came against Brighton. While they are yet to find a suitable replacement for the Mexican, as Fabio Silva still grows accustomed to his new role, Pedro Neto has been Wolves’ danger man. The Portuguese midfielder has played across the front line for Wolves this season, be it on the left, right or centrally, and has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals, scoring four and providing three assists. Neto is also Wolves’ top creator with 28 chances created so far in the Premier League, also more than any Crystal Palace player. Should he not be rested on Friday, Wolves’ best chance of scoring will come through Neto.
- Crystal Palace: Once again, Crystal Palace are all about one man: Wilfried Zaha. The Ivorian is back to his best this season after a few underwhelming campaigns, in terms of goals and assists at least, and has already doubled his tally for last season. Zaha has scored eight goals in 15 Premier League games so far, five more than any other teammate, while also adding two assists. His performances have seen Zaha once again linked with a move away from Crystal Palace, with the likes of AC Milan and PSG among those reportedly interested. However, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson isn’t fazed by the rumours resurfacing, recently saying: “I’m just happy at the moment that Wilf is playing as he is, displaying his discipline and concentration and his passion for football and the club, and unless I’m given a reason to think otherwise, I expect that to keep going.”
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