Crystal Palace suffered a hard-fought loss at the hands of Chelsea in their last outing of the year. However, they would look to make a winning start to the new year when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next match.
Wolves, on the other hand, shocked Tottenham Hotspur in their own backyard with a 3-1 victory and would look to continue their winning run in their next match against the Eagles. It is expected to be a riveting contest at the Molineux when the two sides lock horns with each other.
The south London club have a deal in line to bring the Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke on loan (subject to a successful medical) for the rest of the season to Selhurst Park. This might be a big boost for Roy Hodgson’s side, who have lacked significant threat up front this season. The fact that they have a full-strength squad going into the crucial clash against the Wolves (except the long-term absentee Christian Benteke) would also be a massive relief for the Eagles for sure.
Except for letting the only goal of the match in, Vicente Guaita had a decent outing against Chelsea and would also start in goal against Wolves.
James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho would start in the heart of the defence for the Eagles. Patrick van Aanholt would put in a shift from the left-hand side while Aaron Wan Bissaka starts as the right back.
The duo of Cheikhou Kouyate and Luka Milivojevic would start in central midfield. James McArthur would start alongside them while Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp begin ahead of the trio.
Wilfried Zaha is set to start in the striker role once again despite having a poor outing against Chelsea in the last match. It would be crucial for him to make amends for his mistakes and get his side over the line against Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
Predicted Formation: 4-3-2-1