Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Nuno Espirito Santo and Roy Hodgson’s sides battle to go joint-top of the Premier League table after promising starts to the campaign
- Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight
- The winner will go joint-top of the Premier League table this Friday evening
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Wolves host Crystal Palace in Friday night Premier League action at Molineux Stadium, with the winner going joint-top of England’s top-flight tonight.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion in their last match against Newcastle thanks to Jacob Murphy’s last-gasp free-kick. Wolves will be hoping to put the record straight following the dismal 1-1 draw on Friday night.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, are in good spirits after ending their three-match winless run with a 2-1 win away at Fulham last weekend. Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games and will be hoping for a third this evening.
Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ will provide live EPL coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace including score, lineups and updates.
Five minutes to go until kick-off here at Molineux. Let’s have a reminder of the two teams…
WOLVES XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri; Podence, Jiménez, Neto
CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Guaita; Clyne, Kouyaté, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Schlupp; Batshuayi, Zaha
It’s been a sad day for football today as England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has passed away at the age of 78.
Stiles was a crucial member of the Three Lions side who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.
Read MARTIN SAMUEL’s piece below about one of England’s greatest players…
There is quite a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s good run for Crystal Palace, but what about Raul Jimenez’s record for Wolves this season?
Like Zaha, the Mexican number nine has netted in each of his last two games, with Jimenez’s overall league tally standing at four goals in six matches.
Cheick Kouyate and Scott Dann are in for a tricky night this evening…
Both these sides playing out entertaining fixtures last season, with Wolves edging Palace in the head-to-head contest across the previous campaign.
The sides drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the first encounter with Diogo Jota – now at Liverpool – cancelling out Leandro Dendoncker’s own goal with a 90th minute equaliser.
In the post-lockdown return fixture at Molineux, Daniel Podence and Jonny finished off attacks to give Wolves a 2-0 win.
The pre-match warm-ups have begun for the two sides with half an hour to go until kick-off.
The two managers are also doing their pitchside interviews at the moment. It’s a big evening for both sides, who can propel themselves right up the table with a win.
It’s been a crazy few months for Crystal Palace Jairo Riedewald. The Dutch midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and looked set to be leaving the club this summer.
But an injury crisis gave Riedewald a second chance and his recent midfield displays mean he is one of the first names on the teamsheet?
The 24-year-old netted the opener against Fulham last weekend, will we see another star showing this evening?
Tonight’s match is available to watch via BT Sport’s Box Office channel as the Premier League continues its pay-per-view service during the coronavirus era.
Nuno Espirito Santo has been very vocal in his opposition to the service which has divided opinion amongst fans…
Crystal Palace will have several attacking options this evening but Wolves will need to pay attention to one in particular.
Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games to take his goal tally to five in six games. The Ivorian is the Eagles’ man in form and tonight’s result will depend on whether he turns up at Molineux this evening.
Roy Hodgson also makes one change from the side that won at Fulham last time out. Left-back Tyrick Mitchell misses out entirely, so Patrick van Aanholt comes into the back four.
Michy Batshuayi keeps his place up front despite Jordan Ayew returning to the bench after his coronavirus diagnosis during the October international break.
Nuno Espirito Santo makes one change from the side that drew with Newcastle last weekend. There’s a Wolves debut for Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left-side of the midfield five, who starts in place of Roman Saiss.
The 19-year-old is on loan from French side with Angers, though Wolves do have the option to buy him on a permanent deal. A chance to impress then.
Welcome to this evening’s coverage of the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.
Both sides have had identical starts to the league season, with three wins, a draw and two losses in their opening six matches.
But the winner of tonight’s match can go joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool and Everton on 13 points.
Kick-off is at 8pm GMT so team news will be out in ten minutes or so…
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