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Wolverhampton Wanderers - Crystal Palace
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FULL-TIME: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace
An electric first-half performance from Wolves put Palace on the back foot early and despite the Eagles creating slightly more chances in the second half they still never looked like scoring. Even though Wolves perhaps took their foot off the gas, the score line does not really do their performance justice.
- OffRaúl JiménezWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnFábio SilvaWolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves make their final change late on as record signing Fabio Silva replaces Jimenez on the pitch.
- Red cardLuka MilivojevicCrystal Palace
AND HE'S OFF! Sizeable delay as VAR checks whether Martin Atkinson should have shown Milivojevic a red card for his studs-up challenge on Moutinho and he goes over to the monitor to take a closer look at it.
After doing so, he rightfully sends off the Crystal Palace captain for what was a very dangerous tackle.
- OffMichy BatshuayiCrystal Palace
- OnChristian BentekeCrystal Palace
Moutinho looks in plenty of pain on the turf and Palace use the delay to make a substitution, bringing on Benteke for his international teammate Batshuayi to give them more energy up top.
Milivojevic crashes into Moutinho with an awful, reckless tackle. The referee waves play-on, however, and Jimenez has the ball just outside the box. He lays off Traore, who has a degree of space inside the box and his shot is straight at Guaita.
Van Aanholt has a free-kick from around 25 yards out after Jimenez fouls Milivojevic. It sails over the bar and doesn't trouble Patricio.
- OffPedro NetoWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnAdama TraoréWolverhampton Wanderers
Adama Traore joins Moutinho on the field in Wolves' second switch, as he replaces Podence. The newly capped Spain international was a key player last season, but has struggled to make an impact so far this season, thus having his role in the team reduced.
- OffDaniel PodenceWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnJoão MoutinhoWolverhampton Wanderers
Double substitution for Wolves. The first sees Moutinho come on for Neto, which perhaps suggest a change of formation to a less attacking system.
Neves' cross somehow evades both Jimenez and Kilman to go out for a corner.
- OffAndros TownsendCrystal Palace
- OnJordan AyewCrystal Palace
Second change for Crystal Palace as Ayew comes on for Townsend. The Ghanaian attacker is back in the squad after having to self-isolate upon returning from international duty.
Jimenez makes a good run to beat both Dann and Kouyate. However, his eventual shot is tame and goes right into the hands of Guaita.
- OffJeffrey SchluppCrystal Palace
- OnEberechi EzeCrystal Palace
Eze comes on for Schlupp in what is probably a like-for-like substitution on the left wing. The Ghanaian offered very little today.
- Yellow cardWilfried ZahaCrystal Palace
Zaha involved again as he connects well with an innovative volley that is blocked by Boly unfortunately for him.
Yellow card for Zaha! He expresses his frustration at what he thought was a foul on him by Coady and a scuffle ensues, with him and Ait-Nouri squaring up to each other.
CLOSE!! Neto picks out Dendoncker at the far post with a deep cross, but his first time volley sails wide and it's a missed opportunity for Wolves to wrap up the game.
Palace finally starting to create more chances and have a greater impact on this game, as they have multiple shots blocked in the space of minutes - the latest being a Clyne half volley.
Milivojevic battles to win the ball in midfield and gets it to Zaha in the box. The Ivorian attacker does a few stepovers and drops his shoulder before Ait-Nouri slides in with a rough challenge.
There's a VAR check and it uphelds Martin Atkinson's decision to not give a penalty but you have seen those given...
CLOSE!! Big opportunity for Palace after the restart as a clearance from a Milivojevic free-kick falls to Townsend. He tests Patricio with a deflected volley from range but it's well saved.
Both teams greeted back onto the pitch by the fake crowd noise and the second half is underway!
Lots of praise for Podence and Ait-Nouri on social media! The former was really running the show for the Midlands outfit, with most attacks tending to go through him, while the young left-back was an engine going forward and scored a great debut goal to boot. Will be interesting to see if Palace can test him a bit more defensively in the second half though. Most of their attacks have been on the other side of the pitch.
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HALF-TIME: The first half concludes with Wolves deservedly 2-0 up thanks to goals from debutant Ait-Nouri and Podence, whose only other Premier League goal for Wolves so far was also against Crystal Palace.
Palace were a mess defensively and lacked attacking impetus, while Wolves have brilliant all-round and showed that they don't have to be reliant on Jimenez for goals. Hodgson is going to have to find a way to help his team turn this game around.
WOW!! Not 100% sure if that's a pass or shot...
Podence has the ball in lots of space about 40 yards from goal and either notices Palace 'keeper Guaita is off his line or the run into space from Jimenez and floats the ball into the box. It very nearly ends up in the top right corner of the net but Guaita manages to get a hand to it.
Van Aanholt again proving to be the sole bright spark for Palace so far in this game with a lovely one-two between him and Batshuayi almost creating a chance before the Wolves captain Coady steps in and tackles him.
WAIT, IT'S BEEN OVERTURNED!! A VAR check shows that Van Aanholt was offside when he made his run and it's more misery for Crystal Palace as their penalty gets overturned.
IT'S A PENALTY!! Zaha plays a through ball into Van Aanholt in the box and he's clipped by Willy Boly and a penalty is given. Some suggestions that Van Aanholt may have initiated the contact, but the referee Martin Atkinson is adamant he was fouled.
A flurry of corners taken by Crystal Palace, with the second one the only to cause the Wolves defence some problems, as Milivojevic's delivery is headed on by a Wolves defender to Scott Dann. His diving header is headed goalwards but cleared commandingly by Dendoncker.
Van Aanholt flicks it to Zaha in the box, but it's only half a chance really because Wolves have plenty of numbers back and it goes out for a corner.
While Roy Hodgson has certainly brought stability to Crystal Palace, a lot of fans have been dissatisfied by his rigid system and the less than exciting football on offer. Palace definitely have not defended well so far this evening, but the lack of creativity and innovation going forward has cost them too.
- GoalDaniel PodenceWolverhampton Wanderers
GOAL!!! Podence makes it two goals to nil with a very calm, composed finish! Jimenez brings the ball from deep, plays it out wide to Neves in acres of space, then the midfielder's low cross reaches Podence who sends Guaita the wrong way with his deft first-touch finish.
OOHH!! Wolves go close again as Dendoncker's shot from range ricochets off the woodwork! The pass was a bit difficult to control, but he did well to tame it and hit it on the half volley, with the dipping shot almost beating Guaita.
Well hit effort from Semedo from 20 yards out, looking to join his wing back partner in the goals for Wolves but it goes marginally wide.
- GoalRayan Aït-NouriWolverhampton Wanderers
GOAL!!! Less than 2 minutes after Palace have a goal disallowed and less than 20 minutes into his Premier League debut, Ait-Nouri puts Wolves a goal ahead! Semedo's cross is eventually cleared out to the young left-back and he strikes it first time on his left foot as he rushes into the box and the ball bounces into the bottom right corner at speed.
A lovely 'tiki-taka' passing move from Palace finds Van Aanholt with a through ball beyond the defence. He crosses it to Batshuayi and the Belgian striker's header ends up in the back of the net...only to be chalked off for offside! That's his 3rd time he's had a goal disallowed for offside in as many games.
Milivojevic takes a corner for Palace but it's cleared away easily by Wolves. The South London side are struggling to get into this game.
Podence plays a simple rolled pass to Neto for a short corner and the resulting cross finds Willy Boly. Unfortunately for Wolves, he fails to connect with it well and although they get a second opportunity with a deflected Ait-Nouri shot, the opportunity goes to waste.
Spectacular curling effort from Podence from the edge of the area was headed for the top right corner but Guaita between the sticks for Palace manages to tip it over!
Another chance for Dendoncker! Podence curls in a cross from the left and the Belgian midfielder's header trickles past the post by mere inches.
Deep cross from Semedo finds Neto, who tries to head it down for Dendoncker but Palace manage to clear it away.
Semedo has been very involved in these opening stages!
Semedo just about manages to keep the ball in after a wayward pass from Podence and his subsequent cross is brilliant, nearly finding the head of Jimenez, who commits a foul in the process of trying to reach it.
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KICK-OFF: Crystal Palace get the game underway.
Max Kilman has impressed Wolves fans since joining from non-league Maidenhead in August 2018 and his recent regular involvement in the first team has caused many to point out that he interestingly played international futsal for England - a fact that Wolves fans are seemingly fed up of!
Eze has shown some promise when he has played for Palace so far this season and lots of their fans are keen to see him start, but does he need a bit more time given that he is 22 and stepping up from the Championship or he is ready to make an impact now? Spending nearly £20 million on a young player can definitely raise expectations, especially considering Palace's budget is not one of the bigger budgets in the Premier League.
CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS
Palace also only make one change to their starting line-up due to young left-back Tyrick Mitchell picking up a knock in training this week. Patrick Van Aanholt replaces him there to make his first start of the season. Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha lead the line in a 4-4-2, with plenty of attacking resources on the bench in the shape of Eberechi Eze, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke.
WOLVES TEAM NEWS
Fantasy football players will be disappointed to see Romain Saiss be dropped to the bench in favour of Rayan Ait-Nouri - the France Under-21 international left back on loan from Angers. Other than that, there's no other changes for Wolves as they line-up in what looks to be a 3-4-3 with Semedo and Ait-Nouri playing as wing backs.
Looking to the bench, 19 year-old American defensive midfielder Owen Otasowie could be in line to make his Premier League debut.
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The two teams are right next to each other in the Premier League table with Palace in 8th and Wolves in 9th, with their goal difference being the only thing separating them. Wolves have been struggling for goals, drawing their last match 1-1 with Newcastle, while Palace have been very inconsistent, with a 3-1 away win against Manchester United balancing out losses to Everton and Chelsea.
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