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June 4 2023 9.49pm

Wolves v Palace

Molineux, Saturday 3.00pm

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

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Wolves will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek defeat against Crewe, a point which boss Dave Jones made clear after the defeat on Tuesday, “We have now tasted League defeat and we don't like it. But we have a quick chance to put things right when Palace come to visit on Saturday.”

Darren Bazeley and Michael Branch will not be featuring on Saturday as both are still recovering from operations.

Another player certain not to play a part on Saturday is out of favour Temuri Ketsbaia who has travelled to Scotland for talks with Dundee. The Georgian international was transfer listed after an incident at Gillingham earlier this season, however he will be better remembered by Palace fans after he threw his shirt at Jones at Selhurst Park last season, following his substitution.

Palace are looking for their 6th victory in a row which would see the Eagles overtake Wolves into first place in division one.

Manager Steve Bruce, who has been the subject of increasing speculation concerning the vacant manager’s position at Birmingham City, has few selection worries following the 2-0 win over Bradford on Tuesday.

The only dilemma is in defence. After a very poor performance Dean Austin is likely to be dropped for the trip to Molineux. Steve Vickers is likely to be his replacement as Bruce is trying to convince the on loan defender to sign for the Eagles on a permanent basis.

Another possible solution could be Gregg Berhalter who was on the bench on Tuesday. The American defender has recovered from a facial injury and is looking to claim a permanent place in the team, especially following Fan Zhiyi’s imminent departure to Dundee.

If Palace are to top the table on Saturday on form strikers Clinton Morrison and Dougie Freedman will have to be on fire. Together they’ve scored 17 goals in 11 league games, just under two thirds of Palace’s total league goals tally.

Wolves - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1st 12 8 3 1 27

Full league table

Wolves - current form

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
5 4 0 1 10 2

Full form table

Our away record v Wolves

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
23 5 6 12 24 28

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
28/04/2001 League Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Wolves loss
11/11/2000 League Wolves 1 - 3 Crystal Palace win
05/02/2000 League Wolves 2 - 1 Crystal Palace loss
28/09/1999 League Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Wolves draw
10/04/1999 League Wolves 0 - 0 Crystal Palace draw

All time results

One to watch

Mark Kennedy

Wolves's top scorer

Newton - 4 goals

Wolves's bad boy

Cameron/Muscat/Naylor/Newton/P'lock/Roussel/Sinton - 1 0

Palace old boys

Muscat, Ndah

The tricky winger, signed by Jones from Manchester City, has had a topsy turvy career, but the ex-Millwall midfielder is coming into his element at Molineux. Extremely pacey and very skillful, Kennedy is certain to create plentyof chances for the Wolves forwards, and could even nip in with a goal himself. Hard to play against, and even harder to stop, Kennedy is definately the danger man for the table toppers!

Last meeting

English Division 1

Wolves 1 (0) Branch 60

C Palace 3 (2) Freedman 23 Morrison 45 Morrison 72 11-11-2000

Wolves: Oakes, Muscat, Naylor, Robinson (Green,75), Pollet (Ndah,11), Emblen, Bazeley (Proudlock,76), Osborn, Branch, Lescott, Dinning Subs not used: Stowell, Camara,

C Palace: Kolinko, Austin, Fan Zhiyi, Mullins, Rodger, Freedman, Morrison, Black, Rubins (Thomson,63), Pollock, Staunton Subs not used Carlisle, Gregg, Smith, Harrison,

Bookings: Branch, Muscat, Robinson (Wolves) Fan Zhiyi, Staunton (C Palace)

Attendance: 17658

Referee: N S Barry

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