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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace

1st January 2019, 18:50 by Tom McGarry

In-form Wolves are looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League when they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side can move back up to seventh in the standings if they secure all three points at Molineux and they should be full of confidence following their 3-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley last time out.

Indeed, Wolves have only lost one of their last six top-flight games and there was no disgrace in that defeat as they were beaten by leaders Liverpool.

Last season's Championship winners also claimed a 1-0 victory at Palace earlier in the season and could be boosted by the return of winger Diogo Jota, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, but Adama Traore is struggling with a similar problem.

Palace have endured a mixed festive period as, following the high of winning at Manchester City, they have only been able to draw with Cardiff and then lost to Chelsea.

Those results leave Palace four points above the relegation zone and boss Roy Hodgson is expected to rotate his starting line-up for Wednesday’s match, with Max Meyer and Connor Wickham pushing for starts.

Vicente Guaita is expected to retain his place in goal despite the return to fitness of Wayne Hennessey, with Christian Benteke now the Eagles' only injury absentee.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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