Crystal Palace vs Wolves lineups – Golden opportunity for Ayew to break PL duck

Crystal Palace vs Wolves lineups – Golden opportunity for Ayew to break PL duck
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Crystal Palace vs Wolves on matchday 4 of the 2023/24 Premier League season would have had a Nigeria vs Ghana battle if things went according to reports.

Palace's Ghana international Jordan Ayew would have been taking on the Super Eagles “Senior Man” Kelechi Iheanacho who was on the verge of joining Wolves according to transfer news coverage.

Fans will have to wait until the next Nigeria vs Ghana international match to see that battle. For now, Crystal Palace vs Wolves is Jordan Ayew's opportunity to get off the mark this season.

Read on for more information on the match.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves preview and team news

Crystal Palace vs Wolves will take place on Sunday 3 September 2023 at Selhurst Park.

Both teams are coming off midweek wins in the EFL Cup and as such, have a duty to continue the run. Palace is also on a good run in the league, having picked up six points from a possible nine on offer in the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Wolves, on the other hand, only got off the mark last weekend against Everton. The match is also a special one as it will see the Premier League's oldest manager face off against the Premier League's youngest manager.

Roy Hodgson has a good record since returning to Selhurst Park. He has seven wins and four draws from his last 14 games in charge since his return in March 2023.

Against Wolves, he could give midweek hattrick hero Jean-Philippe Mateta his first start which means that Jordan Ayew could be sacrificed. However, seeing as Ayew is an important player for the Eagles, it is likely that Odsonne Edouard will make way.

6 ft 7 striker Saša Kalajdžić is likely to lead the line against Crystal Palace because Gary O'Neil, Wolves' manager, will not want to slow down his momentum after he scored in back-to-back games for the team.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves will be aired on Multichoice's DStv and GOtv platforms.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves lineups and predictions

Crystal Palace vs Wolves lineups

Based on the team news, here is what we think Crystal Palace vs Wolves starting XIs will look like.

Crystal Palace

Goalkeeper: Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Trick Mitchell

Midfielders: Check Doucoure, Jefferson Lerma, Jordan Ayew, Eberechi Eze, Odsonne Edouard

Forwards: Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Wolves

Goalkeeper: José Sá

Defenders: Nelson Semedo, Craig Dawson, Max Kilman, Rayan Ait-Nouri

Midfielders: Pedro Neto, João Gomes, Mario Lemina, Pablo Sarabia

Forwards: Matheus Cunha; Saša Kalajdžić.

Crystal Palace vs Wolves prediction

Jordan Ayew is not the most prolific goal scorer but it is in games like Crystal Palace vs Wolves that he tends to bag goals. Both teams will come out to attack each other as much as possible but Palace will prove more stubborn in defence.

Both goalkeepers will be busy as well because both teams rank high on the list of teams that have the most shots in the league. Crystal Palace, however, are faring much better at the moment, which is why we predict that Crystal Palace vs Wolves will end in a win for the home team.

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This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago