Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Following a goalless draw with Leicester City, Crystal Palace will look to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they face Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening. The Eagles have been showing signs of improvement of late, and the fact that they defeated Leeds United in their last home game is surely giving fans a reason for optimism. All Butland, Richards, Ferguson, Clyne, McArthur are sidelined with injuries for the capital club.
The Wolves, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, with Ruben Neves scoring the winner from the penalty spot. Defender Nathan Collins is back from suspension, while attackers Sasa Kalajdzic and Raul Jimenez remain in the recovery room. Pedro Neto and Chiquinho miss out with injuries as well, while Korea forward Hee-Chan Hwang is pushing for a start. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Selhurst Park as the two teams seem to be evenly matched.
Highlighted Player (Jean-Philippe Mateta):
A talented French youngster Jean-Philippe Mateta worked his way up through football’s less glamorous landscapes plying his trade at local amateur sides and third-tier outfits before Ligue 1 giants Lyon took notice of his 11 goals in 22 matches and brought him to the big league.
Having failed to make it into the first team in a debut season with Les Gones, Mateta was shipped out to Le Havre, leading the club to promotion play-offs. Bundesliga side Mainz took notice of his ability and came calling in the summer of 2018 after he bagged 17 goals in 35 league matches. An imposing physical presence at his 192cm, Mateta is a mobile forward and a decent dribbler who can finish with both of his feet.
Having worked his way up from the very bottom, Jean-Philippe Mateta is a committed individual determined to make a name for himself. His impressive goalscoring record got rewarded in the form of France U19 call-up in 2017.
Highlighted Team (Wolves):
Wolverhampton are a club that was originally known as St. Luke’s FC. The Wolves play in the Championship and they were founded in 1877. Molineux is the home ground of Wolverhampton and the capacity of the stadium is 31,700. Wolverhampton have won four FA Cup trophies (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), with the team lifting the League Cup trophy in 1974 and 1980.
The colour of the club’s shirts is orange and they wear black shorts. The Wolves wear blue jerseys when playing away from home. Wolverhampton’s main rivals are West Bromwich Albion and they have been facing each other in the Black Country derby since 1888. In their first meeting in the local derby WBA recorded a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Wolverhampton have won three First Division trophies (1953/1954, 1957/1958, 1958/1959) and they have clinched four FA Cup titles as well (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960). The club’s owner is Steve Morgan.