Round six of the English Premier League heads to Selhurst Park for a showdown between Crystal Palace and the Wolverhampton Wanderers on 9/21/19.

“Soccer" Crystal Palace

Founded in 1905, Crystal Palace FC has played most of its history in the top two levels of the English Football system. Crystal Palace was named to the Football League in 1920 and since 1963, they have been relegated below the second level only once. They were one of the founding members of the Premier League but during the 90s, they suffered financial problems and underwent rehabilitation. They have since recovered and have stayed in the Premier League since 2013.

After finishing in the bottom positions of the league for several seasons, they finished in 12th spot last year after losing eight out of their first 13 matches. A surge that saw them win nine games beginning New Year’s Day enabled them to recover and hold on to their Premier League position.

Crystal Palace ranked first in the Premier League in Goals Conceded with only two so far in their first four matches played. However, they gave up four goals in their last match, a loss to the Tottenham Hotspur. They have scored only three goals though, good for 18th in the EPL. Their goals difference of +1 goal ranks them at 5th place and only one of their three goals were assisted.

Jordan Ayew is the main man on this Crystal Palace offense. He has already scored two goals on the season while Patrick van Aanholt has scored the team’s third goal of the current term. Jeff Schlupp has the lone assist for Crystal Palace while goalkeeper Vicente Guaita has a total of 10 saves on the season.

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“Soccer" Wolverhampton

The Wolverhampton Wanderers were also among the founding members of the Football League in 1888. They won the 2017/18 EFL Championship to make a return to the Top Flight. In their first season back, they finished an impressive 7th place and posted big wins over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Wanderers won the English League three times during the 50s and finished as the League runner-up in five other instances. Wolverhampton also won the Football League Club twice and has a total of four FA Cup wins and four FA Cup runners-up finishes. They will mark their return to European competition after four decades at the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League.

Raul Jimenez leads the Wolves with two goals scored in five matches played. Ruben Neves and Patrick Cutrone each have scored one goal as well. Defender Willy Boly and midfielder Joao Moutinho have one assist each for Wolverhampton while goalkeeper Rui Patricio has conceded five goals and has a total of eight saves on the season.

Wolverhampton is tied for 18th in the league with a Goal Difference of -4 goals this season. The Wolves have scored six goals on the season which puts them in 7th place in scoring. The club is ranked 18th overall with already 10 goals surrendered and they only have two assists on the season, ranking them at 16th overall in the EPL.

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Crystal Palace heads to this contest ranked 11th in the current EPL table with a record of two wins, one draw and two losses. Crystal Palace is coming off a 0-4 beating at the hands of Tottenham and that defeat came after back to back wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa.

Wolverhampton enters this match as the soccer betting favorites to beat Crystal Palace. The Wolves have yet to win on the season with three draws and two losses. They are coming off back to back losses to Everton and Chelsea and are looking to snap their winless run.

Head to head, these clubs have played in a total of 20 matches. Each team has won eight times while these two teams have played to a draw in four other instances. Crystal Palace has won three out of the last four meetings between these two teams including a 2-0 win in their most recent meeting last January 2019.

Crystal Palace has the better record right now and they have Wolverhampton’s numbers in their recent head to head matches. But the Wolves clearly have the better offensive unit between the two. With Raul Jimenez in goal-scoring form early in the season, I like the Wolverhampton Wanderers to win this matchup. Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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