Crystal Palace’s Sam Johnstone will continue in goal despite the arrival of Dean Henderson from Manchester United this week. Michael Olise and Matheus Franca remain on the sidelines, but Will Hughes returned to training this week.
Wolves will give a late fitness test to Hwang Hee-Chan, who came off at half time in last week’s win at Everton. New signing Tommy Doyle could be in line to make his debut after joining from Manchester City.
On Matheus Nunes’ exit: “When I dealt with him before he worked hard and did what he could for the club. Then a big club came calling and players want to play for Man City. We move on.”
On what changed with the Nunes situation, O’Neil said: “The offer. At that point it was a lot lower and we weren’t going to accept. The squad will be in a better place than it was last week by the end of the window.”
On the arrival of Tommy Doyle: “He is a talented boy, well educated football wise. He adds quality in central midfield and is someone who can affect games now and in future.”
On rumours of interest in Harrison Reed and Steven Alzate: “Few areas that hopefully we can still strengthen before end of window. No other names to confirm. Happy to confirm we are trying to do some more.”
O’Neil added: “The recruitment team are working extremely hard to get a balanced squad. I am sure by the close of play tomorrow we will be happy with what we have done.”
On respect for Roy Hodgson: “To be an elite manager and work at the top level as long as he has, I have unbelievable respect for him.”
On new signing Enso Gonzalez, O’Neil said the 18-year-old winger has a “lot of talent”, adding: “His work ethic and all the footage I have seen, he has a real desire to impact the game. He is young, with plenty of time for progression.”
MATCH STATS & FACTS
- Wolves inflicted the first defeat of Roy Hodgson’s return as Crystal Palace manager with a 2-0 win at Molineux in April.
- Palace are aiming to equal their longest winning streak in top flight home matches against a single opponent of four.
- Crystal Palace are looking to avoid losing their opening two home games for the first time since 2018-19.
- The Eagles have picked up just two yellow cards in the Premier League this season. By contrast, Wolves have received 12 yellows and a red.
- The 15 players they have used so far is the lowest number by a top-flight club this season.
- No player has had more shots in the Premier League this campaign than Eberechi Eze’s 16, although he has failed to score with all of them.
- Both of Wolves’ Premier League goals this season have been scored by substitutes: Hwang Hee-chan against Brighton and Sasa Kalajdzic versus Everton.
- Wolves are winless in each of their last 10 Premier League visits to London (D3, L7), since a 2-0 victory at Spurs in February 2022.
- Since returning to the top flight in 2018, Wolves have scored with all 16 of their Premier League penalties.
Referee: Robert Jones. Assistants: Ian Hussin, Wade Smith. Fourth official: Thomas Bramall. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.
Match kicks off at 2pm at Selhurst Park on Sunday 3rd September. The match will be shown live on Sky Sports.