Crystal Palace predicted XI against Wolves including big decision on ‘captain’ Marc Guéhi

Crystal Palace go into the weekend game looking to pull away from the relegation battle.

Crystal Palace go to the Molineux this weekend knowing they must improve on their performance against Stoke City if they are to get something from the game.

The good news for Palace fans is that there is little concern for relegation this season, and they can still push for a top 10 finish.

Patrick Vieira has done a decent job at Selhurst Park, considering he was one of the favourites to be sacked after his surprise appointment in the summer.

What has worked for the former Arsenal man is the careful recruitment, with players like Marc Guehi wasting little time in settling into life in the Premier League.

Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Loan signing Conor Gallagher is already a fan favourite at Selhurst, while new sensation Michael Olise is showing why he is regarded as one of the most interesting talents in Europe.

They will all have to come alive against a wounded Wolves side, who have played well but came away with nothing against Arsenal and West Ham in their last two league games.

Bruno Lage’s side have also surprised many this season and they will be looking to get back on the right track, which makes this encounter an interesting one.

Erik Pieters of Burnley is challenged by Nathaniel Clyne of Crystal Palace(Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace injury news

A trip to the Black Country side might come too soon for Nathan Ferguson and Joel Ward, who are both working their way back to full fitness.

Aside from the duo, Palace all but have a very full, fit squad going into the game, and the manager will be desperate to repeat their performance back in November that gave the Eagles all three points.

Vieira was disappointed in the performance against Stoke in midweek, and called for his team to make good use of the ball going forward.

“I was really disappointed with how we played today,” he said after the game.

“We didn’t use the ball, we didn’t create chances and we didn’t defend well as a team. If we want to go further, we need to play better.”

Marc Guéhi to start as captain again?

Summer signing Marc Guehi is having quite a season on the pitch, but he is also turning heads in the dressing room and the technical team have noticed.

In the presence of more experienced team members like Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate, the young English defender has been entrusted with the armband.

In the past Zaha would naturally be given the armband in the absence of Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur, but against Watford Vieira decided that Guehi should have it.

Most of the teammates thought it was just a one off, but against Stoke City he was handed the armband to show that Vieira is preparing him to become a future leader on the team.

Given that the team has won whenever he is the captain, it will be interesting to see if he is given the task against Wolves this weekend.

Predicted starting XI

Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Hughes , Kouyate; Zaha, Mateta, Olise.