A relegated Wolves side welcome Everton this weekend in a desperate attempt to avoid worsening what is surely one of the most embarrassing records in modern memory – their ten-game streak of defeats at Molineux, in which they have conceded five goals on two occasions and three goals on four occasions.
Incidentally, these horrifying numbers make Everton’s odds of netting three or more appealing at 21/10, though there may be reason to avoid backing a massacre.
Last weekend’s 4-4 draw with Swansea is evidence of how Wolves seem to have finally lost their inhibition. Faced with impeding relegation, Terry Connor’s men threw caution to the wind at the Liberty Stadium, and they are very likely to do so again at home.
In coming back from 4-1 down, they proved that they still have some fight in them, suggesting you should think twice before betting against them giving Everton a tough time.
Steven Fletcher finally rediscovered his touch against Swansea and is a good price to net first at 7/1. Out of his 11 goals so far in the Premier League, ten have been his side’s first.
After all, the reverse fixture at Goodison was a close run thing, with Everton needing a Leighton Baines penalty to seal a 2-1 win with barely seven minutes to go.
So should Wolves’ odds for a win (15/4) be sneered at, or their chances of grabbing a draw at 27/10? Ultimately, Everton’s recent form shows they have enough about them to overpower their opponents at 7/10.
But with Wolves’ fans still giving their side a raucous reception, this is likely to be an exciting game and there could be money made in Wolves taking the fight to theToffees.
With plenty of goals in matches involving the two teams of late, backing both sides to net in the first half at 11/4 is hardly a bad idea.
Wolves will be geared up for this game and, buyoed by their comeback in Wales, could easily strike the first blow.
As such, what about backing Wolves to net first at 7/4, or even the home side to be in front at half-time before eventually losing the match, a play priced at 22/1?
Out of Wolves’ strikeforce, one player could very well be the man to break the deadlock: Steven Fletcher finally rediscovered his touch against Swansea and is a good price to net first at 7/1. Out of his 11 goals so far in the Premier League, ten have been his side’s first.
Either way, the Old Gold were relegated for a reason, so expect Everton to come out on top in the end.
Recommended Bet: Both teams to score in the first half @ 11/4
Outside Bet: Wolves to lead at half-time but lose the game @ 22/1
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