Kick-off: 1400, 01/09/2019
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Sky Sports
Everton will view Wolves as a target this term and the feeling is that they will be more fired up for this Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Wanderers have already shown signs of being distracted by a Europa League campaign and the second leg of their tie with Torino may take its toll on Merseyside.
We’re snapping up 23/20 for the Toffees to come out on top in our opening Everton vs Wolves prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton showed lots of ambition in the summer transfer window and started well enough with a goalless draw at Crystal Palace and 1-0 home win over Watford.
Losing 2-0 at Aston Villa was a setback, but Wednesday’s 4-2 success at Lincoln in the EFL Cup at least allowed a few forwards to find their form.
Lucas Digne’s stunning free-kick was the highlight of that victory, but goals for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi and Richarlison were just as significant.
Marco Silva said: “They need time, more time to reach the best physical condition, but they did well and for sure in the future we will see more from them.”
The Toffees definitely have the talent to push for a place in Europe next term and Goodison has proved a fortress over the past six months.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United were all beaten here in the closing stages of last term, without scoring a single goal between them.
Looking at the Everton vs Wolves odds, we reckon 23/10 for a sixth straight home win to nil is fair value.
Last Everton EPL line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is Everton’s only absentee. The Ivory Coast midfielder, signed from German club Mainz for £25million earlier this summer, is facing at least eight weeks on the sidelines because of a thigh injury.
A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds
Wolves are unbeaten in the Premier League this term, but whereas draws against Leicester and Manchester United were satisfactory, a 1-1 stalemate with Burnley at Molineux had alarm bells ringing.
Wanderers trailed for a long time to a 13th-minute Ashley Barnes goal and needed a last-gasp Raul Jimenez penalty to get anything out of that game.
Nuno Espirito Santo insisted the desire is there to compete on all fronts, stating: “What they want is to play and put everything we do here on the pitch.”
However, the admission that Jimenez has been protecting a fractured left wrist highlights the demands being placed on his men.
Wolves excelled last term when able to stick with a settled side, but the European adventure has forced Nuno into shuffling his pack and that could also affect their continuity.
Richarlison bagged a brace when these teams drew 2-2 at Molineux last term and 5/1 for the Brazilian to open the scoring here is added to our Everton vs Wolves betting tips.
Last Wolves EPL line-up: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Neves, Gibbs-White, Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota.
Matt Doherty will be assessed as he continues to regain match fitness following a summer knee injury.
Lincoln 2-4 EVERTON – Lucas Digne, Gylfi Sigurdsson (pen), Alex Iwobi, Richarlison
WOLVES 1-1 Burnley – Raul Jimenez (pen)
Head-to-head: Everton 1-3 Wolves, Wolves 2-2 Everton
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