Everton v Wolves Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 28, 2019
Goodison Park - Premier League
Marco Silva's Everton host Wolves this weekend, with the Toffees looking to bounce back from their defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.
Wolves won 3-1 at Goodison Park last season, following their return to the Premier League, with Silva's Blues drawing 2-2 at Molineux on the opening day of the 2018-19 season.
Everton have not won in their last three meetings with Wolves, a run that stretches back to 2011.
Silva is likely to make a late call on midfielder Fabian Delph, who is yet to play this season, after picking up a groin injury during pre-season. Two of Everton's other summer signings are certain to miss out, with Jonas Lossl and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both injured.
Wolves boss Nuno Santo has a fully fit squad to chose from ahead of the trip to Merseyside, with Matt Doherty and Joao Moutinho both expected to shake off minor injuries in time to start this weekend.
Everton v Wolves Predictions and Preview
Everton had started the season in fairly solid fashion, prior to their defeat at Villa Park last weekend, but Silva will be looking for more from his players as they prepare to host what will surely be one of their rivals for Europa League qualification this season. A draw at Crystal Palace and a home win against rock bottom Watford look to set the tempo for Everton, but defeat at newly promoted Villa will have rocked them somewhat, and how they react to that will likely be the deciding factor in this clash.
Wolves have endured a busy pre-season, having already played six games in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, alongside three Premier League matches. Santo will be keen to get focused on the business of the Premier League this weekend. How well Wolves are expected to do this season is difficult to assess, as three draws from their first three league games shows solidity, but that do not look to be as free flowing in attack as they were at the back end of the 2018-19 campaign.
This is a difficult game to call, with both sides seeming to still be in first gear so far this season - and a draw could well be a safe option in what could be a quiet afternoon for both sides - priced at 23/10. Neither side has been particularly prolific in the opening weeks of the season, with one goal in three games for Everton, alongside two goals in their first three for the visitors ahead of this weekend. With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 4/6.
A 1-1 draw at 11/2
A game likes this could be a top six/seven decider further down the line this season, however at this stage it is likely to be a more contained encounter. Everton will want to get the memory of the first defeat of the season out of their system and Wolves will be happy to keep ticking over, as they look to find their groove.
Raul Jimenez to score anytime at 21/10
The Mexican international got off the mark in Premier League action this season with a 97th minute penalty to secure a draw at home to Burnley last weekend, and he looks to be getting back into his form of 2018-19 in recent appearances. He also has a good record against Silva's side, with two in two from last season.