Molineux Stadium - Premier League
Nuno Santo's Wolves start their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a visit from an Everton looking for a strong start to life under Marco Silva. The two portuguese managers will be keen to give a statement of intent in the opening game of the season, but make struggle after two months off.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in their last meeting, in the Premier League in 2012 at the Molineaux. The reverse fixture, however, saw more drama as Everton won thanks to a late penalty from Leighton Baines, after Phil Jagielka equalised following a Stephan Hunt spot kick.
It remains to be seen whether Santo decides to start new marquee signings Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho in Saturday's opener. Neither has spent more than a month training with the first team, although the manager will want to integrate them as soon as possible.
Silva also has decisions to make regarding his new transfers, with Richarlison and Lucas Digne both claiming stakes for first team spots. Club legend and captain Baines will be unlikely to give up his left-back spot, at least for the opening game, whilst Theo Walcott has only recently joined the club and will be reluctant to hand a spot on the right wing to the new-boy.
Wolves v Everton Preview and Predictions
The upcoming season looks to be a vital one for both Wolves and Everton, with the former looking to cement their status in the Premier League, and the latter looking to join the elite clubs with European qualification. All the right signs have been made for the two clubs to achieve their objectives.
Wolves, to start with, have been extremely active in the transfer market, following their successful Championship season, which they finished as champions. The club have bought Diogo Jota, Willy Boly Leo Bonatini outright, following impressive seasons on loan, whilst bringing in European champions Rui Patricio and Joao Patricio, not to mention moves for both Benik Afobe and Adama Traore. As a result, Nuno Santo has a incredible team on paper, although this by no means proves a guarantee for Premier League success.
Perhaps more than any other league, the BPL is able to boast a high number of clubs able to better Wolves in the transfer market. Arguably, their Saturday opponents, Everton have been one such team this summer. The Toffees have reunited Richarlison with Silva, after the Brazilian winger excelled for Watford under the Portuguese manager in the first half of last season. Further bolstering the left flank, the club has brought in Barcelona's second choice left back, Digne, who enjoyed a successful two-year spell with Roma a few years ago. Both players being under 25, they not only offer immediate first team quality, but also the potential to develop into world class talents.
Everton have also moved to streamline the squad, with Wayne Rooney leaving for the MLS, and Ramiro Funes Mori and Kevin Mirallas leaving the club for La Liga and Serie A respectively. With Davy Klaassen securing a transfer to Wender Bremen, Silva will be able to gain a better impression of his players, and add to the squad if necessary.
Come Saturday, Everton will certainly be favourites, although Wolves were indomitable at home last season, and will undoubtedly prove tough customers.
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