On Sunday afternoon, Everton and Wolves clash at Goodison Park, as both teams attempt to underline their credentials as a potential challenger for a top-six spot in the Premier League this season.
Everton (Odds of 11/10 for victory)
The home side has experienced a mixed campaign so far this season. The Toffees have picked up four points from a possible three league games. Last time out in the league, Marco Silva’s team suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat Aston Villa.
However, the Portuguese boss rung the changes for their midweek League Cup clash with Lincoln City, and they looked a lot brighter going forward in recording a 4-2 victory. New signings Alexi Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Moise Kean all made their first Everton starts and all made good contributions. It would be highly surprising they were not named in the starting line-up for this clash.
The Merseysider’s have a formidable recent home record in the Premier League, as they are unbeaten in six matches at Goodison Park, having won their last five matches. The Toffees have also kept clean sheets in their last six home league games. The Toffees are favourites to record a sixth straight home win in the top-flight.
Wolves (Odds of 13/5 for victory)
The visitors have enjoyed a mixed start to their Premier League campaign, drawing all three of their top-flight matches against Leicester, Manchester United and last time out Burnley. In truth, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has struggled to really get going.
Taking part in the early rounds of the Europa League has not helped their cause either. The side from the Midlands are now through to the group stages of the competition, having beaten Torino 2-1 on Thursday night to win the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
Wolves most recent games in the Premier League have been low-scoring affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last five matches. Considering Everton’s recent defensive record on home soil, this game could be in the same vein.
One negative for Wolves heading to Merseyside is their recent away record in the top-flight. Santo’s team has won just once in eight league matches on their travels. They have also lost three of their last five games on their travels.
Wolves do have last seasons 3-1 victory at Goodison Park to send out on to the pitch in good spirits. However, there have been signs in recent months that Everton are now a much tougher defensive proposition than when these two teams last met on Merseyside.
This game is difficult to predict, as both teams’ seasons have failed to really get off the ground yet. Both have quality within their squad, and in Everton’s case, their new signings are still settling.
However, Everton have re-established Goodison Park as a fortress once again in recent months. With the likes of Kean and Iwobi gaining match fitness, we fancy the Toffees to record a narrow victory.
We can also see this game being a tight affair considering both sides recent records in the Premier League. Therefore, the under 2.5 goals at odds of 4/7 looks like a logical punt for this game.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 11/10 and/or under 2.5 goals at odds of 4/7 (all odds taken from Bet365).
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