Wolves v Everton
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
In the late Premier League kick-off on Saturday, new boys Wolves host Everton at Molineux, as the side from the Midlands looks to return to the top-flight with a victory.
Wolves won the Championship last season under highly-rated Portuguese boss Nuno Espirito Santo. The club from the Midlands have been busy strengthening their squad for their first season in the top-flight since season 2011/12.
Wolves have signed Portuguese international duo Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, as well as highly-rated Spanish full-back Jonny on loan from Atletico Madrid. They also managed to secure the permanent signings of Diego Jota and Willy Boly, who were both influential at the club on loan last season.
The home side certainly looks a stronger team than last time they were in the Premier League when they failed to win any of their last 14 games, including a home game with Everton that finished goalless.
This summer has seen yet another managerial change for Everton, as Portuguese boss Marco Silva is now at the helm of the Toffees. The Merseysiders have endured a poor pre-season, and still have glaring weaknesses despite the big money signings of full-back Lucas Digne and winger Richarlison.
The visitors finished last season in poor form under Sam Allardyce, winning just two of their last seven Premier League games. The Toffees away form was a mixed bag towards the end of the season, as they won two, drew one and lost one of their last four away games in the league.
Wolves only injury doubt is midfielder Ivan Cavaleiro. Despite taking part at this summer’s World Cup Portuguese duo Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho still have a chance of featuring for the home side. Jonny and striker Raul Jimenez could also make their competitive debuts for the home side.
Everton are expected to be without defender Mason Holgate and midfielder James McCarthy due to injury. England number one Jordan Pickford has not featured in any pre-season games, so deputy Maarten Stekelenburg may start in goal. Summer signings Lucas Digne and Richarlison could make their competitive debuts.