Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews Wolves v Everton and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Wolves v Everton Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 11/08/2018
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Molineux
- Channel: BT Sport
Adapting to the demands of Premier League football is a challenging task for newcomers, who have historically struggled to transition from the outset.
Previously, eight of ten Championship winners have lost their top flight opener, Roy Keane’s Sunderland being the last to triumph, winning 1-0 against Tottenham in 2007.
However, Nuno’s vibrant Wolves outfit, who are arguably the best technicians to ever win the second-tier title, can break this eleven-year trend on Saturday.
Last season, the Midlands-based club were victorious 16 times on home soil, losing just two of their 23 games at Molineux, the other five fixtures ending in stalemates.
Having spent over £60m on new recruits this summer, their talented squad can prolong this fine record. Crucially, Portuguese playmaker Rúben Neves has penned a new long-term deal, whilst Willy Boly, Rúben Vinagre, Diogo Jota, and Léo Bonatini have all signed permanently following successful loan spells.
International pals Rui Patrício and João Moutinho joined Wanderers earlier in the window and their combined cost of £5m can be considered as excellent business.
More recently, a club record fee has been shelled out on Adama Traoré, and if the lighting quick winger can improve in the final third, his £18m capture could prove to be a wise investment.
Versatile Spaniard Jonny Castro, Belgium international Leander Dendoncker, and Benfica front man Raúl Jiménez have also joined on loan and add greater depth to the squad.
The hosts’ opening day opponents have enjoyed a similarly successful window, securing the services of six exciting starlets. Totaling an £80m figure, Yerry Mina, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Digne, Bernard, André Gomes, and Richarlison have all been signed by Everton, however it may be smart to oppose the Goodison boys this weekend.
Adapting to Marco Silva’s fresh approach is likely to take time, with the tactician opting to play a more attractive brand of football, in contrast to previous Blues boss Sam Allardyce.
Unlike Wolves, who have had a year-long period to refine their possession-based style, Silva’s squad have only had pre-season to get to grips with a completely new system. As such, their new-look team may struggle to gel instantly, so favoring the home side appears the best angle here.
Adama Traore may have to wait for his first Wolves start. The new boy is carrying an injury to his shoulder.
Saturday’s tie may come too soon for Everton’s Deadline Day newcomers, however debuts could be given to Lucas Digne and Richarlison.
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Castro, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jota, Costa, Jiménez.
Potential Everton Starting XI: Pickford, Digne, Jagielka, Keane, Coleman, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Tosun.
Head To Head
- This is the first meeting between the sides since May 2012. Their last encounter ended in a bore draw at Molineux.
Key Stats & Facts
- Everton won just once in their seven pre-season friendlies. The Toffees were defeated in their last four warm-up fixtures.
- Marco Silva has lost 14 of his 23 Premier League games on away soil, drawing three, and winning just four.
- Wolves – 11/8
- Draw – 12/5
- Everton – 12/5
With both sides boasting an array of talent, this tea time tie has the potential to be a cracker. The 11/8 quote on Wolves initially appeals however, having the draw on side may be favorable here. Everton’s late arrivals are expected to be omitted from the start but if included in the squad, can impact the fixture from the bench. Therefore, backing Wolves at 0 on the Asian Handicap, with the insurance of a push if the game ends level, is an intelligent punt.