Securing their spot in the Europa League for the first time since 1980 with a 2-1 win over Torino on Thursday night, Wolves will now turn their attentions back to domestic duties this weekend.
While Sunday’s guests might be boosted by their European exploits over the summer, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side are still searching for their first Premier League victory since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
Playing out a trio of draws against Burnley, Manchester United and Leicester, Wolves will make the trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon and they should be boosted by their most recent meeting against the Toffees.
With Everton still struggling to make much of an impact after spending big over the summer, you will be interested to know that the Oranges secured a 3-1 win at Goodison when the two sides met back in February and a similar result can be found at 5/2 with SkyBet.
Everton searching for a clinical edge
Although Head Coach Marco Silva may have seen his side manage to come from behind to clinch a dramatic 4-2 win against League One outfit Lincoln earlier in the week, Everton are yet to get out of the blocks since opening the new Premier League campaign.
Suffering a 2-0 loss away at a returning Villa Park last week and managing to win just one of their opening three contests, it will undeniably be their form in the final third giving Silva the biggest headache.
Despite once again breaking the £100million barrier over the summer and bringing in the likes of Moise Kean and Andre Gomes on a permanent basis, the Blues have recorded just one top-flight goal this season, the joint-worst attacking record heading into September.
Speaking after their defeat against Villa last week, the former Watford boss has made it no secret that his side must drastically improve on their form in the final third.
“It is concerning about the goals we didn’t score and of course we should score more. Against Palace we created lots of chances to score and didn’t and again today.”
Sadly for fans around Goodison Park, Sunday’s hosts have also been hit with some worrying injury news.
New midfield arrival Jean-Philippe Gbamin picked up a knock against Watford on his top-flight debut and is set to miss Wolves’ visit this weekend. It is likely that a returning Fabian Delph could be drafted straight in after featuring away at Lincoln on Wednesday night.
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Raul Jiminez’s stellar summer continues
Although Wolves may have needed a controversial injury-time VAR penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw off of Burnley at Molineux last weekend, Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo finds the confidence in his camp on a high.
Picking up a famous 5-3 aggregate win over Torino to secure a European return for the first time in almost 40 years, Wolves’ Portuguese tactician was quick to praise what Thursday’s result meant for fans around the Midlands.
“Work started two years ago and this is the next step. This is massive for us. It has been tough so far. The way the fans push us, they are the 12th man.”
Although many were concerned how Wolves would handle having to deal with a hectic summer schedule, there is no doubt that they once again have their sights firmly set on making another charge up the Premier League this season.
Wolves can currently be found at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to go one step further than their 7th-place finish in the 2018/2019 campaign.
While Sunday’s hosts might be struggling to convert in the final third, Wolves have one leading man who has continued to enjoy a purple patch over the summer.
Once again finding the net against Torino and also converting from the spot against Burnley last weekend, Raul Jiminez now has three in his last three and will once again lead the line at Goodison.
Also finding the net in Wolves’ 3-1 win on Merseyside back in February, the Mexican international can be found at 12/5 with Bet365 to extend that run this weekend.