Premier League football returns to Molineux on Saturday evening, as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Everton in the opening round of fixtures. After a stunning season in the Championship last year, plenty is expected of Wolves, but Everton will be a tough test for Nuno Santo’s side.
Where and when: Molineux – 11 August, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Wolves vs. Everton: BT Sport
Last time: The teams shared a goalless draw the last time they played towards the end of the 2011/12 season, with the point not enough to save Wolves from dropping out of the Premier League.
Wolves v Everton Predictions and Preview
There could be exciting times ahead for both of these sides, with plenty of optimism surrounding both Wolves and Everton heading into the new campaign. Can the Portuguese revolution at Molineux take the Premier League by storm, and will the Toffees’ new signings help to awaken the slumbering Merseyside giant?
Incredibly for a newly promoted side facing a team looking to break into the top six, Wolves start this game as slight favourites in the betting. They are priced at 27/20, which shows just how impressive they were in marching to the Championship title last term. They were just a single point shy of a century, winning the league by nine points from Cardiff City.
|Both teams to score||10/11||Offer|
|The score draw||18/5||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||16/13||Offer|
Everton meanwhile are 12/5, although their price could shorten the closer we get towards the game. The Toffees look to have already signed well this summer, with big names such as Bernard and Yerry Mina also rumoured to be on the way. Players of that calibre could help to turn Marco Silva’s side into top-six contenders, so it could be a good idea to get on the Toffees sooner rather than later for this weekend.
As the last match between the two sides was over six years ago, little can be gleaned from their previous meetings. However, the last game ended in a draw, and four of the last six games between the two clubs have ended in a stalemate. With Wolves feeling their way back into the top flight, and Everton integrating their new signings, another draw could be worth a shout at 12/5.
Wolves have no injury concerns heading into this game, and could hand a debut to new signing Joao Moutinho, who’s arrived from French outfit Monaco. Big money Everton signing Richarlison is expected to feature, although the Toffees have fitness concerns over Jordan Pickford, Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy, Mason Holgate and Beni Baningime.
One to watch for Wolves: Diogo Jota made last season’s loan move to Molineux permanent this summer, and has the tools to excite Premier League fans. With an eye for the spectacular, he’s 6/1 for the first goal of the game.
One to watch for Everton: There’s plenty of expectation on Richarlison’s shoulders after Marco Silva spent in the region of £45m to secure the services of his former charge at Watford. The Brazilian is 10/1 to open the scoring.
Long shot: Both of these teams have nothing to lose in the first game of the season, and with Everton looking to move towards a more attacking style after the dreary Sam Allardyce regime, this could be a lively encounter against a talented Wolves side. A 2-2 draw in front of the TV cameras on Saturday evening is priced at 18/1.