Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton 12 August 18

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Aug 10, 2018, 04:43 PM Last Edit: Aug 12, 2018, 05:37 AM by Harry85
Match Day 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 
Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.78
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.85
Top Scorer 17/18: Diogo Jota (17)

Everton:
Last five matches form: D W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Oumar Niasse ( 8 )

It's welcome back to the Premier League for Wolverhampton Wanderers this coming weekend with Everton being the visitors to Molineux.

Wolves were by far and away the best side in the Championship last term, not only in terms of their results, but also in the quality of the football they played. The question now is can they handle this step up in class?

12 players have been brought in to aid their cause - although some of these were on loan at the club last season. The likes of Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker do look to be quality signings though.

Meanwhile it's all change at Everton. They have a new manager in Marco Silva who is charged with adding attractive football to the solid results achieved under Sam Allardyce. They have also brought in some serious quality in the transfer market. Richarlison arrives from Watford and Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk to improve the attacking threat.  Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina should inject international quality into the back line.

Given their vast expenditure and quality on paper, many will be expecting Everton to take this. They do look to have a lot of new parts which need to formed into a cohesive whole though and are coming up against a settled, well drilled and well organised Wolves side. We fancy a home win here.



Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 1 Everton

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 6
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 57% - 43%

Goal scorer Richarlson was booked for Everton who also had Phil Jagielka shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson. Wolves kept their names out of the referee's notebook.

It was new signing Richarlison who struck first in the 17th minute. Reacting quickest to a loose ball in the area following something of a scramble to finish from close range.

Then in the space of four minutes towards the end of the first half, the game was turned on its head. Firstly, Phil Jagielka was given his marching orders for a foul on Dioga Jotain the 40th minute. It was the 44th minute by the time Wolves got round to taking the resultant free kick and it was Ruben Neves who stepped up to do what he does best, curling a beauty into the top right corner. 1-1 but advantage Wolves headed into the break.

Everton certainly weren't going to lie down here though and really performed admirably considering they were a man down.

Wolves were struggling to break though this resolute Toffees side and in the 68th minute they were hit with a sucker punch. Richarlison paying back another chunk of his hefty transfer fee when drifting into the left hand side of the box before finishing brilliantly into the bottom right corner.

Wolves were spared the ignominy of losing to ten men on their return to the Premier League and it was that man Neves who was again at the heart of the action. This time playing a wicked cross into the area to pick Raul Jimenez out in the area. Jimenez doing the rest to head into the bottom corner.




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