Preview - Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers 01 February 19

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Match Day 25
Everton vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, February 1st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.46
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Richarlison (10)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez ( 8 )

One of the most intriguing games on Match Day 25 in the Premier League comes at Goodison Park as eighth placed Everton play host to seventh placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. With only two points between the sides, Everton could overhaul Wolves with a win in this one.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at Molineux finishing up in a 2-2 draw.

Everton will be without the injured Phil Jagielka and suspended Lucas Digne. No injury concerns to report for Wolves.

Everton still seem a little underwhelming to us considering all the investment, but they do seem to be climbing the table again now and have been good at home overall in only losing three of their twelve to date. They weren't particularly good in beating Huddersfield in midweek and will likely need to play significantly better here.

Wolves were deemed the team most likely to thrive from the promoted sides and they have certainly lived up to that expectation in what has been an excellent campaign to date. Four defeats in eleven away games is a solid return for a newly promoted side, with away wins having already come at West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Tottenham. Nuno Espirito Santo's men have scored in all bar three of those away games.

An evenly matched game as the table would suggest. For us though Wolves are the better of these two sides and can prove it here.

Prediction: Everton 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Half time:  1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  6 - 6
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 64% - 36%

Kurt Zouma, Michael Keane and Tom Davies were all booked for the home side, with referee Lee Mason also taking the name of Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And so Wolves glorious return to the Premier League continues to go from strength to strength as Nuno Espirito Santo's men pick up a big three points on the road. Everton may have bossed possession, but Wolves created just as many opportunities on goal, and crucially made more of those chances on the day.

Wolves got off to a flyer at Goodison Park - taking the lead in just the seventh minute. Leighton Baines clumsily bringing down Matt Doherty in the right-hand side of the area and leaving Lee Mason little option but to point to the spot. No mistake from Rúben Neves to find the bottom right.

Twenty minutes later Everton were back on level terms. André Gomes driving into the right-hand side of the area and firing an absolute rocket into the top right corner from eighteen-yards. Fine strike.

Wolves regained the advantage on the stroke of half-time. Joao Moutinho's free-kick from deep on the left finding Raul Jiménez around eight yards out and central. The frontman planting a header in to the left-hand side 1-2 at the break.

The team in gold then made certain of the points in the 66th minute. Everton coughing up possession in the centre of the park and Wolves breaking quickly. Diogo Joto dancing into the left of the area but seeing his shot blocked up into the air. Leon Dendoncker was the man on hand to gleefully smash home on the volley from around eight yards.

No way back for the Toffees. 1-3 final score.

Everton slip down a possession to ninth in the table, whilst Wolves solidify their hold on seventh spot.

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