After a tentative start to his Wolves tenure, which got off to the worst possible start with three straight defeats, Bruno Lage has shifted the momentum in the West Midlands, with his side unbeaten in four and enjoying four wins from their last six. Everton meanwhile have just started to buckle under Rafa Benitez.
Starting with the hosts, they went pointless and goalless in their opening three Premier League fixtures, suffering an identical 1-0 reversal to Leicester, Tottenham and Man Utd, but since that loss to the Red Devils, they have claimed the scalps of Watford, Southampton, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Those triumphs have rocketed them up to 11th in the table and just a point below Everton, who travel to the Molineux off the back of successive home defeats, an uninspiring 1-0 reversal to West Ham just after the international break, and the weekend’s capitulation to Watford, losing 5-2 to Claudio Ranieri’s new side.
Benitez shifted his polarising status at Goodison Park after a blistering start to his tenure on the other side of Stanley Park, but he will know the fans can turn against him at any point given his association with Liverpool, so he must ensure his side’s recent habit of losing doesn’t become common place on his watch.
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Wolves vs Everton: Match Stats
Everton, for one reason or another, seem to wilt as games progress. Incredibly, they have conceded nine Premier League goals in the final 30 minutes of games this season, with only Norwich City conceding more in that time (13). Four of those came last time out to Watford, in which they became only the third team in Premier League history to concede four goals in the final 15 minutes of a game, and the first this century (Southampton in 1997 and Nottingham Forest in 1999).
Wolves may look to summer recruit Hwang Hee-chan to do the business for them. The South Korean striker, on loan from RB Leipzig, has netted four goals in his six Premier League games for Wolves this term. A goal here for the 25-year-old would ensure he becomes the first player to score five Premier League goals within seven matches since Ollie Watkins last November — and the fastest Wolves player to score five for the club after Carl Cort and Kevin Doyle.
Wolves have sealed victory in just one of their last six home Premier League games against Everton, which came in a 3-0 victory back in July 2020. That game transpired after Carlo Ancelotti joined the Toffees midway through the season, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side collecting three points emphatically through Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker and Diogo Jota.