Football Predictions

Everton vs Wolves preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:16, 29 August 2019

Everton and Wolves will aim to gather some momentum on Sunday after enduring slow but steady starts to the new Premier League season.

Marco Silva’s Toffees have scored just one goal in their three league games but may have gained some confidence by putting four past League One side Lincoln in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Wolves have taken fewer points than Everton from their opening fixtures but remain unbeaten having drawn all three of their matches so far – but can they seal a second successive win at Goodison Park this weekend?

Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news.

When is Everton v Wolves and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: Sunday, September 1

Kick-off: 2pm BST

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: Everton v Wolves

2 February 2019: Everton 1-3 Wolves

11 August 2018: Wolves 2-2 Everton

6 May 2012: Wolves 0-0 Everton

19 November 2011: Everton 2-1 Wolves

9 April 2011: Wolves 0-3 Everton

Aggregate score: Everton (LDDWW) 8-6 Wolves (WDDLL)

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Ones to watch

Everton: Lucas Digne

Everton are finding goals hard to come by in the Premier League, so a set-piece may be their best avenue on Sunday. Against Lincoln on Wednesday, the Toffees made their breakthrough when Digne curled in a stunning free-kick. If Everton are awarded a free-kick within shooting distance, expect the Frenchman to step up ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Key stat: Digne has created more chances (7) than any other Everton player in the Premier League this season.

Wolves: Ruben Neves

Much like Everton, Wolves have struggled to get going in front of goal domestically this term. They might also be relying on a bolt from the blue, like the one Neves provided in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Molineux. As well as offering fire power from distance, the Portuguese midfielder will also be expected to give the visitors some control in the middle of the park.

Key stat: Neves has made at least 25 more successful passes (123) than any other Wolves player in the Premier League this season.

Team news

Everton

Everton are still without injured new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Against Lincoln, full debuts were handed to Djibril Sidibe, Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean – the quartet could make their first Premier League starts for the club.

Predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gomes, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Kean.

Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully fit squad of players to choose from, unless fresh injury concerns emerge from Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.

Predicted XI: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Gibbs-White, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez.

Squawka prediction

Wolves are still getting used to playing on Thursdays and Sundays because of the Europa League, so it is understandable that they may take some time to pick up results this season. Everton will be motivated by their free-scoring display at Lincoln and should edge past their opponents on this occasion.

Everton 2-1 Wolves