A big mid-table showdown will feature the Premier League’s return to the pitch on Tuesday afternoon when Wolverhampton hosts Everton in a crucial clash at the Molineux Stadium.
Both teams have struggled of late to generate offense and goal-scoring opportunities, so it would be wise to expect a cagey affair from both Wolves and Everton. While these teams are capable of more than their recent results, it surely isn’t coming across like that of late. A win here would do wonders for either side’s 2021 prospects.
For the Wolves, they simply lack depth, and the congested holiday schedule has not helped matters. This remains a tired side and manager Nuno Espirito Santo is struggling to get the best out of his limited roster. Lately, they’ve really struggled to score from open play – a concerning trend as they prepare for the Toffees on Tuesday.
On the Everton side, their torrid start seems to be quite distant in the memory bank, given their recent run of poor form. Lately this side has shown poor defensive instincts, and though James Rodriguez has recently returned from injury – the goal-scoring hasn’t followed.
With the current plight of both sides entering Tuesday’s encounter, it should make for a pretty intriguing clash. Both Wolves and Everton have European aspirations, so a win here for either club would certainly go a long way. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further team news, a tactical analysis, and a betting prediction for this all-important match-up.
Wolves vs. Everton Betting Odds:
Over 2 (-125)
Under 2 (+105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Wolves vs. Everton Pick:
As the low posted total would indicate, don’t expect too much action from the outset in this clash. Both sides can see the current standings, and a loss here would be quite damaging. As such, expect a tepid opening to begin with.
If any side looks the more likely to score, it has to be the visitors in Everton. Though they’ve struggled somewhat since their hot opening to the campaign, results are slowly turning around for Carlo Ancelotti’s group. They have won four of their past five matches across all competitions, and with James Rodriguez back in an attacking role – the chances and goals are starting to return.
Per InfoGol, the Toffees have generated close to 1 expected goal per game in non-penalty situations, and look for them to control the bulk of possession throughout the match on Tuesday.
One area that will draw concern about Everton’s attacking ability is the absence of their lead striker in Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The English attacker has been in excellent form this season, and while Cenk Tosun is capable of filling in – that’s definitely a step down in finishing ability.
For the Wolves, there continues to be a ton of concern. Without their top striker in Raul Jimenez, this squad has mustered very little offensively. Both chances and shots at goal are significantly down, and they show no sign of improving devoid of their top talents. They lack depth, and it seems unlikely they can effectively breach a solid Everton defense.
The Wolves’ defensive game has also been quite porous in recent weeks, a new and concerning trend for Nuno Espirito Santo’s club. They’ve moved to near the bottom of the table in recent weeks when it comes to expected goals allowed, and despite their stinginess from last season – this is obviously a fading club that is struggling with limited roster selection and talent.
Everton look by far the likelier side to escape with the full three points in what should be a dull, but important clash at the Molineux Stadium. They’ll push the pace, control the tempo, and even without Calvert-Lewin, they still have enough talent in their side to score goals. The same cannot be said right now for Wolves, who will surely continue their negative tactics and play not to lose. That’s not a recipe for success, and expect a narrow Everton victory as a result.