Everton’s start to the season has been mixed, following a draw with Crystal Palace, a victory over Watford and a defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
Following that, the Toffees had a hard-fought victory over Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup, where Marco Silva’s side trailed against the lower-league outfit, and a stern test awaits this weekend against Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are on cloud nine after overcoming Serie A outfit Torino in Europa League qualifying, securing their spot in the group stages of the competition.
They may been carrying some tired legs after that two-legged affair and, as a result, a trio of respected pundits are all split on their predictions. You can see what they had to say below.
Wolves are now dealing with the Europa League. I know they have more players but it is just a funny thing playing Thursday and Sunday. They are at home against Torino and that will not be easy. It is also a balancing act for the manager and I think Wolves will be up and down this season.
Everton are generally good at home. They have a decent record. I like the way they played against Lincoln in the League Cup.
I thought it was one of Everton’s better displays since Marco Silva has been there and I think they can build on that this weekend.
Everton have struggled to create in their three league games to date and six shots on target from opening fixtures against Palace, Watford and Villa speaks volumes. There must be every chance that Marco Silva will give starts to summer signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi against Wolves if they successfully come through their midweek League Cup tie at Lincoln.
Wolves are in Europa League action against Torino on Thursday and have drawn all three league games to date. I feel they will again share the spoils at Goodison.
Wolves have started well. They lost a lot of silly points last year against teams which they shouldn’t have. I expected them to beat Burnley but they managed to get a draw at the very end.
What is Everton’s shape? They had to tidy the defence up – they needed to. You saw them last week and thought, what is the belief in this team? I did not see anything that told me this team would threaten the top six. I did not see this materialise.
It is an awkward one, but I am going to go with Wolves. The only thing that tells me otherwise is their Europa League match on Thursday. I am hanging on to a Wolves win here.