I came out of the ground after the first match of the season happy with a point and thinking the Premier League was tougher than anticipated.
Everton played much of the game with a man less yet could easily have won.
They moved the ball faster than Wolves and caused a previously impervious defence no end of problems.
I needn’t have worried of course.
The team adjusted quickly and we now head to Goodison one place and two points better off than the Toffees with every chance of getting a win in the return fixture.
There’s a feeling that it hasn’t really taken off for Marco Silva yet despite the fact Everton are 8th in the table.
Going out of the FA Cup to Millwall was a setback with a decent chance of silverware missed in a draw that’s opening up.
They’ll want to finish 7th and rightly so given the calibre of player they were able to attract in the latter stages of the last transfer window.
Keeping Idrissa Gueye was the challenge in January with PSG offering big bucks for the all action midfielder and they successfully fended them off this time.
They’d have liked a striker but reported targeted Michy Batshuayi ended up at Palace instead so they’ll be going with what they’ve got until May.
It’s won 6, drawn 3 and lost 3 from their home games thus far so little to extract from that fairly decent record.
The home end
Some comments from the match thread on a popular Everton forum:
We’re not at the races for sure, but our problems have come against ‘average’ teams when they set up at Goodison and look for a draw. I cant see Wolves playing that way. Yes, theyll look to bed in the game, but they’ll fancy their chances as they have on the road all season: 4 wins 3 draws 4 losses. They’ll come out and play; their manager will make sure of it. This will be two sides looking at this with one thing in mind: win it.
I do fancy us to win this because Wolves are a hipster team who are good one game but terrible the next, but there’s been no consistency in our performances to draw that kind of conclusion.
Can’t see Wolves sitting back, they’ll come to attack like Bournemouth did. Will be an interesting game.
It would be lovely to win and make it two on the bounce. Good side Wolves though so can’t see us winning as we don’t look in any way shape or form like performances are gonna suddenly click. Keep it tight, if we get a chance or two and take them then you never know but I think it will be a 1-1 draw or 2-1 defeat.
Should be a good game. They blow a bit hot and cold. We blow lukewarm at home. 2-1 to Silva’s stormtroopers.
The only question should be whether or not Willy Boly comes straight back into the team?
It’s worth noting we have won both Premier League games he’s missed and kept a cleansheet against West Ham.
Saiss also scored and in my book enhanced his reputation with some committed, intelligent performances.
That said, you’ve got to play your best players and Boly is a specialist center half and also a giant tree. I would select him tomorrow, as harsh as that is on his deputy.
It’s as you were at the top of the Prediction League table with the leaders all collecting points having correctly forecasted victory over West Ham.
Well done to StuWolf, Paddy and Andrew Hadley who got the scoreline spot on to take a maximum.
As always, if you’d like to join in the fun, simply leave your prediction for the game in the comment section below, which is where you’ll also find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!