With two weeks to dwell on the result of this match, I hope Wolves can sign-off with a positive outcome.
Would another draw be considered positive? I think so.
Carrying an undefeated record into the next cycle of games would be a morale booster and 4 points from some tough opening fixtures shouldn’t be sniffed at.
We deservedly won at Goodison Park last season with a bit to spare but I don’t think we’ll be quite so comfortable this time.
It should be a good contest and one both teams will feel they can win.
The Toffees gave this Wolves team their first taste of what to expect in the Premier League in last season’s opener.
Although we got the draw, the pace of the game seemed to take a lot of our players by surprise and even with a man advantage for most of the contest I was happy to get a point.
Given the players they recruited that summer, I don’t think things really panned out how the majority of Evertonians had hoped – even with a late charge for 7th that fell just short.
There’ll be similar expectations to cope with this time after more eye-catching recruitment. Cash was splashed on Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Juventus striker Moise Kean.
That said Kurt Zouma went back to Chelsea after his loan ended and the livewire Idrissa Gueye eventually got his move to PSG. I think Gueye’s departure, in particular, is a big loss to Marco Silva.
A solid 4 point return from games against Palace and Watford was slightly derailed by going down 2-0 at Villa Park last time out in the league.
They eventually eased past Lincoln in midweek but needed two late goals to progress with a 4-2 victory.
Much like Wolves they’ve built results on defensive solidity so there’s every chance this one could become a chess match.
The home end
I coudn’t find a pre-match thread on any of the Everton forums, but I did pick up a few comments of interest from The Grand Old Team forum.
So far in the league we have played three won one, drawn one lost one – All should have been victories with the players we have and money spent, could have lost them all. Carabao Cup struggled to win against a first division club. Look lethargic, off the pace and quite frankly clueless at times. Silva still insisting on playing Schneiderlin who constantly makes defensive errors, fails to tackle, gives free kicks away and insists on playing forty yard balls to heavily marked players or passes back. In essence I believe we have a decent squad with the potential for a good cup run and or relative league success, I just think the man at the helm does not know who his best squad is and where to play them. Wolves (supposedly one of our main rivals for that coveted 7th spot) on Sunday and really not relishing that one. Am I worried? Damn right I am…
1 win even had it come against an under 18 league two side and everyone thinks the good times are back.Its how Martinez kept his job for 2 years too long and players like DCL are rated as “having a part to play” at the club because they score 1 in 10 games. 4 games gone and whilst not panic stations we look average again despite another kings ransom spent on players. Silva has spent £200 million on players in 2 seasons yet we look no better.
If its possible to read anything into our early games, its perhaps that seventh is definitely our ceiling again.We are over-reliant on points at home and that has come through again in the games at Palace and Villa so far. It is early days, and I expect us to gain momentum and improve, but these are the type of games that we have to win to have any loftier expectations. The points differential from last year is the key indicator overall for me this season, I’d like to see us put an extra 12-15 points on last seasons total, and close the gap to sixth, but I’m not sure if that’s attainable.
I was surprised Matt Doherty wasn’t included in the squad to face Torino. I thought he might be given minutes to help build up match sharpness at some point.
Traore will surely start on Sunday though? If he does that could be the key battle against Everton’s influential left-back Lucas Digne.
I thought Valejo was poor against Torino and generally doesn’t look comfortable on the right side of a back three.
It probably doesn’t help that Traore is playing more advanced than Doherty probably would be Bennett definitely has the shirt for now in my view.
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Well done to Adrian who scored a maximum by predicting a 1-1 draw against Burnley and leads the overall Prediction League table at the end of Gameweek 3.
AgentCyan also got his prediction bang on, while Wokywolf picked up a point by getting the outcome but not the score.
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