Following last weekend’s opening day victory over Stoke, Wolves will head to Goodison Park high on confidence and feeling they have every chance of picking up another positive result.
By contrast, the Toffees lost their first game to Blackburn thanks to a massive clanger from Tim Howard. They’ll be keen to turn things around quickly and put in a solid performance in front of their own fans.
Wolves came within a whisker of winning this fixture last season, so David Moyes won’t be underestimating the boys in old gold. That being said, there’s a lot of quality in the Everton side so they’ll rightly feel they’re favourites to edge this one.
Tim Cahill is one player we’ll need to guard against, particularly from set pieces, and he knows his side are in for a scrap if they’re to emerge with anything come Saturday. “All Mick McCarthy’s teams are well drilled and fight very hard and they have a bit of flair as well. We have to make sure we are firing on all cylinders and ensure that as a squad we are ready for a good Wolves outfit.”
It will be interesting to see how Mick sets his stall out and whether or not key players such as Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher are fit enough to feature from the start.
Assuming everyone is fit, I believe Wolves will field the same side as last weekend, with Fletcher and SEB once again leading the line, but with the possibility that one of those players can be shifted out wide to adopt more of a 4-5-1 shape.
So that’s a team of:
I also hope to see Kevin Doyle feature at some point. He of course scored in this fixture last season and was a thorn in their side in both matches. When he returns to full fitness, he’s an automatic first choice in my book.
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Not that I’m showing off or anything, but I correctly predicted a 2-1 victory for Wolves last weekend. Well done also to Ben, Sam 2.0, New kid on the blog, Jub, Ezz and Rich for getting it spot on.
This week, I fancy a score draw so I’ll go for the same result as last season – 1-1.
If you’re going to the game, have a great time and roar the lads on.
Up The Wolves.