The Toffees travel to the Molineux stadium this weekend, where they will look to defeat an in-form Wolves side. Everton suffered a 1-0 home defeat in their most recent meeting earlier this season, and they haven’t beat Wolves since 2021.
Gary O’Neil has done an excellent job at Wolves this season, and his side currently sits in 11th after 19 matches. The main reason for this success has been their ability to consistently score, as highlighted by the fact they’ve only failed to score twice all season. They are slightly shaky defensively, however, conceding 1.63 goals per game on average.
Last time out, the Wanderers’ swept Brentford aside, as they won 4-1 on the road. Wolves came out flying and were 2-0 up within fifteen minutes, yet the Bees responded instantly. However, by the half-hour mark, Hee-Chan Hwang netted his second goal of the game, restoring the two-goal lead. The fourth was added ten minutes from time. This was the second brilliant result in a matter of days, as they beat Chelsea 2-1 on Christmas Eve.
Sean Dyche’s side had won all of their last three Premier League games before losing to Spurs and Man City, but they will take confidence from the fact they held their own for large spells in both games. Furthermore, if Everton didn’t receive a -10 point deduction, they would be tenth with 26 points, however, they find themselves in 17th, one point above the drop zone.
The Toffees have only scored 1.26 goals per game this season on average, with most of their points being claimed via solid defending. Everton have conceded just 1.32 goals per game on average, which is the joint fourth-best record in the league. However, Jordan Pickford failed to go clear in the clean sheet ranking last time out, as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to City. The hosts took the lead but succumbed to the quality and pressure of the visitors.
Wolves have only lost twice at home all season, but they are unbeaten in their last seven home games. The Toffees are also strong on the road, and they have the fifth-best away record, winning five of their nine games. This game will be tight, with both clubs full of confidence. It’s difficult to see either side losing, so a draw is likely.
The final prediction is Wolves 1-1 Everton.