Wolves resume their quest for a place in Europe next season as they welcome fellow European hopefuls, Everton to the Molineux this weekend.
The hosts are still outsiders for a Champions League spot, with twelve points still to play for at this stage of the season. Though they emerged from the season’s hiatus on fire, their form in recent games has seen them stutter badly, with two losses on the bounce. They will hope to recapture their initial post-lock-down form, which saw them win three on the bounce without conceding.
Meanwhile, Everton head into this tie on a relatively decent run of form. The Toffees have picked up eight points from the fifteen they have played for since the restart.
They also remain in contention for a top-seven finish this season and will be looking to take home all three points. However, they currently occupy 11th position with 45 points from 34 games. Only a win here will give them a fighting chance for a top-seven or eight finish.
Pedro Neto remains the only injury doubt for Wolves, whereas Carlo Ancelotti has as many as four players on the treatment table. Alex Iwobi and Mason Holgate may be unavailable for this game while Fabian Delph and Jean Philippe Gbamin are long term absentees.
Head to Head
The last five meetings between both sides have seen two draws and two wins for Everton. The reverse fixture at the Goodison Park ended 3:2 in Everton’s favor.
Wolves last five competitive games: LLWWW
Everton last five competitive games: DLWWD
Wolverhampton Wanderers head into this tie without a win and a goal in their last two league games after going unbeaten in the eight games played before that time (W5, D3).
Six of their last home games have seen just one team score, with just two of those matches featuring three or more goals.
Overall, their matches feature one of the lowest goal averages in the league, as only 38% of their games feature over 2.5 goals.
Meanwhile, over 73% of their league goals have come in the second period while they have led at the break in just 14% of their league games.
Everton meanwhile head into the tie sitting outside of the top half of the table. They still have an outside chance of finishing in a Europa League place, but they must pick up all three points here if that will be a possibility.
Since the restart, they have tightened up at the back, conceding 0.6 goals on the average per game against the 1.44 they were conceding before the season was suspended.
Their last nine games away from home have featured just one clean sheet with both teams scoring in six of those games.
Both teams to score/No @ 3/4
Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/7
Wolves to win @ 21/20