Everton vs Wolves Preview & EPL Game Betting Tips: Who Wins Out-Of-Form Clash?

Matheus CunhaTeams that are already struggling at the start of this new Premier League season go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon, as Everton host Wolves (3pm). Can either team improve or will we see more poor performances? This EFC vs WWFC preview, with its betting tips, clarifies.

After staying up thanks to a final-day win last season, the Toffees would have been wanting to start the new campaign on the front foot. A home match first time out provided them with the opportunity to do just that, but try as they might, Sean Dyche’s men failed to make the breakthrough against Fulham on match-day one, before losing by a goal to nil, courtesy of a late goal from their visitors.

Last weekend, they went to Villa Park in search of an improvement, but that was nowhere to be seen as they were trounced, conceding four and scoring none on their way to an embarrassing early-season hammering. Two losses, no goals scored, five goals conceded – it is fair to say that the Toffees need to improve and fast.

Much the same can be said for Saturday’s visitors, who started the season on the wrong foot, losing by a goal to nil at Old Trafford. Their performance wasn’t terrible, and they were certainly the victims of some poor luck, and a poor refereeing decision which cost them a clear and obvious penalty. After losing that first game, Gary O’Neil’s men would have had their sights on an improved result in front of their own fans, but instead, they became a very impressive Brighton’s team’s latest casualty, losing by four goals to one.

Positives to be had

On match-day two, The Toffees were somewhat poor. They offered nowhere near enough resistance, while they struggled to get going offensively. Therefore, we can’t really say that they were unfortunate. They were outplayed all round and deserved to lose. However, on match-day one, it was a different story. In front of their own fans, they created plenty, while they looked quite threatening on the break in the process. On that occasion, they posted an expected-goals-for total of 3.07, which is very high. That tells us that they can create chances. It also tells that they really ought to have scored and perhaps have some end-product deficiencies, though it may be too early to come to such a conclusion.

Unfortunately, even at home, they gave quite a bit away, which doesn’t exactly bode well going forward, but at least Sean Dyche’s men have a relatively positive offensive effort against Fulham to try and build upon now that they are up against similarly down-trodden opposition.

WWFC might fancy their chances too

The hosts, Everton, haven’t exactly impressed over the first two games, so even though they have struggled, the visitors may fancy themselves to get something here. Last time out, Wolves were outclassed by a very strong Brighton team, but perhaps we shouldn’t judge them too harshly for that effort. After all, Everton aren’t quite on Brighton’s level.

Moreover, when they went on the road for the first time this season, this Wolves team was unlucky to lose at Old Trafford. O’Neil’s men created a decent number of chances, posting 2.14 xG, registering 23 shots, so we shouldn’t be surprised if they make their presence felt at Goodison Park.

Visitors on top in this one

In recent times, it is Saturday’s visitors who have enjoyed themselves the most in this fixture. Wolves are now unbeaten in four games against Everton, three of which they have won. When the pair last met, they drew 1-1 at Molineux, though when they last met at Goodison Park, Wolves won by two goals to one.

EFC vs WWFC: Goals on the cards

In the betting, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ stands out at odds of 7/5. Of course, we are talking about two teams who have struggled to score at the start of this campaign, scoring just one goal between them. However, both will surely see this as a huge opportunity, while the fact that both have looked shaky at the back could spark a high-scoring affair.

With new arrival Arnaut Danjuma, who not so long ago was banging them in for Bournemouth, before scoring plenty for Spanish side Villarreal, in their ranks, the Toffees should carry a threat. Dominic Calvert-Lewin appears to be injured again. The visitors also have no shortage of offensive talent, with the likes of Matheus Cunha, Pedro Neto and livewire Fabio Silva, in attack, and this could be just the right sort of game for such players to find their feet.

Let’s be honest, in their opening two games, both Everton and Wolves have given plenty away. The hosts have surrendered five goals, as have the visitors, while Saturday’s home team also come here off the back of conceding xG figures of 1.56 and 3.17. Wolves conceded xG figures of 1.49 and 1.98 in their first two, so it is fair to say that neither have stopped teams from creating.

If we also factor in that the visitors have created expected-goals totals of 1.82 and 2.14 in their two games, add in that the hosts posted an xG-for total of 3.07 in their home game against Fulham, and it is easy to feel that the early market has this one wrong. There may just be a slightly greater chance of this fixture being blessed with goals all round than the early betting with the bookies would have us believe. Therefore, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ offers us a slither of value. So for the betting tips for this Premier League game preview, go with this one: