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Everton host Wolves on Saturday afternoon, in a fixture that’s expected to be highly contested as both teams hope to claim their first wins of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.
Both side’s are without any points so far, with their season’s opening with two defeats and just one goal scored between them.
Everton vs Wolves predicted lineups and news
It should be an evenly contested affair at Goodison Park, with both sides still recovering from the threats of relegation throughout the 2022/23 campaign. Wolves were forced into a prompt managerial change just five days prior to their season opener at Old Trafford, and are understandably still finding their feet under Gary O’Neil.
Under Julen Lopetegui last season, the Old Gold got the better of the Toffee’s at Goodison in December, winning 2-1 in a last-gasp winner from Rayan Ait-Nouri. The return fixture at Molineux ended in a crucial draw for Everton at Molineux, as they cherished every point in their journey to confirming survival on the final day.
Kick off will be at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon, with the game not selected to be televised.
Team news: Everton
Sean Dyche’s side opened their season with a disappointing defeat at home to Fulham, followed by an even bigger disappointment against Aston Villa last weekend. The Toffee’s were left shaken at Villa Park, losing 4-0 to Unai Emery’s potent side who dismantled any plans Dyche took into the game prior to kick off.
During the fixture, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi were both forced to withdraw, with the Englishman suffering a cheekbone fracture following a collision with Emiliano Martinez, and the Nigerian nursing a hamstring injury.
Calvert Lewin on Instagram pic.twitter.com/IjL6S9jjE7
— GrandOldTeam (@grandoldteam) August 20, 2023
Everton remain without Dele Alli, Seamus Coleman, Jack Harrison and Dwight McNeil, with Andre Gomes and Youssef Chermiti set to have their fitness revisited closer to the game.
Everton predicted lineup
Pickford; Patterson, Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Gueye; Garner, Doucoure, Onana, Danjuma; Maupay
Team news: Wolves
O’Neil was thrown in at the deep end in his first game in charge, as his side put up a fight against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their season opener. It ended controversially for the Midlands side, who threatened Erik ten Hag’s side and were denied a penalty in the dying moments.
All the good work against United was undone against Brighton last week, where they suffered a 4-1 loss at home to the Seagulls in a punishing 90 minutes.
There are no injuries to report for Wolves, with the only doubt being Matheus Nunes who has been subject to a transfer this week.
🗣 “We rejected the bid because we didn’t feel it met our valuation of what Matheus is worth to us ❌
Wolves head coach Gary O’Neil discusses Manchester City’s rejected bid for midfielder Matheus Nunes 💬 pic.twitter.com/wr3BThN56P
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 25, 2023
After scoring off the bench Hwang Hee-Chan will be in with a shout to start ahead of Fabio Silva, with Pablo Sarabia expected to come in for Nunes.
Wolves predicted lineup
Sa; Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait-Nouri; Sarabia, Gomes, Lemina, Neto; Cunha, Hwang
Will Matheus Nunes play today?
It’s unclear as to whether O’Neil will include Nunes in his squad, with the Portuguese midfielder’s head clearly elsewhere as Manchester City continue to battle for his signature.
Wolves have reportedly turned down an opening bid of £47m for the 24-year-old, who only joined the club last summer from Sporting Lisbon.
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