We’re into the second month of the new Premier League season as September’s schedule opens with two games. Both Everton v Wolves and Arsenal v Tottenham will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday show and armchair fans are guaranteed their fair share of excitement.
The programme begins at Goodison Park where Everton host a plucky Wolverhampton Wanderers side who have already proven they will be no pushovers this season. The visitors won’t start too many matches as betting favourites with the top bookmakers, but they should never be taken lightly.
It comes as no surprise to see traders side with the locals and they have priced Everton at no better than Unibet’s 6/5 to claim all three points. That’s tight in what should be a competitive contest but it’s a more generous quote than the 11/10 which is generally available. Fancy the upset? There will be more than a few value hunters sniffing around the 11/4 (Bet Victor) for a Wolves win and there’s lots to like about the 47/20 at 888Sport about a draw.
TOFFEES HAVE FAILED TO CONVINCE
Everton have blown hot and cold in the opening few weeks of the new season and they set-up for this match with their formbook showing an unconvincing one win, one draw and a defeat. They got off the mark with a disappointing goalless draw in London against Crystal Palace but were able to build on that to beat Watford at this venue next time out. Bernard scored the only goal of the game that afternoon, bulging the net on 10 minutes, gifting his employers a deserved three points.
Fans expected Everton to claim another victory when visiting Villa Park last weekend, but that one didn’t follow the script.
Aston Villa are playing with confidence since returning to the top-flight and they battled their way to the points in front of their own fans. Wesley scored on 21 minutes and that advantage doubled when El Ghazi put the game to bed deep into stoppage time. Toffees boss Marco Silva blamed a host of missed opportunities for his side leaving empty handed.
WANDERERS FIGHTING ON BOTH FRONTS
Wolves are three places lower in the division than their opponents going into the round, having picked up one point fewer in their first three games. Having said that, they are unbeaten to date and would love to keep it that way at the end of this challenge. Wanderers have played three and drawn three so far. It may be very early in the campaign, but we can already see they are going to be a difficult team to break down, packing the defence and giving nothing away cheaply.
They certainly can’t be blamed for that approach as drawing matches and avoiding defeats is a sure-fire way to avoid relegation and remain in the Premier League for another season. The visitors held Leicester City to an opening day draw at the King Power, leaving with a 0-0, before scrapping to a two-goal share with Manchester United. They were last seen at home ending 1-1 with Burnley and the latter raised the question, can Wolves cope with Europa League and Premier League football? If they progress on the continent it will surely come at the expense of points in England.
EXPECT GOALS ON SUNDAY
These sides played twice last season and it’s worth remembering both games gave us plenty of goals. The pair played out a 2-2 draw at Molineux Stadium in August before Wolves battered their opponents in the return at Goodison Park, winning 3-1 on the road. Both teams have found the net in three of the last four games involving these sides and you can back more of the same at 10/11 with Ladbrokes. A price that’ll work best in weekend accumulators.
Those after a bigger return can take more of a chance and play the both to score and result market. Try your luck on a scoring draw which will be paid out at 15/4 – top price at bet365 – if this renewal falls into line with the trends. That can be put to good use as a super single and it makes sense on the back of Wolves’ run of level finishes.
MATCH FACTSMATCH FACTS
- Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in six starts in all competitions this season
- Everton have lost only three league games in their past 14 starts
- Wolves have drawn each of their first three Premier League starts this season