Free betting tips and match preview for Premier League clash between Everton and Wolves

Our match preview and best bets for Everton v Wolves
Our match preview and best bets for Everton v Wolves

The first game on Sunday sees Everton welcome Wolves to Goodison Park. Tom Carnduff is looking at two players to be booked.


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1pt Bernard to be shown a card at 13/2

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Wolves' Europa League involvement may have had an impact on their Premier League form, although Nuno Espirito Santo's men are still unbeaten.

They have three draws to their name and will have to continue to manage their squad given the quick turnaround between games. A group of Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava also gives them a great chance of progression.

Everton know all about the Europa League given their campaign in 2017/18. That said, it didn't pose too many problems to their domestic form as they were out at the group stage and would go onto finish eighth.

Moving on to this season and the Toffees have found goals hard to come by. They've managed to hit the net just once in their opening three games, but saying that, Wolves' tally of just two doesn't put them in a much better position.

In fairness, Everton did manage to hit four past Lincoln in the Carabao Cup in midweek. While it was against lower league opposition it does at least give them that scoring feeling again.

The low-scoring start to the season, combined with Wolves' game in Europe on Thursday night, should mean we see a tight, potentially scrappy affair at Goodison Park.

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That could bring cards into the equation, which is the best avenue to explore in this contest. The referee appointment should also mean we see a few dished out on Sunday.

Anthony Taylor has officiated four games this season, three in the Premier League and one Champions League qualifier, and has handed out a huge 19 yellows and one red so far.

40+ booking points is available at 4/5, highlighting how more cards are fancied when these two sides meet.

That means there is value in backing individual players to be booked. The eye-catching one is Bernard, with the wide man already having one yellow this season.

He sits in joint-sixth when it comes to fouls committed in the Premier League this season,and he's joined on the same number by Everton left-back Lucas Digne.

Both players are available at good prices to be shown a card here. Bernard at 13/2 while Digne can be backed at 5/1; two worth taking given the contest.

Score prediction: Everton 1-1 Wolves (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)

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Bernard (left) celebrates his goal against Watford
Bernard (left) celebrates his goal against Watford

Opta facts

  • Everton lost against Wolves at Goodison Park last season in the Premier League – they are looking to avoid losing back-to-back home league games against Wolves for the first time since 1960.
  • Wolves are looking for back-to-back top-flight victories over Everton for the first time since September 1979.
  • Wolves have drawn their first three games of a league season for only the second time in their history, alongside the 1938-39 campaign (drew first 4 games).
  • Everton have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six Premier League home games, last recording a longer consecutive run of shutouts at Goodison Park between March-September 2013 (a run of seven).
  • Everton’s three Premier League games this season have seen a league-low three goals scored, with the Toffees having the joint-worst attack (1 goal) and the joint-best defence (2 goals conceded) in the competition.
  • Wolves are just the fourth different team to play none of their opening four games to a Premier League campaign on a Saturday, after Liverpool (1992-93 and 2010-11), Manchester United (2007-08 and 2018-19) and Burnley (2018-19).
  • Since the start of last season, no side has gained more points from losing positions in the Premier League than Wolves (16, level with Liverpool). Wolves have come from behind to salvage a point in their last two Premier League matches.
  • Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has faced Marco Silva away from home three times previously in league football – twice in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and once in the Premier League – and won all three games.
  • Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has completed 90 minutes in all 110 of his Premier League appearances. If he completes the 90 in this match, he’ll jointly hold the record for most Premier League games while playing the full 90 minutes in every one (level with Ali Al Habsi on 111).
  • Wolves’ Raúl Jiménez has scored five goals in his four away games in all competitions this season, though all of those strikes have been in Europa League Qualifying.

Odds correct at 1340 BST (30/08/19)

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