Two struggling sides face off at Goodison Park as Everton and Wolves battle for a vital three points in their fights to get the season going.
The Toffees will give an injection to defender Phil Jagielka in a bid to make him available after his broken toe. Jagielka impressed on international duty with England and will be looking to change Everton fortunes after a poor performance saw them lose 2-1 to the unbeaten Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini signed a new five year deal this week and should start against Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side.
Wolves won a big relegation fixture with Wigan before the international break and McCarthy has had the luxury of most of his squad available for training. That 3-1 victory raised spirits at Molineux and a win away at Goodison Park could silence some of the doubters criticising the Wolves manager. McCarthy has a fully-fit squad to pick from and is confident of victory.
Everton have not started their season so far, but have certain aspects of quality in midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Louis Saha to worry the Old Gold of Wolves. The Toffees should win this one marginally.