Everton Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-match analysis
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers speaks to Match Referee, Martin Atkinson at half time as Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 16, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to end the campaign in positive fashion when they travel to Everton in their penultimate game of the season on Wednesday.

The Wanderers currently sit 12th position in the Premier League on 45 points and they will be looking to put their little run of bad form to an end at Goodison Park considering the fact that they have only won once out of the last four games.

Nuno Espirito Santo's outfit will be facing an Everton team that are still fighting for a spot in Europe next season but the fact that they have only won two out of their last ten league games will provide Wolves with a confidence boost ahead of their trip to Merseyside. 

Response needed for lacklustre performance at Spurs

Last time out Tottenham Hotspur recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Wanderers thanks to strikes by Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

It was a performance that would have disappointed Santo in particular with the goals that were conceded as they were both easily avoidable as it appeared the Portuguese's side had switched off.

When talking about the goals that Wolves conceded after the game, Nuno said: "On the moment that we concede, we were missing discipline, we were missing organization and we were missing being aggressive to solve a simple situation.

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Then when going forward, the visitors were missing that creative spark and edge that would cause the Lilywhites defence with too many problems with Wolves' best opening coming from a scuffed shot by Fabio Silva in the second period.

Going into the Everton game, the Wanderers will have to ensure that silly defensive mistakes are kept to a minimum due to the attacking quality that the Toffees have under their ranks, it is likely that Wolves would pay for it.

When finding space in the attacking third, they will have to make sure that the likes of Adama Traore and Daniel Podence make the right decision in terms of their final ball in order to give either  Fabio Silva or Willian Jose the best chance of giving Jordan Pickford something to think about.

Right time for Boly to feature

Defender Willy Boly returned to the squad on Sunday after recovering from long covid and he will be one who will be in contention for a starting spot tomorrow night.

The Ivory Coast international has been a regular starter for the club since his arrival in 2017 and is a member of the squad that can be relied upon.

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He will certainly be in Nuno's thoughts ahead of the visit to Goodison Park and he could be seen to be included alongside Conor Coady in the place of Romain Saiss as the 44-year-old looks to set out his side with a four at the back system on a consistent basis.

With this being the case, this would ensure that Wolves have more defensive reliability making it more likely that the mistakes that they make in their defensive third are kept to the bare minimum, increasing the chances of them coming away from Merseyside with a positive result.

Toffees European dream slipping away

Carlo Ancelotti's outfit are currently positioned in eighth place and with two games remaining they are three points adrift of both a Europa League spot and Europa Conference League qualification.

At one point, Everton looked in a strong position to qualify for European football next season but only two wins since the start of March has made this scenario appear unlikely.

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If they are to earn qualification into Europe for the 2021/22 campaign, it is imperative that they pick up three points against Wolves as well as winning on the last day of the season at Manchester City and hope that either Spurs or West Ham United drop points in their last two games.

If they do not end securing a spot in Europe next season, the club will see it as a missed opportunity and will certainly rue some of the recent dropped points in particular the defeat to relegated Sheffield United at the weekend.

 

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