Betting preview: Toffees look to bounce back against in-form Wolves

Monday Night Football this week sees Wolves meet Everton - two sides travelling in very different directions.

After a poor start to life under Bruno Lage, Wolves have won three of their last four. That's in contrast to Everton, whose good opening month feels a long time ago following back-to-back defeats, the last of which was an embarrassing 5-2 loss to lowly Watford.

Given his alleigances to Liverpool, it only seemed a matter of time until the heat was turned up on Rafa Benitez, and he'll be desperate to halt the slide here. However to do so, he'll have to cope without both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

When: Monday, November 1, 8pm GMT

Where: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

How to watch: Live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event

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Best bets for Wolves vs Everton

Half-time score to be 0-0 at 8/5

Richarlison to score a header at 12/1

Total goals under 2.5 at 8/13

The Benitez honeymoon, if you could ever call it that, looks well and truly over at Everton following last week's shocking 5-2 home defeat to Watford, a team who had lost 5-0 the week before to their rivals Liverpool.

The Spanish manager will be hoping for a similar result turnaround from his side here but they remain dogged by injury problems with Calvert-Lewin and Doucoure both big misses.

Richarlison looks likely to be moved into a centre-forward role given the struggles of Salomon Rondon, while teenager Tyler Onyango has been touted as a possible starter in a bid to replace Doucoure's box-to-box midfield presence.

Things look much rosier for Wolves, who coped well without Marcal at Leeds last week, if anything it allowed Rayan Ait-Nouri to shine. He could keep his place here.

Wolves remain without one of their biggest stars, Pedro Neto, but at least Ruben Neves appears to be fit again having limped off last weekend.

If you don't fancy any of our selections, we've also boosted the price on a draw and both teams to score. Visit Planet Sport Bet to have a punt.

Last three meetings between Wolves and Everton

Wolves, Everton, Neves, Calvert-Lewin, Premier League

Everton 1-0 Wolves (May 19, 2021)

In what turned out to be Carlo Ancelotti's last home game in charge, Everton ended their worst-ever home campaign on a high.

The match was decided by a Richarlison header early in the second half - the second header he'sscored against Wolves.

Wolves 1-2 Everton (January 12, 2021)

Everton's last trip to Molineux saw them victorious in a game they went into without the services of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will again be missing for this season's renewal.

Alex Iwobi put the visitors ahead early on - the Nigerian's last two Premier League goals have both come against Wolves - only for Ruben Neves to respond soon after.

A tight game was won by Michael Keane's 77th-minute header.

Wolves 3-0 Everton (July 12, 2020)

Wolves dominated this encounter as Everton produced a miserable display.

Raul Jimenez's penalty just before half time rewarded the hosts' first-half dominance and when Leander Dendoncker doubled the lead just after the interval, the game was all-but done.

Diogo Jota put the seal on victory 16 minutes from time but Everton had rarely looked like getting back in the game.

Last 10 meetings

Wolves wins: 2

Draws: 3

Everton wins: 5

Wolves goals: 13

Everton goals: 15

Form suggests a Wolves win but price looks unappealing

Wolves, Leeds United, Premier League

The form is all with Wolves.

They've taken 10 points from the last 12 available, while Everton are now on a run of one win in their last six across all competitions - and that was against woeful Norwich.

Yet 6/5 for a home win hardly sets the pulse racing.

Bruno Lage's men have largely struggled for goals, scoring 2+ in only three of their nine matches so far, and their recent victories haven't exactly been convincing.

They trailed 2-0 at Villa, who should never have let them back into that contest, before winning with a deflected goal in the last minute.

They also edged a tight game with Southampton thanks to a great solo goal, while last time out at Molineux they beat a Newcastle side by the odd goal but the visitors were left ruing missed opportunities.

Rafa Benitez will expect a response after Everton's capitulation against Watford and you can bet your bottom dollar that he's been focusing on defensive duties in recent days.

He's a manager who's prided himself on making his teams hard to beat so I'd expect them to try to keep things tight early on. The return of Yerry Mina will certainly help on that front.

With the likes of Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray having impressed in wide areas, they look well set up to potentially take advantage of Wolves' wing-back system - Everton do have pace in their side these days and if Wolves' wide men push forward too readily, they could be caught on the counter down the flanks.

Everton are 9/4 to make it three straight wins over Wolves.

The issue is, how much trust can you place in them after last week's result?

All in all, the draw is perhaps the bet which makes most appeal in the outright market at 9/4, although it is worth looking to the sub-markets for better value.

Goalscorer bets and others for Wolves vs Everton

Richarlison, Everton, Premier League

Wolves have long-term problems when it comes to scoring early - they've managed to find the net before half-time in just 12 of their 47 Premier League games since the start of last season.

With Everton in desperate need to shore things up at the back after shipping five last week, it's not hard to see a tight, dreary first half.

You can get 8/5 for a 0-0 HT scoreline - something which has occurred four times in Wolves' nine games so far, plus three of Everton's.

A little more out there, Richarlison to score a header at 12/1 looks tempting, especially considering his record of headed goals against Monday's opponent.

Last week's headed goal against Watford was his 11th in the Premier League and just over 25% of his goals in the competition have come via his head.

With Salomon Rondon having disappointed in his starts since replacing the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin, there's every chance the Brazilian will move inside to play centre-forward here and if that's the case, he's likely to get plenty of crosses into the box from which to feed off.

Benitez has set his side up with plenty of width and the aim of delivering crosses into the box.

Richarlison has proven aerial ability and with DCL out, is certainly Everton's most likely scorer.

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