Everton vs Wolves: Can Toffees stay in Europa League hunt?

Everton host Wolves on Wednesday, and their need for three points feels a lot greater than that of their visitors.

When: Wednesday May 19, 18:00 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best Bets

Richarlison to score and Everton to win at 9/2 (Sky Bet)

Everton to win 2-0 at 8/1 (Bet365)

Fabio Silva to score anytime at 3/1 (William Hill)

Everton will attempt to push forward their Europa League hopes when they take on Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Everton currently sit in eighth spot in the table, although Leicester winning the FA Cup will open-up Europa League spots further down the table should the Foxes qualify for the Champions League.

Wolves, meanwhile, are somewhat rooted in mid-table and look to have little to motivate them, but there are far worse positions to be in.

Last Three meetings

Wolves 1-2 Everton (January 12, 2021)

It was a frantic start at Molineux when these two sides met earlier in the season, although it was settled late on.

Alex Iwobi fired the Toffees ahead inside six minutes, although Ruben Neves had the hosts level just eight minutes later.

Wolves went into the game without a win in four, and they pushed hard to end than run. However, it was Everton who pinched it with Michael Keane nabbing the late winner.

Wolves 3-0 Everton (July 12 2020)

This one went very much according to plan as far as Wolves were concerned, and they recorded their biggest win over Everton since 1983.

The stage was set on the stroke of half-time, when Raul Jimenez fired home a penalty to give the hosts a lead.

Things got even better for Wolves immediately after the break too, with Leander Dendoncker doubling their advantage.

Diogo Jota added some gloss to the result late in the game.

Everton 3-2 Wolves (September 1, 2019)

Goals were certainly not in short supply when the teams last met at Goodison Park, and neither was late drama.

Again, the match got off to a frantic start with Richarlison's fifth-minute goal cancelled out by Romain Saiss four minutes later. Iwobi almost immediately restored the Toffees' lead though.

That's how it remained until the 75th-minute when Jimenez looked to have grabbed a point for Wolves.

However, Richarlison had other ideas, and he bagged what turned out to be the winner.

Premier League head-to-head

Everton wins: 5

Draws: 5

Wolves wins: 3

Everton goals: 18

Wolves goals: 16

Toffees struggling to stick

Everton are arguably one of the toughest teams in the Premier League to get a handle on this season.

They appear to have everything you'd want in terms of a proven high-quality manager, plenty of quality players, and an owner happy to bankroll some eye-catching transfers.

However, that has not transferred onto the pitch as often as Everton fans would like to see, and Carlo Ancelotti has found it difficult to string a run of results together.

They have won just twice - both away from home - in their last ten matches, and even lost to rock-bottom Sheffield United last time out.

However, recent wins against Arsenal and West Ham show how capable they care of picking up a big result when needed.

What next for Wolves?

Wolves have had a decent season, although it does feel like it is slowing to something of a halt now.

This season has been one of consolidation following their rapid rise to the top half of the Premier League, and that is not always a bad thing.

Last time out against Tottenham they produced a bit of a powder-puff performance, but three wins in the five matches before that demonstrated they are still very much a danger to anyone.

Goalscorer bets

Richarlison header earns Everton third straight win at West Brom
Richarlison header earns Everton third straight win at West Brom

Everton have a couple of players who have enjoyed success before against Wolves in Richarlison and Iwobi, so they could be good names to back in this one.

Richarlison scored the winning goal in this very fixture last season, and you can back him at 9/2 with Bet365 to do the same again.

Iwobi, meanwhile, has scored in two of Everton's last three matches against Wolves, and is 7/2 to score anytime.

Wolves had struggled to find the net this season compared to last, which is understandable after losing Diogo Jota to Liverpool and Raul Jimenez to injury.

Portuguese youngster Fabio Silva has been asked to shoulder that responsibility and he is 13/2 to score the first goal with Bet365 or 3/1 to score anytime with William Hill.

If the game becomes stretched late on then Adama Traore could be the man to benefit. Back him at 12/1 to score the last goal of the game.

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