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  • 19 November 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 33953
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Everton - Wolves Preview: David Moyes' team hope to kick-start season against struggling Wanderers

Mick McCarthy's side, buoyed by a recent victory over relegation rivals Wigan Athletic, face a Blues outfit who have endured a poor Premier League campaign thus far


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Coleman, Cahill, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
Saha

WOLVES

Hennessey
Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Edwards, Henry, O'Hara Jarvis
Doyle, Fletcher


Everton’s Phil Jagielka is expected to receive an injection in order to play with the toe injury that kept him out of the England squad to face Sweden. Captain Phil Neville may well drop to the bench in order to allow the Blues to field a lineup full of attacking talent against a side they would hope to beat.

Mick McCarthy could choose to stick with the tactics that served the visitors so well in a 3-1 victory over Wigan last time out.The half-time tweak of bringing on Matt Jarvis increased Wolves’ midfield potency hugely and may have earned the Englishman a starting berth.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • This fixture will mark just the seventh time these sides have faced each other in the Premier League.
  • Of their previous encounters, Everton have won two, Wolves one and four have ended in draws.
  • If Everton forward Louis Saha finds the back of the net against Wolves it will mark his 83rd Premier League strike, surpassing former Blues frontman Kevin Campbell.
  • Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has never tasted Premier League success over Everton in six attempts.
  • Each manager could register their 171st career draw with a stalemate here.


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Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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It has been an unusually quiet season so far for the Australian midfielder, who has registered just one goal, scored way back in August on international duty.

Only an unwise man would expect the diminutive attacker’s drought to continue much longer and we could well see the return of that familiar flag-boxing celebration on Saturday.

J. O'Hara

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Somewhat unloved at Tottenham and struggling to fully realise his potential at Portsmouth, the Englishman seems to have found a home in the Black Country.

He goes into the match bang in form, having notched three times in four games, and will hope to continue that run at Goodison Park.

Editor's Prediction

Wolves come into the game buoyed by their victory over Wigan in a match billed as an early relegation decider.

However, that win was their first in the Premier League since the second fixture of the season and indicates the difficulty of the task facing Mick McCarthy.

Their opponents may sit just one place above the relegation zone but they have faced a remarkably tough opening to the season.

Things should start to get better for Everton given the run of fixtures facing them, and David Moyes’ side could just kick that off here with a comfortable victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wins
2
3
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Wolverhampton Wanderers
65%
19%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
Everton FC EVE
1 - 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL

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