Wolves will travel to the blue half of Merseyside this weekend as they look to build on back to back victories in November following their recent trouncing of rock bottom Wigan by 3-1.
Wolves will be hoping to build on this peak in form following a dismal start to their Premier League Campaign which saw them fail to record a single victory in the months of September and October.
Standing in their way is an Everton side who are struggling with their own form of late following a horrendous run of games in which they suffered five defeats from six games.
Although the run of matches saw the Toffees take on a host of Premier League heavyweights, including Manchester United and Chelsea, this is unlikey to soften the blow for the Everton side who are now hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone in 17th position.
Having previously suffered defeats at the hands of Chelsea (3-1), Liverpool (0-2), Man City (2-0) and Man Utd (0-1, Everton will relish the chance to put some much needed points on the board against a Wolves side who have won only one in their last eight Premier League meetings.
Wolves last beat Everton on Merseyside in 1979 however, the Toffees have failed to get the better of Wolves in each of the two previous Goodison meetings, though they did enjoy a 3-0 victory over Mick McCarthy’s charges at the Molineux last April.
Despite suffering defeat, Everton will take heart from their battling display in their last outing against Manchester United before the International break and David Moyles will be hoping that this will inject some much need confidence and vigour into his side.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is hopeful of having top scorer Steve Fletcher available for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park. The striker had been suffering with a calf problem but returned to first-team training earlier this month and is now primed for his first start in over a month.
The return of Fletcher is a massive boost for Wanderers, who have found goals scarce to come by in his absence. Before their 3-1 victory over Wigan, with goals coming from David Edwards, Stephen Ward and Jamie O’Hara, Wolves had conjured just five goals in an eight-game run that contained six defeats.
For their own part, Everton will be looking to the recently capped England Internationals Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines for some scoring inspiration with goals proving especially dificult to come by for the Toffees who are without the injury prone Louis Saha.
David Moyes will take heart from the news that attacking pair Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill are once again available for selection.
Fellaini sat out the Toffees’ last game, a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, due to suspension, while Cahill has not started a league match in over a month and was omitted from Australia’s squad to face Thailand and Oman due to a persistent ankle injury.
Phil Jagielka played in England’s 1-0 win over Spain with a pain killing injection to numb a broken toe and should be fit to face Wolves.
Given their superior form in recent meetings, Everton will be expected to get the better of Mick McCarthy’s charges on Saturday and Betfair has them 1.65 on to get the victory.
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