Wolves vs EvertonEnglish Premier League, KO: 12:00 Jul 12, 2020, Molineux
WOLVES hopes of securing European football next season have suffered a serious dent and they will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they meet Everton at Molineux on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side took maximum points from each of their first three league fixtures after the resumption before suffering back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Sheffield United respectively.
Consequently, the Old Gold's hopes of a top-four finish have gone up in smoke and they now lie sixth in the table with a mere three point buffer over the four sides directly below them.
Standing in Wolves way of a much-needed shot in the arm on Sunday is an Everton outfit who have blown hot and cold since the restart.
The Toffees were toppled by Tottenham last Monday night before playing out a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on Thursday evening.
Consequently, the Blues will make the trip to the Black Country with little to play for now that a push for a European berth is looking improbable.
Everton have fallen to defeat in three of their last four top-flight road trips and a Toffees triumph on Sunday is trading at 3/1 with Betfred.
I cashed in on referee Anthony Taylor's high card count when Watford met Norwich in midweek and that line of thought has lured me towards the card markets at Molineux on Sunday.
Indeed, these two teams sit eighth and seventeenth in the disciplinary standings respectively, however, I'm expecting a closely-fought contest here and that coupled with the fact that Taylor has that whistle has me attracted to the 17/10 on offer with William Hill for both teams to collect 20+ booking points.
Taking this approach would have banked profit in both of the Toffees last two fixtures and it has also clicked during the last two matches that Taylor has taken charge of, not to mention Sunday's match official is averaging just over four cards per game this term.
When it comes to considering which individuals could have their name taken it won't come as a surprise that I will be looking towards the left side of Everton's defence.
An eye-watering number of left-backs have been booked this season when directly faced with Wolves winger Adama Traore and Everton's Lucas Digne 13/2 (Bet 365) looks overpriced for a caution on Sunday should the Frenchman be given the thankless task of trying to shackle the Molineux flying-machine.
In considering who will come out on top in this Sunday lunchtime clash I suspect that this will be a lot closer than what the betting suggests.
Wolves appear to be having a bit of a wobble and Santo's side have performed better away from home this season but on the flip side Evetron's points return on the road of 15 from a possible 51 makes the Toffees difficult to trust.
Having said that, the Merseysiders have shown some notable signs of improvement under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti and the Blues have made the net bulge in five of their seven top-flight away days with the Italian at the helm.
With that in mind an Everton goal at 8/13 (Bet 365) looks generous, however, I'm instead going to make use of Bet 365's Bet Builder feature to combine an Everton strike alongside at least one Everton card to nudge the price up to 5/6 (Bet 365) – a combination that has clicked in three of the Toffees last four outings.
This English Premier League match between Wolves and Everton will be played on Jul 12, 2020 and kick off at 12:00. Check below for our tipsters best Wolves vs Everton prediction.