Our live stream ahead of Tuesday’s nights Premier League match, Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton is now up, kicking off at 20.15 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Wolves come into the game having beat Crystal Palace last time out to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Adama Traore’s thunderous effort proved decisive against Palace as Nuno’s side booked their spot in the next round of the FA Cup on Friday evening.
The West Midlands outfit ended a four-game losing streak across all competitions with that slender victory on their own turf, and Nuno will be desperate to see that momentum continue on Tuesday as the hosts aim to arrest a worrying slump.
The absence of Raul Jimenez is well and truly felt at Molineux, with his stand-in Fabio Silva failing to make a name for himself in the English game, and Nuno has called on the youthful Portuguese attacker to be more clinical as he finds his spot under threat from the returning Patrick Cutrone.
Everton also progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a one-goal victory, but the Goodison Park faithful would have been expecting a much more dominant display from their side against Rotherham on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti rang the changes as expected, but the Toffees could not get the better of their Championship opponents over 90 minutes as Matt Olosunde cancelled out Cenk Tosun’s opener.
Tosun then thought he had struck the winner before it was ruled out after a VAR review, but Abdoulaye Doucoure bagged the decisive goal in the 93rd minute to ensure that Everton would be in the hat for the fourth-round draw.
The Toffees’ narrow win over Rotherham follows an equally slender victory over Sheffield United and defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League, so Everton supporters may not be looking ahead to this tie with a great deal of optimism as they occupy seventh spot in the table, although they have witnessed their team win four of their last five in the top flight.
Wolves and Everton last met in July with Wolves brushing aside the Toffees 3-0 at the Molineux…
Nuno Espirito Santo
On injuries being a challenge
“For sure it is. We had seasons before, I think in the first season of the Premier League, we made the same starting 11 ten times I think, so that reflects a lot on where we were before.
“Now is a different situation, but we are ready for it. It’s always demanding, for all the situations that are around us, and this particular year is very demanding for everybody.”
On seeing Dendoncker return against Palace
“He’s very valuable, since the beginning. He’s a top player and gives us many things, talented, the distances and the spaces that he can fulfil in the pitch are very important for us. I’m very happy.”
“We have Boly out, we have Marcal out, we have problems, and we will try to find solutions for them. Jonny is improving, he’s doing very well, but he still has time to rejoin us again.”
“It’s very good to have Raul [Jimenez] around. It’s very good to see him improve. It’s very nice to see him smile and already doing some exercising in the gym and having the positive thought that he’s going to continue and rejoin us.”
“This is what pleases me and everybody around the club more, that we’re going to have Raul back.”
On possibility of season being paused
“We’re very concerned in the situation we are living as a society, that we cannot go back to living in a normal situation. The virus and the pandemic is affecting a lot, the increase of cases is growing in a scary way, but this is what is my main concern.
“With regards to football, I think things have changed. Almost a year ago, we were stopping because we didn’t know what was happening, the virus was something that we had never experienced, we didn’t know what it could cause, so it put a lot of doubts.
“Now, after the restart, I think everybody made a real effort to go again in football, but now things have changed and we start thinking about stopping again. I don’t know for sure what is better, what I think and what I’m afraid of is if the decision is to stop, the football as we know now, will not be the same.
“This is my biggest fear, because the schedule will go crazy, it will be impossible to even finish the league and think about the Euros. What I feel is that if we stop, everything will change. It’s a tough decision to make.”
On knock on effect of pausing football
“If you start thinking about the time frame you have until the end of the season and then you engage with the Euros, it’s impossible.
“That was the consideration when we stopped the first time. We identified that the time that we stopped and time required for the preparation after is equal.”
“If you stop for X amount of weeks, you need X amount of weeks before you restart. If we repeat the same stoppage time as we did before, then it would be impossible.”
On difficult decisions to be made
“For everybody involved in the game, it’s been very hard, very difficult to plan, always with the fear that you prepare for the match, then you wait on the result of the tests.
“All of us has a moral obligation to do our best to keep on going. That doesn’t say that we are insensitive to the things that are happening around us, it says that I think this spirit is required in these moments.
“Maybe it’s the right moment to get together and hear all the voices, all the opinions, getting all the feelings from everybody; especially the players, how are they dealing, the doubts that they have, the fears, so we can make the right decisions, like everyone always did in English football.
“All the decisions were made with common sense and all the parts involved, so this is what I expect now, sooner rather than later, a proper meeting with all the sectors of the game involved.”
On upcoming fixtures…
“The next games are really important if we want to stay in that position [among the Premier League frontrunners],”
“We are going to play away games against tough teams, we need to get results to stay in that position.”
“It will be difficult, we have players out – but we have the squad to manage these kinds of games.”
“Without an important player like Dominic, we have to be able to replace him in a different way.”
“A player with different characteristics will play and we have to adapt for this.
“We will be less dangerous on crosses, for sure, but maybe we can be more dangerous on the final pass.
“We don’t have a good memory of the last game we played there – it was one of the worst games we played.
“But now we have more consistency and knowledge.
“Defensively, we are better compared with six months ago and I hope we can show that on Tuesday.”
“James has to train properly, as he did in the past week, and he has to play.
“He is used to keeping a good condition by playing, the fact he played in the Cup helped him have a better condition for the future, this is for sure.
“He has to keep his quality at the top, I didn’t sign him because I want more physical power in the squad, it was because I want more quality in the squad.
“There are players with quality and players with physicality.
“The work of the manager is to try to put this kind of football quality and physicality and mental aspect together to build a team.”
On the pandemic…
“The country is in a difficult moment and football, also,”
“But in this difficult period, when people have to stay home, it can be a good distraction to watch football on television.”
“I am still convinced the protocols we are using are safe.”
“It [football environment] has changed, we have to adapt, it is at least one year we are playing in this kind of situation.”
“The only thing we can do is follow the protocols and hope this situation is going to finish soon.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form: LWLDLD
Wolverhampton Wanderers form (all competitions): WLDLDW
Everton Premier League form: DWWWWL
Everton form (all competitions): WWLWLW
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait Nouri; Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker; Traore, Cutrone, Neto
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Doucoure, Davies; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Tosun
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Everton
With Everton set to welcome a number of key players back for this showdown, the hosts’ leaky defence could be in for a taxing 90 minutes at Molineux.
The absences of Podence and Jimenez will continue to affect Wolves on the attacking front, and while this is sure to be a close game, Everton should do enough to eke out a vital win.
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