Sunday, January 17

Wolves vs Everton: Preview and Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton will both aim to build on wins in the FA Cup. To advance to the fourth round, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side saw off Crystal Palace1-0. Whereas Everton needed extra time to overcome a dogged Rotherham United side.

With only one win from their last seven in the top flight, Wolves slipped to 13th in the table and are now seven points ahead of the top six. But with a much-needed win on Tuesday, the hosts would temporarily leapfrog Arsenal and Leeds United. Adama Traore has not enjoyed the most fruitful of campaigns so far. But the thunderous effort of the 24-year-old proved decisive against Palace as Nuno’s side booked their spot in the next round of FA Cup.

With his stand-in, Fabio Silva failing to make a name for himself in the English game, the absence of Raul Jimenez is well and truly felt at Molineux. 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 made progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a one-goal win.

But on Saturday, fans would have expected a much more dominant display from their side against Rotherham. The changes were as expected by Carlo Ancelotti. But over 90 minutes, the Toffees could not get the better of their Championship opponents. The slim victory of the Toffees over Rotherham follows a similarly slender victory over Sheffield United and loss in the Premier League against West Ham United.

Wolves attacker Podence suffered a calf injury against Manchester United and will not be returning to action for at least another couple of weeks. Injured duo Jimenez and Jonny Otto are joined by Marcal – who is nursing a groin problem. But fellow defender Willy Boly has a slim chance of returning here. Allan remains in the infirmary and will likely be ready for action again before the end of the month. While the injury-plagued Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are still sidelined.

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

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