The Everton Diary – Game Week 4 Wondering about Wolverhampton

Another game live on TV for Everton as Wolves come to Goodison Park on Sunday.

What can we expect from them?

First of all you’ll get some nice build up play. You’ll see a bit of this:

It’s nice, but it’s slow, and it’s not leading to great chances for Wolves at the moment. In fact Wolves create the worst chances on average right now in the Premier League.

So to mix it up they’re not adverse to doing this which is creating Wolves best chances:

Ruben Neves sees a lot of the ball. For a mostly neat and tidy player, he’s also good at lifting his head up in transition and spotting early runs up front. Here’s another:

And another:

I think this is where Everton will be most vulnerable. Wolves aren’t particularly high in the press and are most comfortable dropping off. As the away team, it’ll be the go to tactic in defence. Any quick turnovers, and you can see Michael Keane and Yerry Mina being targeted with these. We know Keane is slow and Mina’s not one to mess about with his challenges if he gets caught wrong side.

Wolves defence is interesting. They defend as narrow as I’ve seen any team defend:

Against Leicester with Brendan Rodgers propensity to build moves on the deck and Jamie Vardy’s pace threat through the middle it proved effective.

Against Burnley’s direct changes of pace Wolves defence didn’t look so tidy. A quick ball in to feet, a lay off and a launch sees that nice tight line reduced to two defenders and a bunch scrabbling back running towards there own goal:

Nick Pope launches an early goal kick and Wolves aren’t properly set. Another quick lay off and launch into the box causes more havoc:

This is why I’d like to see both Moise Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin start the game on Sunday. Mix the play up both short and long and stretch this back line out.

A slower build up in the final third to a static forward line plays to Wolves’ strengths – get deep, narrow and tight. Quick turnovers expose opposition defenders on the break.

Everton could win either way, but one way risks are managed better.

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