Probable Team Lineups: Everton v Wolves (video)
Well. They´re finally at it again. It’s been a long wait after the win against Wigan that saved the managements behind and made us fans jump on the bandwagon of hope again.
During the international break many of the Wolves players has made their countries proud, in particular Sam Vokes and Stephen Ward. Vokes two goals for Wales towards the end of the game against Norway sends a message to McCarthy that he could be used as a substitute with good results. The goals were well taken and perhaps the tall Welshman now knows where the goal is situated i the Premier League aswell.
Stephen Ward has become a hero for the Republic Of Ireland in a short time as indeed in Wolves. His confidence is on the high and it shows in front of goal in Wolves aswell as when he helped the Irish to the play-off in the European Cup. And it was the shot of Doyler that helped Wardinho to do his magic.
Wolves have a recent history of not playing well after international breaks, but I don’t believe it will affect the play negatively this time for the above reasons and because the team now have an extra day of recuperating and practise compared to earlier seasons.
Some Everton players have played for their countries during the break aswell, but not with the same success as Vokesy and Wardinho. As last season and the season before Everton have not reached the level of performance we are used to see by the well-managed team by Moyes.
I read somewhere that they have not spent a net pound on new recruits the last three years, so I guess that’s got something to do with it, but they are still a very good team and at home they are a hard nut to crack. Wolves have though managed to get a draw the last two seasons on their home ground, so well grounded hopes that we can get something this season aswell.
Anichebe and Phil Neville are out injured in Everton and Jagielka is doubtful with a toe injury, but will probably play. In Wolves Fletcher will probably be back, starting on the bench, and two right backs, Foley and Zubar, are still on their way back from injury.
I got a little scared the other day when I saw that our revered manager told the official site that how he forms the team has nothing to do with the results, as we played 4-4-2 successfully at start of the season. Sadly he doesn’t seem to read my analysis of that and I hope that he is not trying to play both Doyler and Fletch from start on Saturday.
Everton almost always play with only one up front and even McCarthy have noticed the benefits of having O’Hara playing just behind a lone striker in our forward department, so I believe it will be an even match between the teams formation up north.
Read somewhere that Guédioura has played two games for his country in Africa during the break, so I do believe that can serve as a reason for him not playing from start now. His performance was clearly under par against Wigan, so that would actually not weaken the team. Jarvis was a big reason for Wolves coming up on top against Wigan, so I believe he will be a starter now. Apart from that i believe Wolves starting eleven will remain the same as last game, with Henry playing as a defensive midfield rear guard and Hunt terrorising everybody all over the field.
If O’Hara shows the same form on Saturday as in previous games we’re definitely in for a great show, but there will not be many goals in this game. A goalless draw or one goal either way will be my guess and I hope Wolves can snatch three points with O’Hara as the only goalscorer.