This season, the hosts’ performances have been inconsistent, but they particularly suffered before the international break. Everton lost to Bournemouth 4-1 in the third round of the Carabao Cup before falling to them 3-0 in the league four days later. Everton has 14 points after 15 games and is ranked 17th in the league.
Wolves, however, have had a terrible season, which led to Bruno Lage’s firing as manager. The Wanderers defeated Gillingham 2-0 in the League Cup earlier this week under the direction of new manager Julen Lopetegui. They are at the bottom of the standings with just two wins in 15 games.
Date and time
Monday, December 26th, 2022
time: 3:00 PM UK, 4:00 PM
Tv list :
UK and Ireland: Amazon Prime Video and Talksport 2 Radio UK
India: Star Sports Select HD1
Australia: Optus Sport
Canada: fuboTV Canada
Nigeria: SuperSport MaXimo 1
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, attempting to recover from a knee injury, will be the subject of a late decision by Everton manager Lampard for this game.
While Andros Townsend and James Garner are still not eligible for selection, Conor Coady could be available.
Chiquinho, Pedro Neto, and Sasa Kalajdzic are all still out with injuries for the Wolves, and Jonny Castro and Boubacar Traore will undergo late fitness evaluations.
Adama Traore, Matheus Nunes, and Jimenez are likely to start this game, and Hwang Hee-chan is also vying for a spot.
Wolves sit bottom of the league with 10 points going into Lopetegui’s first Premier League fixture following the Spaniard’s appointment as manager in November. He oversaw a hard-fought 2-0 win over Gillingham in the Carabao Cup last week.
He said after the cup win that he is taking the challenge of securing Premier League survival one game at a time, and it will be a sizeable task to keep his team in the league – history has been against teams that have been bottom at Christmas, but the split nature of this season might provide some hope for Wolves fans.
Everton’s recent form may also be a source of comfort – the Merseyside team have not played since two losses to Bournemouth in November, shipping seven goals and scoring one against the Cherries. Before those two damaging games they had lost 2-0 to Leicester.
Another beacon of hope for Wolves will be the arrival of Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha, the first signing of the Lopetegui era.
The 23-year-old arrives from Atletico Madrid initially on loan, but clauses in the deal will trigger an obligation to buy him for around £43million in the summer, which will make him Wolves’s record transfer.
With his new team the lowest scorers in the league, Wolves will be hoping he can hit the ground running once the transfer window officially opens and he can start playing.