Fulltime - Wolves looked every inch more like a side to challenge the top six than Everton today, and will leave Goodison deserved 3-1 winners. Blues now host Manchester City on Wednesday and our spiral into the lower half of the table will only continue from here.
The Blues were in trouble
90+7’ - Tame ending to the game, Everton capitulate once again thanks to a shambolic defending effort with the attack looking impotent. Four home losses now this season, not good enough.
90+2’ - Blues complete devoid of ideas, completely shut down now by the visiting side. Silva and all the players have some answering to do.
90’ - Everton have been well-beaten here, in every aspect of the game. Outcoached, outworked and outplayed. We’ll have seven added minutes after the feline streaker stopped play (watch the video again below).
85’ - There’s been nothing to really update here. Wolves are still doing more attacking on the counter, Blues are still ineffectively passing the ball around.
79’ - Coady takes out DCL outside the box and outrage as Lee Mason refuses to give him a second yellow card. Sigurdsson loops it into the box and it’s cleared away.
76’ - Davies gets in the act with a lazy foul in the middle, beaten by his man and trips him. Yellow card for him too.
Espirito Nuno Santo is the kind of bold manager we need - pulls off a striker and brings on speedy winger Helder Costa. You take a guess who is more likely to score the next goal, the home side or the away?
72’ - Silva with his last throw of the dice brings on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, pulling Coleman off.
70’ - Finally some amusement for Goodison, as a black cat has run onto the pitch. Shows elusiveness as players and staff try to chase him off. He eventually leaves, shepherded down the tunnel. Poor cat was terrified. We are too whenever Everton are defending a setpiece.
66’ - Everton defence at sixes and sevens again, and Dendoncker applies the hammer blow. Poor clearance and Wolves counter, ball bouncing around in the box and the defensive midfielder with a stunning volley from around the penalty spot, bulges the net with no one near him and Pickford stranded.
59’ - Ademola Lookman is the second change for the Blues, coming on for Theo Walcott.
56’ - Wolves defending with eleven men behind the ball. Everton knocking the ball around with ease, but not getting real penetration behind the five-man Wolves defence. A nice 1-2 between Coleman and Walcott is pulled back for offside.
51’ - Poor giveaway by the centerhalves almost allows Jota to get in again. Come on guys.
48’ - Uneasy crowd here at Goodison. An early corner for the Blues is cleared away. Can’t help but think the players could really use a lift from the crowd, and vice versa.
Ruben Neves will play no more part in this game, goes off for Romain Saiss. Lettuce see how he does.
46’ - Davies gets us underway in the second half. Blues with no defenders on the bench, and both centrehalves on bookings.
Halftime - Starting Baines has hamstrung the Blues and gave away the first goal, but another couple of deadly sins - stupid fouls, setpiece defending - combine to were to blame for the second goal.
The Blues have been passing the ball around better though, so we might be in for a belter of a second half.
45+3’ - Boos ring out at Goodison at the break, all the goodwill from a few minutes ago is gone. An unmarked Jimenez at the freekick gets a free header from almost point-blank range, nothing Pickford could do there and Wolves probably deserve their 2-1 lead at the break.
44’ - Oh boy, now Keane in the book. Jota looks to break and Zouma is in to cover behind the Englishman, but the ref judges him to have pulled the Wolves forward down.
Neves with an inch-perfect cross into the box and of course Jimenez gets to it first, beats Pickford right at the corner and it’s 2-1. This was exactly how the Blues had let Wolves equalize the first time around.
Stupid freekick conceded, and another setpiece goal against. This is getting pretty predictable now.
42’ - Happy with our response after their goal, and even more so with us after our goal, haven’t just given up and are still fighting.
37’ - Baines has been hobbling and now he’s going off for Jonjoe Kenny. It was a risk by Marco Silva starting him with his injury, and it didn’t work out.
34’ - Lee Mason is helping the Goodison crowd come back to life with a couple of dodgy calls. First Walcott takes a quick throw to spark a counter and the ref calls it back as he was apparently too advanced. Then Sigurdsson pressures the Wolves defence into a giveaway and it’s called for a foul.
28’ - GOAL!! OUT OF NOTHING!! Andre Gomes gets his first Everton goal and in what style too!
Oh my word my fellow Blues, heavens alive what a goal that was. Davies started the nmove in the middle, Gomes out to Coleman, finds Tosun who goes wide and makes some room for Gomes to run in, and his rocket from just inside the box gives Patricio no chance at all at the near post. Wonder goal that.
Seconds later Andre dangles a leg and takes out Jota’s knee. Talking to from the ref, but luckily for him no yellow.
24’ - Nice round of applause there on the 23rd minute from Goodison for season ticket holder and lifelong Blue Phil Caine who sadly lost his life recently in an accident.
23’ - Baines with another poor giveaway, heads it right back into trouble and Richarlison has to help out.
Apparently Theo Walcott is here today but we haven’t really.. oh there he is making his customary blinding miss! Fed in space by Sigurdsson but can’t jab it past Rui Patricio who is out in a flash.
20’ - Horrible giveaway by Tom Davies in a bad spot in the midfield allows Wolves to attack, and Dendoncker has a great look at goal but fires straight at Pickford. The rebound almost falls to Jimenez but it’s cleared away. Living on the edge here.
Cenk keeping up his workrate, hounding the Wolves back three and causing mistakes. The passing in the final third has not been crisp for the Blues.
15’ - Tosun shows some industry just outside the box and wins a freekick from Lee Mason. Poor shot by Sigurdsson straight at the wall.
Wolves looking to break and Kurt Zouma comes in hard on Raul Jimenez - yellow card. Nothing quite working out for the Blues right now.
13’ - Diogo Jota breaks through the offside trap with a long ball from Conor Coady and through on goal, but Jordan Pickford quick to come off his line! Whew, close shave.
The fear has crept back into Everton’s game having gone down.
10’ - Shame that because Everton were looking quite comfortable moving the ball around. Gone all quiet now at Goodison, except in the away end, of course.
6’ - Penalty to Wolves! Matt Doherty beats Baines all ends up in the box and the veteran pulls him down. Poor penalty to give away.
Ruben Neves steps up.. and goal. Sends Pickford the wrong way.
5’ - Gylfi Sigurdsson getting involved early, which is a good sign for Everton.
1’ - Good to be home again for the Blues, feels like it’s been a while. Wolves the game underway, it’s chilly today.
Starting lineups - Leighton Baines has been passed fit which is great news, but Idrissa Gueye is still out - ‘minor injury’, or some added time to get over his disappointment? Theo Walcott gets a look-in too, playing for his spot today. Cenk Tosun rewarded for his industry with another starting XI role.
Wolves roll out their customary 3-5-2 with the middle trio of Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho; Tom Davies and Andre Gomes will have their hands full this afternoon.
Everton return to the home comforts of Goodison Park after three consecutive away games. The January transfer window is now closed and the Blues managed to hold on to prized asset Idrissa Gueye despite Paris St Germain’s interest.
The Toffees finally turned their luck midweek, beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 to pick up three much-needed points and ease some of the pressure on Marco Silva.
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers are doing very well for themselves. The newly-promoted side have shown more than once that they belong in the Premier League, and stamped those credentials on Tuesday night thumping West Ham United 3-0.
The two sides are locked in a group of six all fighting it out for spots 7th to 12th in the Premier League, and today’s game is going to go a long way in settling who ends up on top.
Date and start time: Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Weather: 39°F/4°C, sunny, 1% chance of precipitation, 14 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: N/A - United States; N/A - United Kingdom, TSN 2 - Canada, SuperSport 5, beIN Sports HD 3,
Radio: Everton Match Centre, TalkSport Radio World
Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff
Starting XI: Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Baines; Davies, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Tosun
Subs: Stekelenburg, Kenny, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Lookman, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
Starting XI: Rui Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Raúl Jiménez, Diogo Jota
Subs: Gibbs-White, Saïss, Cavaleiro, John, Ruddy, Hélder Costa, Traoré
Everton had captain Phil Jagielka sent off in their season opener away at Wolves, and let the hosts claw their way back into the game to salvage a late 2-2 draw.
Previous to that, the last two games were during Wolves’ last time in the Premier League in the 2011-12 season. The Blues won 2-1 at home with Jagielka and Leighton Baines scoring while the return leg ending up 0-0 at Molineux.