2018-19 Fixtures: Everton begin against Wolves

Thursday, 14 June, 2018 77comments  |  Jump to last
Everton will kick off the new season and Marco Silva's tenure with a fixture against newly-promoted Wolves at Molineux, tentatively scheduled for 11th August.

They will then face Southampton (H) and Bournemouth (A) to close out August before two successive home games against Huddersfield and West Ham before the first meeting with a top-six side from last season when the Blues travel to Arsenal on 22nd September.

Everton's final game of the season will be away at against Tottenham.

The Goodison derby is on 2nd March while the return fixture at Anfield is set for 1st December for the time being.

The Boxing Day and New Year games will pit Everton against Burnley (A) and Leicester City (H) respectively.

Full fixture list available at evertonfc.com  


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:08:20
Good start away a promoted team, Molineux being a proper football ground should be a good one!
Tommy Surgenor
2 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:11:35
Away to Wolves. They will be totally pumped for this so we need to be ready.

I think with a few signings, Wolves will be looking to challenge us/Leicester for 7 and above.

Do not underestimate them.

An away win at Wolves will be a great start. The following few fixtures gives us a good chance of building momentum

Rob Baker
3 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:11:54
Nice "easy" August. Potential 9pts and sitting pretty in top places by start of Sept
Michael Lynch
4 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:12:09
Incredibly difficult run of away games from September to December, and home games February to April. Odd set of fixtures. Still, you have to play everyone twice!
Andrew Heffernan
5 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:14:54
Have to play them all I guess, but on paper a 'friendlier' set of opening fixtures than last season... which is irrelevant as we didn't show up anyway!

COYB

Marc Jones
6 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:16:42
Good start to the campaign the first 5 games are all teams we should be looking to beat bringing good momentum to Arsenal. Looking at the full fixture list I think we play the ‘Big 6' away from home first with Spurs the exception. I actually think we've got a decent draw compared to last season.
Paul Jones
7 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:18:41
Last 6 home games against last season's top 7 teams! Our league position at the start of February will be completely untenable unless we start showing some balls and turning up for these type of matches!
Ray Roche
8 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:19:17
Have you seen our last six home games?
Paul Tran
9 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:24:51
What happened to the midweek game after the first Saturday? I'm due to be working in Liverpool on Tues 14th Aug and was banking on a home game. Aaaaagggghh!

Slightly easier start than last season, eh?

Joe O'Brien
10 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:29:28
Happy with this draw.. get a result against Wolves and we've got a decent run of matches until we meet Arsenal. Playing a lot of the teams who finished in the top 6 last season, but we're at home to most of them. A lot easier start to last year for sure.
John Kavanagh
11 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:30:39
I would always prefer not to play newly promoted teams in the first match, especially away, as for them it's like a cup final plus. I would be very happy with a draw.

Apart from that, the fixture list is not too bad compared to last season and should give us a reasonable chance to integrate new signings/youngsters into the new system.

Unlike last year, we should accumulate enough points to keep clear of any relegation worries throughout the season. Unless things go disastrously wrong from the outset – like giving Schneiderlin too many opportunities to impress.

Alex Kociuba
12 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:36:23
I find it hard to criticise the list; on the whole, it's pretty well balanced, no significant hard runs, local away game on Boxing Day. Best fixture list for years, very happy with it.
Ian Burns
13 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:39:05
We underestimate Wolves at our peril – this is one very good side and well managed. I will be happy if we walk away with a draw from this one – but of course, being an idiot, I will be looking for a win!
Lawrence Green
14 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:46:33
We've got to take on every team at some point, but I do wonder why we seem to end up with runs of games against the big six teams so often, eg, the consecutive away fixtures from Arsenal to Burnley and then the home run-in from Man City onwards. Given those final home games, the team has to get off to a good start and put plenty of points on the board in the first half of the season.

Another minor bug-bear is once again we are away on Boxing Day and we start and end our season away from home, but I suppose with the tourist attraction across the park it's inevitable that the fixture compilers take into consideration how best to fill hotel rooms etc.

Victor Yu
15 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:47:04
Facing a newly promoted team first game in the season is never easy.

I remember Norwich gave us a good run (2-2) a few years ago (Martinez's first game in charge).

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:53:17
Two terrible defensive mistakes cost us all 3 points, Victor. It was a sign of things to come.
Shane Corcoran
17 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:57:00
Paul (#9), I don't think that midweek game has been on the schedule for a good few years now.
James Hughes
18 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:39:01
Yes Ray #8 those last 6 home games are a bit challenging. Let's hope were in the mix for Europe and this puts our fate in our own hands.
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:40:18
Which two week period is scheduled for the two week winter break (ha)?

I'm guessing the FA Cup third round is 5th Jan, fourth round is 26th Jan and fifth round is 16th feb. All other weeks have games scheduled until the first international break in 2019 which is the end of March.

Tim Locke
20 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:45:46
Colin - that the season we finished with our highest points total to date and everyone said the corner had been turned 😳
Tony Everan
21 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:49:01
The Champions League decider against Tottenham on the last day will be very exciting.

It’s about time we stopped fretting about when we are playing the ‘Big Six’ , get in their faces , be confident and attack them , play to win. I am look forward to those games and I am expecting us to compete toe to toe.

We haven’t got a European fixture list or even many players with World Cup injury or fatigue. It is a great opportunity to get right at the top six , attack and get points.

Alex Kociuba
22 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:53:33
Rob, the the first winter break will be in 2020.
Rob Halligan
23 Posted 14/06/2018 at 10:56:59
Thanks Alex. I thought it was this coming season.
Jim Bennings
24 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:10:46
Surely the big two questions.

Can we finally win a Merseyside derby?

Can we improve on three years of quite disgraceful away form?

Steve Ferns
25 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:30:19
I’m happy with the fixtures. You have to play everyone twice, but by playing the big sides at the end of the season, when we’ll have a game a week, and they’re all knackered from two games a week, we’re in a better position than last season.

As for wolves, they’ll have a whole new team first game and so we might be catching them cold, unless we’ve got a whole new side ourselves.

Peter Anthony
26 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:35:19
I am a glass half-full man Steve and I agree with you. As I am an evertonian though, I do have a niggling worry that if it all goes to s*** and we are scrambling for survival at the end of the season we could do with a much easier run in. 🙄
Chad Schofield
27 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:38:20
Much better than last year.
Agree we can't underestimate Wolves.
Harvey Miller
28 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:40:48
I think it's a pretty good draw. There's no use to worry about tough game sequences, they are unavoidable.
We had 7 teams above us so it's a task of putting 14 games in between the rest of 24 games.
Last season we had series of tough games both home and away, now there's only home or away hard sequences.
Michael Lynch
29 Posted 14/06/2018 at 11:47:00
To be honest I'm just look forward to August 18th. A sunny day, a full Goodison, a new manager, a few new players, and we'll beat Southampton 4-0.

Can't wait.

David Ellis
30 Posted 14/06/2018 at 12:07:29
Promoted teams on the first day away from home you really want to avoid. Others will take points off them much more easily as they gradually lose confidence by mid season. Huddersfield had a flyer last season. Would expect the same from Wolves. In fact I would expect Wolves to comfortably stay up and they will be mid table scrapping with us.

But much better than last year's start which did affect our confidence badly

Ralph Basnett
31 Posted 14/06/2018 at 12:40:12
Did Klopp organise these fixtures?

The Shoite:

Home first game of the season

Home for Boxing Day

Home Last Game of the season.

Wankers!!!!!

Rob Halligan
32 Posted 14/06/2018 at 12:45:50
Harvey # 28. You say there were 7 teams above us, so we have to put 14 games in between the other 24 games.

I seriously wouldn't bother about one team, Burnley. I think they will struggle big time this season what with the Europa league starting even earlier than us last season and also having an extra qualifying round to play. Should they manage to get into the group stages, they will have played an incredible 12 games more than us before we play them on boxing day.

Tony J Williams
33 Posted 14/06/2018 at 12:52:38
Twat of a list of fixtures, every season we play a promoted side early and every season we have a spate of games against the "bigger" sides on the bounce.

That away fixture list at the start of the season is an absolute piss take, Arsenal, Leicester, Man U, Chelsea, The Shite and City.

The only one missing of last seasons final top 6 is Spurs on the bounce

Kunal Desai
34 Posted 14/06/2018 at 13:04:04
First home game starts as it ended with the final home game of the last campaign.
Frank McGregor
35 Posted 14/06/2018 at 13:13:56
I'm not too sure about the upcoming season. At the moment there is lot of talking up and hype.

I'm expecting us to be in the bottom six by the end of October.

Paul Williams
36 Posted 14/06/2018 at 13:16:25
That's a decent five games to start on and we need it to put the thoughts of last season behind us. Wolves will not be easy though.
Jason Broome
37 Posted 14/06/2018 at 13:34:55
A good pre-season is paramount and we need to get the right signings in early so that they can settle.

If we start strong we could be in the top 4 all the way up to Christmas and who knows after that.

Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 14/06/2018 at 13:46:39
Rob, I just sent you an email about one particular game.
Steven Scaffardi
39 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:01:03
All in all, I think this is s set of fixtures that play very nicely into a squad game. None of the games against the big boys seems to be bunched together so I think Marco Silva could look at this and be very strategic in terms of who to play and when to play. Nice to see that the second derby game is at Goodison again this season.
Rob Halligan
40 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:04:06
Hi Mike. Just looked at it. Will see what I can do.
Sam Hoare
41 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:42:20
I’d usually rather face a ‘big’ team on opening day in the hope you catch them before they’re in their groove.

Wolves will be totally pumped for their PL return and that will be a very tough game indeed.

Other than that it looks like a decent first few fixtures and chance to hoped build some confidence.

mike barrett
42 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:43:21
Jason Broome.. nice to be optimistic mate but top 4??!! Come on mate let's have a bit of realism a new regime that's going to take a while to settle .and a lot of patience from us..COYB
Antony Matthews
43 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:50:47
At least Silva will know if some of the team are good enough after the first game against a team who will be up for their first match back in the premiership. Hopefully we will see a different attitude and mentality from the players and attack from the start.
Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 14/06/2018 at 14:58:09
If we are going to seriously challenge the Top 6, we should have nine points at the end of August.

But Wolves away to start the season against a newly promoted side will be incredibly difficult.

Jamie Crowley
46 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:00:09
Another quick note.

Man City away, Spurs at home, Burnley away.

Happy fucking Holidays!

Alex Kociuba
47 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:01:39
This 'be aware of promoted clubs' on the first day talk is nonsense if you actually look. On average promoted clubs get: less than 1 point on their first game to the Premier League, score less than one goal and concede over 1.5 goals. Wolves are not to be especially feared.
Jamie Crowley
48 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:03:28
Alex! Stop letting facts get in the way of a good narrative and some fear!
Andrew Heffernan
49 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:04:51
Regardless of fixtures we will not finish higher than 6th at best as there are 6 better and more experienced squads at finishing in these places, last season we missed out on 7th due to Sam's awful tactics after what can only be described as being a dead rubber of a season.

Club needs to play better football, build a relationship with its fanbase, push in cups and hopefully attract better players to develop the squad, that I'm afraid is success unless we hit some magic Leicester formula, which I don't see in the current squad... oh to be proven wrong!

Liam Reilly
50 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:18:00
We should be on TV a lot during the business end anyway!
Denis Richardson
51 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:36:11
Always prefer a home game to start the season and as said above an away game to a fully pumped up newly promoted side can be tricky, especially in our case with Wolves.

At least we don't have any away games to the 'big 6' in at the start so we can get some points on the board and build some confidence and momentum.

(Sad to see Fulham away is all the way back in April next year, live about 20 mins away from Craven Cottage.)

Denis Richardson
52 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:49:43
Alex 47 - when you calculated your 'on average' can you give us the numbers for when EVERTON were the ones playing the promoted side? Last 10 years, its happened twice.

11/12 season home to QPR - Lost 0-1
15/16 season away to Watford - Drew 2-2

Keep in mind your average will also include promoted clubs playing the sky 4-6. So I'd say people are right to view Wolves away with a bit of trepidation. They may 'on paper' have a worse side than us but they will be super pumped up, with a screaming packed stadium behind them and they were by a country mile the best team in the championship last season. We on the other hand were shite and I'm still not sure how we finished in the top half.

I can't imagine any Wolves fans being unhappy when they saw who their opening game of the season was. Am sure they are bricking it thinking how to shackle the likes of Niasse and dealing with the lightening pace of Rooney, Klaassen and Schneiderlin...

Minik Hansen
53 Posted 14/06/2018 at 16:14:00
I hope Silva finds a solution with our away record... and keeps it strong with our home games, so it can be a pretty decent finish to the season.
Alex Kociuba
54 Posted 14/06/2018 at 17:12:53
Denis, I'm not sure how i'd obtain that data, but I agree it would be interesting.

To answer your question we finished in the top half, despite being shit, because the teams below us were worse. I'm sure Wolves fans will be delighted to not have got a top team, but would be much happier with a team that finished below us (obviously?). Having fear facing Wolves is utterly ridiculous.

Everyone plays each other twice, this idea of it being 'the first game' is superstitious nonsense.

Ernie Baywood
55 Posted 14/06/2018 at 17:50:25
Yes we play everyone twice but to say the fixture list makes no difference is wrong, in my view.

A good start generates momentum and a feel good factor. God knows we need some of that - we all saw what the opposite did last season.

When Leicester won the league it was Boxing Day before they went away to the 'Big 6'.

So I'm happy with the draw. I'll worry about the run in when we get there - it will only matter if we've got something to play for... and if we've got something to play for I'll be happy.

Rob Halligan
56 Posted 14/06/2018 at 18:23:37
One fixture change already.

Arsenal away will be on Sunday 23rd September as they have a Europa league game on the Thursday before.

Dermot Byrne
57 Posted 14/06/2018 at 18:24:34
Win at Wolves, that first game at home will have an amazing atmosphere. Would be great for new arrivals and those Silva has picked and have a fresh start.

Opening fixtures that could give us great momentum and confidence and that can be worth more than any extra so called superstar.

I can see happy Blues come September.

Denis Richardson
58 Posted 14/06/2018 at 19:23:11
Alex 54 - not saying people are necessarily scared of getting Wolves first up, more like we shouldn't be thinking it'll be easier simply because they just got promoted.

I watched Wolves a couple of times last season (on TV) and they seemed like a quality outfit. Pace, skill and more importantly playing as a team and scoring loads of goals. I can see them easily staying up if this coming season is anything like the last. There were some truly woeful teams in the prem last season (only reason we managed to finish as high as we did).

As our recent record shows, we haven't managed a win against a promoted side the two times its happened in the last 10 years. Also the 'play everyone twice' mantra may technically be true but there is a lot to be said for building momentum and especially confidence in the opening games of the season. Start out badly and its much harder to get yourself back.

Was curious and had some time so I looked at the last 15 seasons. Our opening day record is W4 D4 L7. Of these 15 we've had incredibly 11 home games as season starters. Of the 4 away, we've lost 2 drawn 2.

Doesn't make great reading and past isn't a predictor of the future. However, encouragingly (and somewhat surprisingly) we haven't lost an opening game for 6 seasons! Beat Stoke at home last season, Manu at home in 2012 and drew the opener 4 years in a row 2013-2017.

What does all that mean for the game against Wolves – bugger all I guess. I'll have my fingers and toes crossed for a game with a few goals and three points for the Blues. (Predicting a draw however.)


Alex Kociuba
59 Posted 14/06/2018 at 20:13:52
I accept you can dissect the stats infinitely to the point where they're meaningless but promoted teams generally don't do very well over the course of the season, and the stats suggest they are specifically bad on the opening day.


"... 'play everyone twice' mantra may technically be true..."

Playing everyone twice is an absolute fact, whereas it is impossible to calculate or quantify the gravity and effect of momentum and confidence. If a team wins 4 easy games on the trot do they have more confidence and momentum than if they had won 2 tough games?

What if you win 4 easy games then lose a hard game no-one expected you to win – does this then mean you have a percentage of momentum and confidence or is it all still there? It borders on superstitious nonsense in my eyes.

Ian Bennett
60 Posted 14/06/2018 at 20:40:18
It's a tricky opening game. We will need to be up for it, which is a good rest of what we have.

Remember the transfer window will be shut by then.

Martin Nicholls
61 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:05:41
Denis (#52) – didn't it also happen in 2014-15 when our first game was away to newly promoted Leicester (2-2)? I remember watching the game and concluding that Wes Morgan wouldn't last in Premier League – shows how much I know!
Steavey Buckley
62 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:25:41
If Marco Silva's first few matches don't go well, the pressure will be on him, especially, now as the World Cup is on with players not available to start pre-season and the transfer window closes before the 1st game of the season against Wolves.
Andy King
63 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:29:41
I think Wolves away to kick off might not be too bad. Yes they looked great last season and will be right up for it but I'm hoping that'll play straight into our hands. A 'gung-ho, let's take on all comers' attitude is exactly what a counter attacking team wants to play against.

Last season we had horrendous little bunches of playing 3 or 4 teams likely to finish above us back to back. We don't have that this year. Hopefully we'll play those teams in the first half of the season when they're returning from midweek European games in some far flung place.

Hopefully those home games during the run in will have something (positive) riding on them. If they do then;
a) I'd rather play them at home
b) I'd rather have our fate in our own hands
c) Hopefully some of those teams have blown out after a load of European games in the first half of the season (following a summer punctuated by the World Cup)

All in all not too bad...

Stewart Lowe
64 Posted 14/06/2018 at 22:45:44
I think the FA knew they had to be a lot more kinder to Everton after the start we had. Would Koeman still be in work had he got these fixtures last year? I hope not, but he would have had a better chance.

With no Europa League qualifying, a good pre-season, and these fixtures to bed in a new squad and formation, don't be surprised if we finished top 6-7.

As much as a detest the guy, look what Martinez did in his first season playing attacking football. We could even finish higher. We need to add a top top striker, left-back, left-footed pacey winger, center back and a big strong passer in the middle. Then trim the squad to a maximum of 24. Quality over quantity.

Minik Hansen
65 Posted 14/06/2018 at 23:04:47
Momentum is gold. It can somehow relate to when your mate plays his best after he has watched his team win a big game or a trophy. Momentum lifts the players game and the fans, you can just feel it. It's even easier the other way around when your team lose, it's just downwards dragging everone around that gets carried away as easily down with you and we seem to never learn. Be aware of that and it will lead you somewhere you wish to go. Silva, you can do it, lift the team spirit. COYB.
Tony Twist
66 Posted 14/06/2018 at 23:39:12
Very tricky first match. For our new dawn let's hope for a positive result and three points. We will need to be on top form to quell the home support's euphoria. The old Everton would be happy with a draw, I hope we can bring some pride back and go toe to toe with them and surprise a few people as I guess this will be on Sky. Sky looking for the newly promoted side turning over the established Premier League side.
Ernie Baywood
67 Posted 15/06/2018 at 01:15:28
Alex, that we play everyone twice is a fact, but that's not what the 'mantra' is saying. It's saying that when you play teams doesn't matter.

We may not be bothered to quantify it but we all know some things have a tendency to happen:

- Playing a team straight after they've played in Europe in midweek has an effect
- Relegation threatened teams can 'up their game' (fighting for their Premier League status)
- Teams and players do have runs of form (bad and good) that sit outside their average form outside of a season.

- Teams with smaller squads will be more affected by injuries in the busiest parts of the season.

There are absolutely good and bad times to play teams. It's the luck of the draw. When would you have rather played against Everton last season?

I happen to think we've had a bit of good luck. This club needs a massive turnaround from the end of last season. If we start badly then the sense of "here we go again" will be strong. Win a few and we might get back to those feelgood days of early Martinez.

Now it's up to us to make the most of it.

Alex Kociuba
68 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:24:17
Ernie I'll stop flogging a dead horse but:

- Teams that play in Europe generally have bigger teams and can cope just as well afterwards (it would be interesting whether there's any stats to show whether it actually has an effect or not - it might just be perceived).

- If the team that has played in Europe is on a good run of form (i.e. has 'momentum' / 'confidence'), does this not negate that they're playing more regularly?

- I don't dispute that players and teams have good runs of form (this is just a reflection of reality), I just cast doubt whether this is down to some type of mystical 'momentum' or a result of confidence. I would suggest teams that have regular 'good form' are simply better teams and/or better management etc.

- If a team has a flurry of difficult games, it means there will be a less difficult run elsewhere in the season

- Promoted teams 'upping their game' is again just meaningless term - how is this even measured?

- Promoted teams are irrefutably easier teams to play on the whole

There is probably small elements of 'confidence' at work after a poor run of form, but I doubt it's gravity compared to the hundreds of other factors.

Denis Richardson
69 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:33:35
Alex (#59),

Sorry but you're arguing for arguings sake. Everyone knows that football is a confidence game. Getting wins and points on the board early doors makes it a lot more likely you're going to have a decent season so when you play certain teams does matter – especially at the start.

By your logic, you wouldn't be bothered if our first 5 games were away to the top 5 and we get to mid-September bottom with zero points and a Goal Difference of –15. But hey, it would be ok right as we have to play every team twice anyway? Never-mind that players' confidence would be shattered and moral rock bottom.

We have a much easier opening few games this season than last which is a very good thing given we have a totally new management set up and the players will have to adapt fast – 8 weeks till kick-off with the small matter of a World Cup in between.

Lenny Kingman
70 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:51:18
A Portuguese managerial derby. The Wolves have an esteemed history, if a little distant, a fantastic ground and fanatical support base, bordering on the manic.

Steamrollered all comers in the Championship and with much momentum, I fancy them for a top half finish at least. They have some super players that can destroy any team on their day.

I suppose our latest managers inside track on all things Portugal might be of assistance in what will be a baptism of fire for Silva's Blues on day one against the old golds.

Alex Kociuba
71 Posted 15/06/2018 at 16:30:22
"Getting wins and points on the board early doors makes it a lot more likely you're going to have a decent season."

Yet another comment said as if its fact - is there any evidence or stats to show this is the case? I'd genuinely be intrigued to see. It sounds like it could be true, but equally like it could be bullshit. A team that wins the league is likely to have a good beginning, middle and end to the season. Man Utd, though, quite regularly and famously had shit starts and came in the top 3.

And first 5 games being tough is less than ideal but it would absolutely balance itself out, yes.


Denis Richardson
72 Posted 15/06/2018 at 16:38:14
Alex – let's just agree to disagree.

Life's too short.

Brian Williams
73 Posted 15/06/2018 at 16:44:59
"Getting wins and points on the board early doors makes it a lot more likely you're going to have a decent season."

Of course it does. Guess some people haven't really read or understood it properly. The word "more" that Denis uses qualifies why his statement is "more" than reasonable, unless you're a pedant!

Certainly makes it more likely you'll have a decent season than if you lose the first half dozen games and have no points on the board.

I know what you meant Denis, mind you I'm not a pedant.

The psychology of winning, or being on a winning streak, and where you are in relation to your rivals plays a huge part, as does confidence which is gained through good performances, winning games, and getting points on the board.

Sorted.

Tom Bowers
74 Posted 15/06/2018 at 18:58:49
We could be playing Barcelona first game and it wouldn't matter. You either have a good, competitive side or you don't and have to show it on a consistent basis.

Yes, we can expect Wolves to be pumped but why not Everton too?

Usually one of the promoted sides starts off better than expected so Everton need to be prepared.

Tony Everan
75 Posted 15/06/2018 at 20:02:09
Wolves may be pumped up to the max, but one little prick will burst the bubble. The crowd will go quiet.

Wolves manager will bemoan two mistakes and two goals for Everton.

Ernie Baywood
76 Posted 15/06/2018 at 21:39:58
Alex "Promoted teams 'upping their game' is again just meaningless term – how is this even measured?"

I didn't say promoted teams. I said relegation-threatened teams. Of course they find an extra few percent when their careers are on the line. It's human nature. When there's more at stake you work harder.

I'm sure this would be measurable if either of us could be bothered. There are absolutely good and bad times to play teams. Us beating Wimbledon from 2 goals down wasn't a normal performance.

Matthew Williams
77 Posted 16/06/2018 at 16:30:21
Wolves will be a tough game... but win that and our next four are there to gain maximum points from also... could be an interesting start to the new season.

For me the real test will start in mid-September... 59 years and counting, folks... sigh.

John Keating
78 Posted 17/06/2018 at 08:36:37
When last seasons fixture list came out I said we might get 3 points out of Stoke then after that nothing during that initial hard start. Losing would become a habit and we would get in a rut. We actually got an unexpected point against City as well.

This season we should do the opposite. We should get a great start and gain momentum for the rest of the season.

Of course it all depends on the unknown Silva, who I still have serious doubts about. Fingers crossed he produces the goods, though, if reports about him wanting this Carvalho are true, well, let's see.

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