Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves travel to Merseyside to face Marco Silva’s Everton in what promises to be a fascinating encounter. Wolves and Everton find themselves in a mini-league, if you will, which includes both of them, Watford, Bournemouth, Leicester and West Ham. The prize for winning this mini-league is a seventh-placed finish and the reward of Europa League football (providing one of the top six win the FA Cup).
The reasoning behind the emphasis on prize is twofold. Firstly, the Europa League gets a lot of disrespect from certain quarters. When teams like Burnley fail to take it seriously, it’s hardly surprising. All the same, if you’re not aiming for the Europa League and you’re not in the top six, what’s the point? Secondly, it’s rather well documented that the Premier League is swimming in money. The higher you finish, the more money you earn – simple.
This is Wolves’ third game in a row against teams from the aforementioned mini-league. The two previous games, against Leicester and most recently West Ham, have yielded six points and seven goals.
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