18 min: Digne hauls Traore back and in the meantime Richarlison needs treatment after an earlier tumble.
16 min: Now Everton back off Cutrone but his shot from range flashes well wide.
15 min: Now Coleman gets in on the act, almost working a clear shot before it’s blocked at the last. Wolves look unusually ragged.
14 min: It’s very nearly 2-2 as Pickford saves superbly from Cutrone, parrying around the post after Everton never quite clear a corner and the striker is found at the back stick. He claims the resulting flag kick. This has been a sensational start.
Goal! Everton 2-1 Wolves (Iwobi 12)
What on earth is going on? This is a fine goal, a *just onside* Sigurdsson getting away down the right and arrowing in an absolutely splendid cross that Iwobi, craning his neck, heads past Patricio superbly! It’s 2-1 to the hosts already!
10 min: Certainly not sure I was expecting two early goals here but we’re set fair for a belter now, hopefully. Iwobi claims a penalty but Bennett got a vital touch on the ball.
Goal! Everton 1-1 Wolves (Saiss 9)
What a start here! Traore, the speedster, beats Digne to a long ball and then does brilliantly to skin him on the right flank, leaving him for dead and drilling a low centre that Pickford can’t get a finger on. It hits the unlucky, unsighted Coleman and falls for Saiss to jab home!
Goal! Everton 1-0 Wolves (Richarlison 5)
That’s a fine finish but a disaster from Wolves. Coady and Patricio get into a mess, the keeper coming to clear the ball but Coady insisting on passing back to him as he rushes out. It means Patricio has to, effectively, make a desperate save with his foot. The ball pings out, strikes Kean, and runs for the onrushing Richarlison – who still has it all to do but lashes supebly into the goal!
4 min: Good move from Everton there though, Digne finding Iwobi, who checks back onto his right foot and crosses well for Sigurdsson – who gets up but directs his header a foot or two over the bar.
3 min: Wolves start fairly well and hurl an early long throw into the Everton box, but Keane is there to defend it.
Peeeeeep! Wolves, left to right, get us underway
They’re in the old gold and black, Everton in blue and white.
David Cross writes: “Arrived in San Francisco last night so obviously can’t sleep properly yet. Will enjoy this match with you while eating an early breakfast. Prediction is that Bernard will come on late with fresh legs and score or make the winner.”
Enjoy your brekkie, David!
OK, the teams are ready to emerge at Goodison – it’s nearly time to get started …
Marco Silva (is he any good or not? We still don’t know) speaks:
“Every time we change something we expect a good answer for the players. It’s more about collective work than one or two players, we have to create chances as a team for them to score goals. The last game was not what we expect, not the best game for us, but the first 25 minutes of how we started against Villa is how we have to start here. We always want more, me as a manager and we as a club, and this afternoon is a good opportunity for us to get three points.”
While we savour all that, join Alex Hess for the rest of Rangers v Celtic. The Bhoys currently lead the Old Firm derby 1-0!
Yes, Kean and Iwobi start. So does Delph. Calvert-Lewin, Schneiderlin and Bernard are the benched casualties of the no-show at Villa Park.
Wolves rotate, of course, after Thursday’s win over Torino. Bennett, Vinaigre, Neves and Cutrone all come in; Matt Doherty is out injured.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre Gomes, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Kean. Subs: Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Sidibe, Bernard, Stekelenburg.
Wolves: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Traore, Dendoncker, Neves, Saiss, Ruben Vinagre, Jimenez, Cutrone. Subs: Vallejo, Pedro Neto, Gibbs-White, Jota, Jonny, Ruddy, Joao Moutinho.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Here’s your appetiser for the north London derby – or your main if you support either of these two – and it’s not a bad one. It’s a bit like having a lovely plate of seared scallops before you get onto the steak; there’s every chance it could be the highlight of the meal. It’s a clash of the upper-middle, the hopefuls who think they can put pressure on the established top-six order, two serious teams with serious managers and some serious talent on the pitch too.
It’s only flickered so far. Wolves have three draws from three and that’s fine, but a win here would prove there’s nothing to worry about in terms of Europa League hangovers and so forth. Everton began well but were very disappointing in their defeat at Aston Villa – I wonder if we’ll see more of Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi, who both livened things up there and starred in the League Cup win at Lincoln, today.
We’ll find out shortly! Team news and much more coming up. It should be a good, tight, entertaining battle, this one. Send in your tweets and emails too – I want to hear your thoughts on both teams’ activities this season to date.