Wolverhampton Wanderers’ control of the Championship was impressive last season as they dominated on their way to finishing first. Their relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes has allowed them to tap into the Portuguese market and sign some outstanding individuals, on top of manager Nuno; it is for this reason that the newly-promoted club have all the tools to finish in the top-half of the Premier League in 2018/19.
Over the summer break, European champions Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho have been added, and they bring with them top-level experience to complement the raw ability of Ruben Neves, who was outstanding in the second tier. Wolves begin their return to the Premier League on Saturday evening when they host Everton at Molineux, in what should be a fascinating match.
These are two sides that are dark horses for the European spots and the result this weekend will clearly indicate if the Midlands side are able to compete with the established teams in the league right away, and whether their squad has gelled.
Everton are full of positivity themselves heading into 2018/19. Marco Silva has long been coveted, and after taking over as coach performances should be more progressive than under Sam Allardyce. Ahead of the deadline they have purchased Richarlison – who played under Silva at Watford – and Lucas Digne, both of whom add quality and depth. Meanwhile, both Bernard and Andre Gomes have been linked with a deadline day move which would see them registered in time to face Wolverhampton.
The Toffees have endured a worrying pre-season, though, losing their last four friendly games, and Tipbet have them as slight underdogs on Premier League opening weekend. The visitors are 3.30 to start with three points, with a draw the same. Wolves are 2.30 to start with a win, and this could be crucial with tricky fixtures against Leicester City and Manchester City on the horizon. Other popular markets include the winner at half and full-time, and the total number of goals to be scored.