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Wolves (3-4-3) Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez, Costa.
Substitutes: Ruddy, Vinagre, Hause, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Enobakhare, Bonatini.
Everton (4-2-3-1) Pickford; Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Tosun.
Substitutes: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Digne, Davies, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse.
Hello and welcome to coverage of the top-of-the-table clash between Wolves and Everton at Molineux. That table is the Guardian’s imaginary Pre-Season Optimism League. Both these teams have had great transfer windows (let’s not say they windowed well, eh), with imaginative, eye-catching signings, and both have good reason to expect a very good season. (Let’s not dwell on the fact that Everton felt exactly the same a year ago, eh.)
Most promoted sides fix their peepers firmly on 17th place. Wolves’ ambitions should be a bit grander, such is the quality of their squad. I can’t wait to see how Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota get on at a higher level, while the signings of Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker were quite a statement of intent.