Everton v Wolves LIVE commentary: Julen Lopetegui takes charge of first Premier League game in bottom of table clash – kick-off time, team news and how to listen on talkSPORT

    Everton will welcome Wolves to Goodison Park on Boxing Day, with all the action exclusively live on talkSPORT 2.

    New Wanderers boss Julen Lopetegui will take charge of his first Premier League game as he looks to move his side off the bottom of the table. 

    Wolves’s new boss will take charge of his first league game on Monday

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    Wolves’s new boss will take charge of his first league game on Monday

    The West Midlands side have only won two games all season, are four points off safety and have scored just eight goals in 15 games.

    As for the Toffees, they have also endured a tough start the campaign, sitting in 17th and only winning one of their last seven league matches. 

    Frank Lampard will be hoping they can kickstart the second half of the season with a positive result to move his side away from the drop zone. 

    Everton vs Wolves: talkSPORT coverage 

    This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, December 26. 

    Kick-off at Goodison Park is scheduled for 3pm. 

    talkSPORT 2 will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game. 

    Commentary will be provided by Mark Wilson and former Wolves manager Dean Saunders. 

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Everton were in poor form before the World Cup break

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    Everton were in poor form before the World Cup break

    Everton vs Wolves: Team news 

    Everton XI: Pickford, Patterson, Mina, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gordon, McNeil, Maupay.

    Subs: Begovic, Holgate, Coleman, Godfrey, Vinagre, Doucoure, Davies, Gray, Cannon.

    Wolves XI: Sa, Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno, Hodge, Neves, Moutinho, Podence, Hwang, Costa.

    Subs: Sarkic, Gomes, Lembikisa, Nunes, Ronan, Ait Nouri, Traore, Jimenez, Guedes.

    Everton vs Wolves: What has been said? 

    New Wolves boss Lopetegui looked ahead to his side’s return to Premier League action after they progressed through in the Carabao Cup. 

    “The only thing we think about is Everton now,” he said.

    “I think the Premier League matches are going to be different because of the opponent. The characteristics of the opponent, the situation of the cup, it made it different. 

    “In the Premier League, they are going to be different matches and different ways to play and different answers will be needed to win the matches.”

    Wolves will be hoping they can move off the bottom of the Premier League table

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    Wolves will be hoping they can move off the bottom of the Premier League table

    Everton vs Wolves: Match facts 

    • Alex Iwobi – who leads the way for chances created (27), through balls (7) and assists (5) at Everton this season – has scored more Premier League goals against Wolves (3) than any other opponent. The Nigerian has netted in three of his last four in the competition against them.
    • Including caretakers, none of the last 10 managers to take charge of Wolves in the top-flight have won their first such game (D3 L7). Julen Lopetegui will be aiming to be the first manager to win his first top-flight game in charge of Wolves since John Barnwell in November 1978.
    • This will be new Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui’s first ever Premier League game in charge, the 12th different Spanish manager to feature in the competition. Just one of the previous 11 has lost their first game, with Unai Emery losing 2-0 to Manchester City with Arsenal in August 2018.
    • Wolves have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games, taking just four points from a possible 27 (W1 D1). This is their first Premier League game when starting the day bottom of the table since their final game of the 2011-12 campaign (2-3 vs Wigan).
    • Everton have won just one of their last seven league games (D1 L5), failing to score in five of their last six. Indeed, the Toffees have failed to score in 13 Premier League games since Frank Lampard’s first game in charge in February, with only opponents Wolves (14) doing so more in that time.
    • Wolves are winless in their last seven top-flight Boxing Day games (D2 L5) since beating Birmingham 2-1 in 1978. This is their first fixture on this date since the 2018-19 campaign (1-1 at Fulham).
    • Everton have won their last three Boxing Day league games, last having a longer run between 1984 and 1990 (7).
    • This is the fifth time Everton and Wolves are facing in a league match on Boxing Day, with the other four all taking place at Molineux Stadium between 1901 and 1974. Wolves have won three of the previous four fixtures, losing only in 1904.
    • Wolves won this exact fixture 1-0 in March last season – only once have they won consecutive league visits to Everton, doing so in February 1960.
    • Everton have lost their last two Premier League games against Wolves, as many as they had in their previous 12 (W5 D5). They last lost more consecutively against them between 1957 and 1960 (a run of five).

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