It’s still early in the season but there’s still a truck load of pressure on Rafa Benitez as he takes Everton to Wolves on the back of two home Premier League defeats.
Losing to West Ham and Watford at Goodison is bad enough, but going from 2-1 to 5-2 down against the Hornets is just not acceptable for Toffees fans who have limited patience for the former Liverpool manager.
A bright start has faded away with just one win in five, while in contrast things at Molineux are looking up as their new boss Bruno Lage seems to be getting his message across after a slow start.
Conor Coady told Sky Sports at the weekend that Lage had made huge changes to their style of play, and that looks to be manifesting itself into actual excitement breaking out in Wolves games. 10 goals in their last three games tells its own story.
So, it looks like a game that Wolves can get some joy from and as such we should get on the right side of them in the shots market, and there’s a couple of eye-catching prices that could play into our hands, especially if injury news goes our way.
Our two Wolves stars are both defenders but in Romain Saiss we have a defender who’s not afraid to get attempts in on goal and is a big threat from set pieces.
He’s had seven shots on target from 11 attempts so far this season, and even scored a couple of goals, and with Yerry Mina a doubt that leaves Everton even more vulnerable in the heart of their defence.
The Toffees have had a soft centre recently and have given headed chances away deep inside their own box far too many times – with Angelo Ogbonna nodding in the winner for West Ham at Goodison as an example.
Saiss is a nice odds-against chance, but even more of an outsider here is young French wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, who impressed in his first league start of the season at Leeds last week.
The 20-year-old has started two Carabao Cup games and managed a shot on target in each of those, as he did at Elland Road last week, while he also had one attempt in seven minutes as a sub against Spurs.
He averages a shot on target every 81 minutes this season all told, and even if Fernando Marcal is fit again Ait-Nouri already looks the part as a good attacking option down that left wing.
Coming up against Ait-Nouri will be Everton’s Mr Consistent in the shots table in Andros Townsend, who has to be included in what is now a big-priced treble due to his exemplary stats this season of 11 shots on target in 11 games so far.
He’s only failed to hit the target in two games while away from home he’s not yet failed to get a shot in on target, even as a late sub at Leeds, and has had seven overall from six away games in all competitions.
He’s a must-have here in our Bet Builder shots treble to kick-off the week in style.