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Everton vs Wolves: Both teams to score has to be best bet

| 18.11.2011

Clean sheets have not come easily to Everton or Wolves of late and therefore 5/6 has to represent the best price in the fixture that both teams find the target.

Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet since beating Blackburn 1-0 in August, while the same weekend was also the last time Wolves shut out Premier League opposition.

Given the defensive difficulties of both teams, there could also be value in backing players to score at any time within the 90 minutes.

Louis Saha arguably poses Everton’s biggest attacking threat and is 6/5 to strike at any point within the 90 minutes, while Leon Osman is 5/2 and has been reasonably quiet on the scoring front this season.

However, it may pay to expect some defenders to get on the scoresheet at Goodison Park.

As he is on both free kick and penalty duty for Everton, Leighton Baines is always worthy of consideration and is 5/1 to strike.

Baines’ opposing left-back is Stephen Ward and he is certainly not against foraging forward and is on a scoring streak having netted for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia in midweek.

Ward is 7/1 score inside the 90 minutes.

In terms of the match result, both teams are not in the greatest form as Everton have lost five of their last six games, while Wolves’ victory in their last game with Wigan was their first in nine fixtures.

But Everton have tended to get results against Wolves in the past and have only been beaten once by the opposition in their last eight encounters in all competitions.

Everton’s odds are 4/7 to beat Wolves, with the visitors available at 11/2 and the draw priced at 13/5.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.