Opportunity knocks for McCarthy's men

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This weekend sees Wolves travel the 90-odd miles up to Merseyside to take on the Blue side of the city. 

The away side should be taking a great amount of confidence into this match. Not only have they got off to a winning start, Everton produced an extremely lacklustre performance away at Ewood Park. 

Looking from the outside, you have to say much of the pre-match pressure is on the Everton players. They need a win, they're playing at home and their fans will be expecting three points. 

Wolves can definitely use this to their advantage. Mick McCarthy's no fool and he'll realise there's an opportunity to be taken here. 

As long as they set up, stick to the game plan and take their chances on the break, they could shock David Moyes's men and head home with two bonus points in the bag. Points that will make a real difference at the business end of the season. 

There's no doubt that Everton will have to respect their opponents when the sides line up on Saturday afternoon. 

You only have to cast your mind back to last season's Goodison Park encounter to see the result is far from a given - Kevin Doyle slotting home with a quarter of an hour left to seemingly wrap up victory; only for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to spoil the party with an 88th minute equaliser. 

With one side looking to build a positive start and the other really looking to kick-start their season we can expect a tense, tight and competitive encounter that could even bring a few goals.

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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