It’s last season’s Premier League 2 Division 2 champions against the 2018/19 Division 1 title-winners this weekend as Wolves under-23s invite Everton to New Bucks Head.
Rob Edwards’ side got their first season in the top flight off to a rocky start last week after going down 2-0 away at Brighton & Hove Albion but will be looking to bounce back against Everton as they play their opening home fixture of the campaign.
Everton, who took the PL2 crown last season, will be a very tough test, coming away from their first match of the season with a scoreless draw with Leicester City.
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New Bucks Head, Telford
0-2 v Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
0-2 v Oxford United (A) Friendly
0-2 v Celtic XI (A) Friendly
0-0 v Leicester City (H)
0-1 v Swindon Town (A) Friendly
1-2 v West Ham United (A)
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
On impact of new players
“Rafa (Nya) at the back did well against Brighton and his distribution was very good. There are one or two areas that we want to work on with him defensively, but he’s a great kid and I was pleased with his performance.
“Shabani showed some real moments of class, but he’s only been in the building for a few days, so it would be unfair for us to judge him after one game, but he’s still got to get used to the way we play, as we’re a bit more structured and have a clear shape and a way we play than Bayern Munich, where he was allowed more freedom. But we’re really pleased with his attitude and he’s worked really hard.”
On Everton challenge
“Everton did incredibly well last year; winning the league and cup double. In terms of the team, they’ve got some really good individuals, a few have gone out on loan from last season, but they’ve still got a lot of quality available to them.
“They’re a really hard-working team who’ve got a lot of realism to their football and can mix it up if they need to, they can have a football match if they need to, so it’s going to be a real test – maybe the toughest test that we’ll have.
“There are a lot of good teams in this league and you never quite know where everyone’s going to be in under-23s football, because of the ever-changing nature of the squads, inconsistencies, whatever, there’s lot of different reasons for that, but Everton are always pretty consistent and always a tough test.
“After Brighton and then Everton, we’ll have a better idea of the task ahead of us this year.”
23/8 Blackburn Rovers (A)
30/8 Leicester City (H)
14/9 Manchester City (A)
20/9 Arsenal (H)
24/9 Carlisle United (A) LCT
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