- Richarlison and Lucas Digne could make their competitive debuts for Everton. Deadline-day signings Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes will not be available for the trip.
- Marco Silva, who managed Hull City in 2016/17 and Watford in 2017/18, will become the first manager to take charge of three different clubs across his first three Premier League seasons, when those seasons are played consecutively.
- Nuno is aiming to become the first manager to win his first PL match with Wolves. Terry Connor drew, while Dave Jones and Mick McCarthy lost their first top-flight matches with the club.
Two months ago, this game was barely on the radar. After a wild transfer spending spree for both clubs, this matchup has become must-watch TV this Saturday on national television (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
Marco Silva, in his first year at Everton, has been working hard all summer to change the identity of the club and he succeeded in adding some highly-paid wingers in Richarlison and Bernard. Bringing in Lucas Digne to shore up the left back slot as well as Yerry Mina at centerback and Andre Gomes in central midfield is quite the coup.
At the same time, Wolverhampton has been very busy in the transfer market, with Nuno Espirito Santo bring in more Portuguese stars including Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, taking advantage of the chaos at Sporting Lisbon. With Ruben Neves and Conor Coady ready to play a big role, Wolves look like they could make a run at the top ten in the league.
Frank Lampard could be standing in the technical area one day, barking out instructions to his players. But that day isn’t today.
Lampard went on British radio station TalkSport and ruled out taking over the now-vacant League One Oxford United managerial position, which opened after Pep Clotet was sacked earlier this week. Lampard, who retired following the end of the 2017 MLS season, has been working on his coaching badges and is getting experience coaching in Chelsea’s academy.
But he’s not ready to get on the hot seat for the League One side.
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“I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is far as it went. There wasn’t much in it,” Lampard told TalkSPORT. “Certainly I’m working on my badges now and it’s my intention [to get into management] if the right thing comes along.
“I don’t know what the route will be – there are plenty of different routes to become a top manager and I am working there [at Chelsea with the U18s] now to get towards that. You can’t just step out of something and think you can become a manager, you have to practice a lot. Thankfully Chelsea and the academy are helping me get my hours in and I am watching training at certain Premier League clubs and studying as much as I can so down the line, I hope so [to become a manager one day].”
Perhaps the timing wasn’t right, but getting to learn the ropes at a smaller club in England could be just what Lampard needs to keep improving now as a manager. Ryan Giggs waited and now is the Wales boss but it’s unclear if Lampard could have done the same for the England job, even if he coached the youth levels in the national team setup as Gareth Southgate did.