Wolves v Everton preview
Toffees target seventh while Wolves want overdue win
By Adam Bate. Last Updated: May 4, 2012 1:46pm
Everton are aiming to open up a six-point gap over rivals Liverpool when they visit Wolves, who are still without a win under Terry Connor.
The Toffees would prefer to be enjoying an FA Cup final weekend but having tasted defeat to their neighbours in a Wembley semi-final they will be hoping for the bonus of a superior league finish.
Everton need four points from their remaining two games to be certain of finishing seventh for a second successive season.
And manager David Moyes will fancy his chances of grabbing three of those points against Wolves - a team they are unbeaten against in their last five games.
The situation has only worsened at Molineux since those previous fixtures and with Connor's men already relegated, the home side will be playing for pride in front of their own fans.
Wolves will also be looking to avoid the ignominy of equalling Sunderland's unwanted record of being the only team to lose 10 consecutive home games in the Premier League.
Their winless streak - home and away - now stands at 12 matches and Connor will be desperate to pick up a win before the season is out.
Matt Jarvis is a doubt for Wolves and could be replaced by Stephen Hunt if he fails to recover in time.
Connor has on-loan Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong available again but could decide against using the player with relegation already confirmed.
Having conceded four against Swansea, Ronald Zubar and Roger Johnson could also be pushing for a recall in defence.
Everton will be forced to make a change from the team that drew at Stoke as Victor Anichebe was injured early in that game.
Magaye Gueye, who replaced Anichebe on the night, is in pole position to come in for the Nigerian forward.
Possible starting XIs
Wolves: De Vries; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward; Kightly, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis; Doyle, Fletcher.
Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin; Gueye, Osman, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar; Jelavic.
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Wolves v Everton
Terry Connor was pleased to give the Wolves fans something to cheer in their final home game before relegation to the Championship.
Everton assistant manager Steve Round was disappointed his side failed to find a way past a stubborn Wolves defence.
Wolves played out a goalless draw with Everton in their last home match in the Premier League as the club prepares for life in the Championship.