The Premier League have announced who will take charge of Everton’s upcoming encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the appointment offers hope to Marco Silva that his side can pick up their second win of the season.
The Toffees were only able to take a point from Nuno Espirito Santo’s recently-promoted Wolves last season, as the Molineux outfit fought back to salvage a draw in August before beating Silva’s men 3-1 at Goodison Park in February.
Everton and Wolves had not met each other in any competition for six years before Espirito Santo guided the Black Country side back into the top-flight, with the Blues last beating the Gold and Black clad outfit in 2011 (11v11), when goals by Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines overturned a Stephen Hunt penalty.
Hopes of a change of fortune and the record resetting this weekend have been somewhat boosted for Everton by news of who will referee Wolves’ trip to Merseyside, as the Premier League have confirmed that Anthony Taylor will be the man with the whistle on Sunday afternoon.
Assistants Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn and fourth official Mike Dean will join Taylor at Goodison Park, while Andy Holliday has been appointed as the VAR.
Taylor has officiated 30 Everton fixtures across all competitions since his Premier League debut, with the Toffees winning on 14 occasions and drawing six times (TransferMarkt).
The Blues last lost of Premier League fixture with the 40-year-old in charge in February 2018, but have not been beaten on home soil since West Ham United edged to a 3-2 win over the Merseyside outfit in March 2016.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, on the other hand, have not taken a win with Taylor in charge since a Marlon King own goal gifted the Molineux natives three points against Birmingham City in December 2012 (TransferMarkt), and are yet to win a Premier League fixture with the Manchester-born official in the middle.
The last away fixture Wolves won with the Cheshire resident in control also came more than a decade ago, when the Black Country side beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 in a Championship encounter at The Valley.
Taylor’s recent record in control of Everton and Wolves fixtures should offer Silva much hope that he can add a second win of the season to the board, after succumbing to defeat against Aston Villa last time out.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more Everton notifications!