Wolves cruised to a 3-0 Premier League win over Everton to keep their Champions League hopes alive as Aston Villa claimed a crucial victory in the battle for survival.
Wolves brushed aside Everton 3-0 at Molineux on Sunday with new boy Daniel Podence shining on his first Premier League start for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
The Portuguese, who joined the club from Olympiakos in January, was brought down for a penalty which Raul Jimenez converted for his 25th goal in all competitions this season just before the break.
Wolves 3-0 Everton Player ratings
Wolves: Rui Patricio (6); Boly (6), Coady (6), Saiss (6); Doherty (7), Ruben Neves (8), Dendoncker (7), Jonny (6); Neton (7), Jimenez (8), Podence (9)
Subs: Jota (7), Traore (7)
Everton: Pickford (5); Baines (6), Mina (6), Keane (5), Digne (7); Walcott (5), Davies (6), Sigurdsson (5), Gordon (6); Calvert-Lewin (6), Richarlison (6)
Subs: Coleman (6), Branthwaite (6), Iwobi (6), Kean (6), Bernard (6)
Man of the match: Daniel Podence
Wolves made three changes from their loss to Sheffield United with Adama Traore only fit enough for the bench, while there was a first league start for Daniel Podence and Joao Moutinho also dropped to the bench with Leander Dendoncker starting in midfield.
Everton also made three changes from the 1-1 draw against Southampton with Leighton Baines drafted in for just his fourth start of the season, while Theo Walcott made is first appearance since the restart and Gylfi Sigurdsson replaced the injured Andre Gomes.
- Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez has scored with all six of the penalties he has taken in the Premier League; only Yaya Touré (11), Dimitar Berbatov (9), Jan Mølby (7) and Rickie Lambert (7) have a better 100% ratio in the competition
- Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their last 17 away games in the Premier League, conceding at least two goals in 10 of these fixtures
- When facing sides starting the day in the top half, Everton have won just three of their last 32 Premier League away games (D10 L19)
Watch Highlight: Wolves vs Everton 3-0
Wolves travel to Burnley on Wednesday (6pm) and then host Crystal Palace four days later (Monday July 20, kick-off 8.15pm), before concluding their season with a visit to Chelsea (Sunday July 26, kick-off 4pm).
Meanwhile, Everton entertain struggling Aston Villa on Thursday, live on Sky Sports (6pm), before facing a tough-looking trip to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday July 20 (kick-off 6pm) and then they bring their campaign to a finish with a home clash against relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday July 26.