After winning promotion to the Premier League in convincing fashion in the 2017/18 season, many believed Wolves would have no problems adjusting to the top flight.
With players such as Ruben Neves, Helder Costa and Willy Boly in their side, they already had the quality of a squad that could more than compete in the top flight and added to it with Rui Patricio, Jony and Joao Moutinho, further adding to the quality in the side.
Their shrewd signings, combined with the talent already at Molineux, made it a real stretch to call them dark horses in the Premier League at the start of the season, with nearly everybody expecting them to be safe from relegation.
However, a seventh-placed finish may well have been beyond expectations of even the most optimistic Wolves fan, with a top-10 finish being more than acceptable for a side in their first season back in the top flight.
Despite that, it seems as if they are well and truly set for a finish in seventh place this term after beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker secured a third successive win for Nuno’s side, who have also found their shooting boots in recent weeks, scoring 10 goals during those victories.
The win has now put five points between Wolves and ninth-placed Everton in the Premier League table, while there are four points between the Molineux outfit and Watford, who now occupy eighth.
Facing Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City in each of their next four fixtures in the Premier League, Wolves will be feeling confident of taking another strong return of points from their next four games.
It is perhaps a strong reason for why they are now priced as 4/5 favourites with BetVictor to finish seventh this season, thus winning the tag of ‘best of the rest’. With one Europa League spot already virtually guaranteed to 6th place after Manchester City and Chelsea made the final, the 7th-placed would earn a place in Europe next year if either they, City, Chelsea or Manchester United win the FA Cup next term.
Behind Wolves in the market are Everton at 5/1, while Watford are 6/1. Elsewhere, Leicester (10/1), West Ham (10/1) and Bournemouth (16/1) are all other contenders to be ‘the best of the rest’ outside the top six.
Full Premier League Winner W/O Top Six Odds:
- Wolves at 4/5 with BetVictor
- Everton at 5/1 with BetVictor
- Watford at 6/1 with BetVictor
- Leicester at 10/1 with BetVictor
- West Ham at 10/1 with BetVictor
- Bournemouth at 16/1 with BetVictor