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As Wolverhampton look to make noise in their return to the Premier League, Everton hope another coaching change will help them crack the top-six.

The two clubs kick-off their seasons on Saturday at the Molineux.

Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2011-12, after winning the Championship by nine points over Cardiff last season.

"We want to keep on growing and getting better," manager Nuno Espirito Santo told Wolverhampton's official website. "We know what we want and at the right moment our fans will know.

"We realized what it's meant, for not just the club, but the city. It's the surroundings and the people, it's making our fans feel proud to wear the shirt."

Though many pundits believe Wolverhampton not only have the talent to survive in the Premier League but also contend for a top-10 finish, the club is simply looking at this as a new beginning.

"Things are changing, we a have a big challenge in front of us," Espirito Santo added. "We go there motivated and will do OK."

No team scored more goals in the Championship than Wolverhampton's 82, with Diogo Jota leading the way with 17. Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho should provide an obvious boost after coming over from Monaco for a reported £5 million fee.

"It's moving, it's growing, it's building," Espirito Santo said.

Everton, meanwhile, will try again to rate themselves with the Manchesters, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham as the league's elite. They finished eighth last season, with Burnley even surpassing them in both the Premier League table and overall progress.

Ronald Koeman was sacked in October and Sam Allardyce kept the club afloat and even improved their status by season's end. Now, it's former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva's turn to try to elevate the Toffees into the top ranks of the league - as Roberto Martinez did earlier in the decade.

"If he's not already one of the best coaches in the world, he will go on to become one," newcomer Richarlison told The Guardian this week. "I think he will win titles with Everton."

Richarlison, who scored five goals for Watford last season, hopes to help Silva do just that as he gets set to make his debut for Everton this weekend.

The Wayne Rooney experiment has ended, but Oumar Niasse should team with Richarlison to form a serviceable duo up front. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye provide a solid pair in the midfield.

Coming off a strong performance at the World Cup for England, Jordan Pickford begins his second season with the Toffees after making 121 saves in 2017-18.

The talent is definitely there for Everton to improve their position from a season ago, but consistency remains the question.

"The manager has brought in his ideas and we are working a lot (to understand and apply them)," Sigurdsson told Everton's official website.

"You always want to improve and do better, and we are all determined to have a better start than last year. It's such a great place, a really great club. We have a really good squad and we all get along. And we are really looking forward to the new season."

Updated August 9, 2018

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