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Rafael Benitez can understand why Everton supporters are growing frustrated as he targeted a return to winning ways at Wolves in Monday's Premier League clash.

Since a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on October 2 that lifted them into the top four, Everton have slipped to successive home losses at the hands of West Ham and Watford.

Those defeats have seen the Toffees slip to ninth, but they could potentially climb as high as fifth should they win their game in hand at Molineux.

Fans made their displeasure known after the loss to Watford last time out and Benitez accepts it is now down to him to get his side's season back on track.

"Football is very emotional so you can understand the frustration," said Benitez, whose appointment was a controversial one given his Liverpool links.

"I was really disappointed after the game so you can understand the frustration of the fans and what we have to do.

"My job is to be sure we analyse what is going on and try to find the solutions. We are working on that and this is just part of the job."

Wolves were pegged back by Leeds late on in a 1-1 draw in their most recent match, ending a run of three successive victories in the Premier League.

Bruno Lage can be pleased with his side's form, though, and the Portuguese is hoping that continues heading into a grueling run of fixtures through to the new year.

"It's going to be a hard period for everyone; I have that experience from the past," he said. "We had that vision in the beginning, we tried to plan and organise our squad.

"We must work like little ants to win the most points we can. It's better to arrive in that period, with games coming fast, being comfortable and with more points than we have now."

Wolves - Hwang Hee-chan

South Korea international Hwang has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances since joining Wolves on loan from RB Leipzig in August.

Should he net against Everton he will become the fastest Wolves player to score five times, twice as fast as next-quickest pair Carl Cort and Kevin Doyle (14 games).

Everton - Demarai Gray

Gray assisted a goal for Everton in their loss to Watford and has now been directly involved in five goals in nine Premier League games for the club.

The former Leicester City winger has been used from the beginning in each of those matches, making this his best run of starts in the competition.

- Wolves have won just one of their last six home Premier League games against Everton (D3 L2), a 3-0 victory in July 2020.

- Everton won home and away against Wolves last season and are looking to secure three consecutive league victories against them for the first time since a run of eight between 1964 and 1970.

- Wolves have won just one of their 10 Premier League home games played on Monday (D3 L6), beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in July 2020.

- Everton have lost their last two Premier League matches but have not lost three in a row since October/November 2020 under Carlo Ancelotti.

- In what was his 349th Premier League game in charge, a side managed by Benitez conceded five goals in a game for the first time in Everton's 5-2 defeat to Watford. Everton have not shipped five goals in back-to-back league games since September 1948 against Portsmouth and Birmingham City.

Updated October 31, 2021

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