Wolves put together a very good qualification campaign and now the business starts for them in the group stage. This is their first-ever group stage action in the Europa League. They kick things off with the visit of Braga, who like Wolves, came through their qualification campaign with a perfect record. Read our Wolves v Braga betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 15th, 2019 at 11:30 p.m.)
Wolves won all six of their qualification games as they compete in Europe for the first time in 39 years. This will be their seventh fixture against Portuguese opposition and from those previous fixtures, Wolves hold a W5 L1 record. Wolves have won all three of their previous home games against Portuguese visitors. It was a seventh-place finish in the Premier League that Wolves took last season to make it to the Europa League. They scored at least two goals in all six of their qualification matches. They are currently on a seven-match winning streak at Molineux in Europe. While they are winless in this season’s Premier League (D3 L2) Wolves have gotten their act together well in Europe.
This is the first meeting between Wolves and Braga
Portuguese side Braga are seasoned campaigners. Will that work to their advantage in this tie? Braga’s record against English opposition is W6 D2 L10. They have only won once in England (against Birmingham in the 2011/12 Europa League). The last time they paid a visit to England was a clash at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the 2012/13 Champions League group stage. Braga took a 2-0 lead in the game but lost 3-2.
Braga had to come through qualifying rounds to reach the main draw. They won all four of their games in their two ties against Brondby and Spartak Moscow. This is their fifth appearance in the Europa League group stage. They are undefeated in their last seven European away games now (W5 D2). They are W3 D6 L3 in Europa League group stage away wins.
We see enough in the threat of Braga to suggest that they can get on the scoresheet. It’s not as if the defence of Wolves has been great this season. Still, we expect the home win, but consider the both teams to score option as well.
17th September 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Wolves are still looking for their first league win of the season. Now they have successfully qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, will they be able to find their domestic form. Chelsea are still trying to find their way under Frank Lampard and are going to have a tricky task in front of them at Molineux. Read our Wolves v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2019 at 1:16 p.m.)
While they put on some impressive performances in their successful Europa League qualification campaign, Wolves have yet to get into gear in the Premier League. After drawing their opening three games, they slipped to a 3-2 loss at Everton in their final game before the international break. Both teams have scored in each of Wolves’ last three league fixtures. They are at least undefeated on home soil having drawn there with Manchester United and Burnley.
Raul Jiminez is their top scorer with two goals this season. They will be keen to get their first EPL win because. Wolves will go and play their first Europa League group stage proper match on Thursday against Sporting Braga. A huge positive is that Wolves are undefeated in their last ten league games at Molineux in the Premier League. Each of their last three have gone under 2.5 goals. Wolves will be missing Willy Boly who was sent off against Everton.
Wolves took four points against Chelsea last season in the EPL
Chelsea have lost two of their last three EPL trips to Wolves
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight league meetings
Just one of the last six league meetings have produced an away win
Chelsea are W1 D2 L1 this season. After their heavy loss against Manchester United on the opening weekend, they have at least strung together a three match undefeated streak. Their one success this season did happen out on the road, a 3-2 win at Norwich in a wide-open game. Just before the international break, they blew a 2-0 lead at home against Sheffield United to only end up with a draw. The only team to have conceded more league goals that Chelsea so far are Norwich, who are sitting second from bottom.
The Blues have major defensive issues which aren’t going to get fixed overnight. Tammy Abraham has scored two goals in each of his last two league games, so he has stepped up well. The only other player to score for Chelsea this season is Mason Mount, who has netted twice. Chelsea have a few injury concerns over Emerson, Pedro, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Defender Antonio Rudiger is getting closer to a return. Five of Chelsea’s six goals this season have come in the first half of games.
Wolves are going to have to get a little more focused on the domestic front. Nothing has really clicked there for them. But given that Chelsea’s defence has been so poor, Wolves may have a bit of room available in which to express themselves. They should be able to give a misfit Chelsea side a good run for their money. Home win.
13th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Neither Everton or Wolves look as if they have really gotten up to speed this season in the Premier League. The Toffees suffered a blow last weekend in a loss against her newly promoted Aston Villa. Wolves are still looking for their first league win over the season, their Europa League qualification campaign hampering their EPL form. Read our Everton v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Toffees have four points for the season following a draw against Crystal Palace and a narrow home win over Watford. Last weekend they paid a visit to the newly promoted Aston Villa and suffered a 2-0 loss. It was a game in which the Toffees were second best for good chunks of the fixture. So with just the one goal from their three games played, it hasn’t exactly happened for Everton yet. They did get a 4-2 midweek win at Lincoln in the EFL Cup, a game in which they actually sent out a fairly strong side.
They gave starts to Moise Kean, Fabian Delph and Alex Iwobe in midweek. They were sitting at 2-2 at Sincil Bank with twenty minutes to play before Iowbi and Richarlison spared their blushes against the League One side. So it’s hard to know what to make of them so far. On paper, they have a great squad. Each of their three league games this season have gone under 2.5 goals. In their one home game in the EPL this season, Bernard’s lone goal got the Toffees a 1-0 success over Watford.
Wolves claimed a 3-1 success at Everton last season in the EPL
It is a three-match undefeated streak that Wolves are on against the Toffees (W1 D2)
Everton have lost just one of their last six games against Wolves in the EPL (W2 D3 L1)
Four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Three games into the Premier League season and three draws for Wolves. Those have come against Leicester, Man Utd and Burnley. They have had a busy time of things though, juggling this Thursday night/Sunday rotation because of their Europa League qualification campaign. They haven’t really played all that well in the Premier League yet and have been a bit lucky to get their points from their last two.
Man Utd missed a penalty against them and then Raul Jiminez saved Wolves with a 97th-minute penalty at home against Burnley last weekend. The two goals then that Wolves have conceded in this seasons top-flight have come in the first half of games, they have scored their two goals after the halftime break. They need a little bit of a spark. Away from home in the last league campaign Wolves went W6 D5 L8. They have won just one of their last eight on the road in the top flight now.
Looking at the match outright market the draw has the most appeal. Wolves have drawn their three league games and have only looked at their best in short bursts. Everton have not found their top gear as an attacking unit yet. Draw.
30th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This tie is certainly living up to its top billing as Wolves earned a 3-2 win out in Italy. While this qualification campaign seems to be having a knock-on effect to the start of their Premier League form, will Wolves be able to rise to the occasion at Molineux on Thursday and reach the group stage of the Europa League? Torino have to come looking for goals. Read our Wolves v Torino betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 25th, 2019 at 8:28 p.m.)
Wolves have taken to the Europa League pretty well this season. They just can’t let it be a distraction from their Premier League duties. They hold a good advantage in this tie with their 3-2 win in Italy. That made it five wins from five for Wolves and have scored at least two goals in all of their matches in the competition this season.
Wolves have scored six unanswered goals at Molineux this season in the Europa League. Raul Jiminez has been on fire with a five-goal haul in the competition, with Diogo Jota chipping in with three. The key here could all be in those away goals. That was a fantastic return from them and sets them up nicely. With Torino having to come and score at least two goals on the night, Wolves should get chance themselves.
This tie is the first meeting between the two clubs
The Italians have some work to do then to pull themselves back into contention here. They aren’t down and out and their goals in the first leg will give them some hope. But the minimum of a 2-0 win is what they need. Do they have that in them? In this season’s Europa League they are W3 D1 L1, going winless in their last two.
They have scored at least two goals in four of their five games in the competition. But if you flip things around, Torino have one clean sheet in their last four only. In their Europa League campaign this season, they took a 4-1 win at Debrecen before a 1-1 draw at Shakhtyor in their road games. Andre Belotti has five goals in this season’s campaign, but unlike Wolves’ Jiminez who has the same tally, three of Belotti’s have been from the penalty spot.
Big pressure on both of these. Wolves haven’t clicked in the Premier League yet this season, but there is little wrong with their form in Europe. Wolves to win by a one-goal margin.
28th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Wolves once again look a very tidy, tight and organised side. They picked up a 1-1 draw against Man Utd on Monday to make it back to back draws at the start of the new Premier League season for them. Burnley have shown plenty of fighting spirit and were a bit unlucky to come away from the Emirates with a loss against Arsenal on the weekend. Read our Wolves v Burnley betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
Wolves have produced back-to-back draws at the start of the new Premier League season. Those fixtures were against Leicester and Manchester United. They have been battle-hardened already this season though because of their games in the Europa League qualifiers. So they have had plenty of game time under their belt.
Once again Wolves look as if they are a technically strong side and a team who are not going to give very much away at the back. They are going to be difficult for a lot of teams to handle, especially when they are on home soil. Wolves produced a W10 D4 L5 record at home in last season’s Premier League and they ended their season with a W3 D1 sequence at Molineux.
They do have some really classy players in their ranks with the likes of Rueben Neves (who scored a brilliant goal against Manchester United, Jota, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez. They perhaps haven’t quite been at their sharpest in front of goal yet in the top flight. Last season Wolves earned a clean sheet in 37% of their home games, scoring at an average of 1.5 per fixture.
The two traded home wins in the EPL last season
Burnley are W3 D2 L1 in their last six games against Wolves
Both teams have scored in one of the last four meetings
Burnley have failed to score in four of their last five trips to Molineux
Burnley have done something that Wolves have not done this season, and that is win a Premier League game. The Clarets opened the season with a bang in producing a 3-0 home win over Southampton. They were very competitive in their first away game of the season as well, despite a 2-1 loss at Arsenal. Burnley had enough chances in that to avoid defeat easily.
It just didn’t quite happen for them on the day. But there have been some very promising early signs from the Clarets. Last season in the Premier League they had a campaign to forget and so are looking forward to this bit of new positive energy to kick things off. They do always seem to be a better team in the relative comfort and safety of Turf Moor.
Burnley only managed four away wins last season (D5 L10) and so there is a clear improvement there which could happen. Burnley managed to take just one victory in their last five away games of the previous campaign. The Clarets barely averaged over a goal per game on their top-flight troubles. But with Ashley Barnes looking a real handful up front already they will go to Molineux full of self-belief.
Wolves are a very good, technical side are a joy to watch when they are on their game. This is probably going to be a tight duel. The Clarets have played with a bit of fire in their collective belly so far. But Wolves are a tough home side to break. Wolves to win.
23rd August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
A tough tie for Wolves in the playoff round of the Europa League. This is one of the worst ones that they could have gotten for themselves. For this first leg, the Premier League side make the trip to Italy where they are underdogs. Can they keep themselves alive for the second leg back on home soil? Read our Torino v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 18th, 2019 7:27 p.m.)
Torino found themselves starting their European season in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. That was after their seventh-place finish in Serie A last season. The Italians opened with a 7-1 aggregate win over Debrecen, before taking a 6-1 win over Shakhtyor. So it has been a pretty comfortable and easy ride for them so far in qualification as was expected.
They have scored eight goals in their two home games in Europe this season. This is their first return to European action since the 2014/15 Europa League where they were eliminated in the round of sixteen. They have a fine home record in Europe going as they are undefeated in their last nine Europa League home games, winning seven of those.
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs
Wolves do have a slight advantage in having played more games than Torino have done this season. The action in Serie A hasn’t started yet. Just like their Italian counterparts, Wolves have been cruising along nicely in Europe. They opened in the second qualifying round as well where they took a 6-1 aggregate win over Crusaders.
Wolves then posted an easy 8-0 aggregate success over Pyunik Yerevan after sending out a second string (mostly) for the second leg of that third qualifying round tie. Wolves have only shipped the one goal then in their four games played. This challenge is going to be on a different level to what they have faced so far. They probably wouldn’t be unhappy at a score draw out of this.
Both sides are going to have to show an equal bit of respect to one other in this tie. This looks as if it is going to be a really good contest over the two legs. Who can do more on home soil may just tip the balance in it. Torino can strike first and gain an advantage. Home win.
19th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Monday night’s EPL action comes along from Molineux as Wolves play host to Manchester United. Wolves felt aggrieved at VAR ruling out a winning goal for them at Leicester last weekend. Manchester United meanwhile ran rampant at home in a big victory over Chelsea. Can they follow up with an away success? Read our Wolves v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man United 5/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.)
If VAR wasn’t around this season in the Premier League than Wolves would have three points in the bag. They hit the back of the net out at Leicester last weekend but then the strike was ruled out after a long delay because of an accidental handball. So they have to move on from that and just be happy with their point and a clean sheet away from home at the very least. Last season Wolves took a 2-1 home win over United in both the Premier League and the FA Cup. Can they make it three in a row against them?
Wolves do look a good side and they have had plenty of matches already because of playing in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. So match sharpness is not a problem for them. At Molineux last season in the top flight Wolves took a W10 D4 L5 record. They earned a very good W5 D2 L2 record at home against the other top ten finishers, the two losses happening against Liverpool and Spurs. So they do know how to handle themselves. Just 37% of league games at Molineux last season returned at over 2.5 goals.
Wolves beat Man Utd in the league and FA Cup at Molineux last season
Manchester United are winless in three games against Wolves now
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings
7 of the last 8 meetings have made it over 2.5 goals
The Red Devils romped to a 4-0 home win over Chelsea in their opening game of the new season. That was after looking second best for most of the first half. Anyway, this game is not likely to be anywhere near as open as that one was. There was little defensive output from either team on the day, but the Red Devils are likely going to have to be a lot more patient against a very well organised Wolves. Because of that, it should make for a really intriguing game.
Last season United collected a W9 D3 L7 record on their travels and their away form did collapse at the end of the campaign. United lost three of their last four away games (D1) and one of those was at Wolves. The Red Devils will be happy their attack did deliver against Chelsea, but the Blues were pretty much non-existent defensively. Marcus Rashford got a brace last weekend and is the 7/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.). This may well be their first stern test of the new campaign.
Wolves are more than capable of posing the Red Devils some problems in this one. They may well get to dominate the midfield area and they are not going to be as defensively slack as Chelsea were against United last weekend. The draw in the match outright looks a pretty solid option.
17th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Wolves are going to be able to take things easy and not even bother sending out a full-strength team for this game. They are 4-0 up in the tie and are likely just going to cruise through to the playoff round. Their Armenian opponents probably know the jig is up. Read our Wolves v Pyunik betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 8:04 p.m.)
It was a romp for Wolves in the first leg of third qualifying round tie of the Europa League. Should they complete the job successfully then they are going to go through to potentially face Italian side Torino in the playoff round. Two goals from Raul Jimenez, an opener from Matt Doherty and then a penalty in the final minute from Ruben Neves has left Wolves fully in control of this tie.
With the Premier League just having started up, there’s no need to throw too much at this second leg. Incidentally, Wolves played out a 0-0 draw at Leicester on the weekend in their first Premier League game. That’s four games played in total this season from Wolves in all competitions, three of them have been on the road. Their one home game saw them beat Crusaders 2-0 at Molineux in the second qualifying round. It’s just one goal they have conceded in their four games.
The first leg was the first meeting between the teams
Yerevan side Pyunik are sliding out of the competition then it would seem. They have already had some interesting ties. They opened with a 5-4 aggregate win in the first round over Shkupi before edging Jablonec 2-1 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. But they were just blown away by much higher quality opposition in the form of Wolves. Pyunik’s record over their last nine Europa League games is W3 D3 L3. If you focus on only their away games, then the feedback isn’t good news for them. They have lost five of their last eight Europa League road games (W2 D1).
We can just see this as being a low key game with Wolves probably making plenty of changes to their starting eleven from the weekend. Because of that, we’ll have a look at a slow start leading to parity at the break before the visitors run out of steam and Wolves win.
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
It has already been a busy start to the new season for Wolves because of their participation in the Europa League. It’s down to Premier League business on the weekend and after a tremendous 7th place finish, expectations are high. So too at Leicester who have one of the most exciting young squads in the top flight. Read our Leicester v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 8th, 2019 at 5:49 p.m.)
The Foxes took a top ten finish in the Premier League last season. It was a solid enough campaign from them and with the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, are looking forward. It’s a talented young squad that they have, can the manager get the best out of it? Leicester put up a home record of W8 D3 L8 so their output at the King Power can be improved upon.
They did lose just one of their final six home fixtures last season which included a draw against Chelsea and a win over Arsenal. The Foxes scored an average of 1.3 goals per game last term on home turf, taking a clean sheet in a third of matches. Six of their eight home wins were by a margin of at least two goals.
They have managed to keep Youri Tielemans permanently, which is a superb addition. Ayoze Perez has come over from Newcastle as well. They still have the running and goals of Jamie Vardy to rely on. After a good start was made by Rodgers when he joined up last season, it should be a good season ahead for the Foxes.
The two traded home wins in the league last season
Leicester also won a penalty shoot-out in the EFL Cup against Wolves
Each of the last four league clashes have produced a home win
Five of the last eight league meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Nuno Espirito-Santo guided Wolves to that tremendous seventh-place finish in the top flight last season, their first campaign back up in the top flight. There will be some big pressure on them to try and match that. The slightly strange thing about their season was they that they more than handled themselves against the top teams, but time and against failed to deliver away from home against teams in the bottom third.
Their overall away record was W6 D5 L8 and they averaged a goal per game out on the road. Just 37% of the away games that Wolves were involved in made it over 2.5 goals. In total, they grabbed a clean sheet in just 11% of their away fixtures. Wolves have had the benefit of some playing time because of their Europa League qualification campaign.
Will, that help them be ready for the start of the Premier League in what is a difficult away opener? The problem for Wolves is that they are no longer a surprise package and have to deal with the often difficult second-season syndrome. They have a pretty decent attack and they have added Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan to boost their output as well.
This should be a good open game between two energetic sides. Wolves like to get on the front foot and will perhaps be dialled in thanks to their Europa League games. But Leicester at home shouldn’t be an easy proposition for the visitors to handle. The Foxes, with the King Power support, may be able to get their first points of the season on the board. Home win.
9th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Wolves step forward into the third qualifying round of the Europa League and they are red hot favourites to get a win on the board in this home leg. Will this be as comfortable for the English Premier League side against their Armenian opponents as the bookies think? Read our Pyunik v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 5th, 2019 at 10:15 p.m.)
Armenian side Pyunik who play out of Yerevan, started in the first qualifying round of this season’s Europa League. They went up against Skhupi there and in a high-scoring tie, progressed 5-4 on aggregate. That put them through to the second qualifying round where they took on Jablonec and there the Armenians won 2-1 on aggregate. So steady progress from them so far.
In their last eight Europa League games, they are W3 D3 L2, which have all been qualification matches. They have never been past the third qualifying round of a UEFA competition, which is where they fell last season against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Pyunik have a little bit of European home form going.
They are undefeated in their last five home games in UEFA Competition, losing in just one of their last nine (W4 D4 L1). They have three clean sheets in their last five home European games. They were runners up in the Armenian Premier League last season.
This is the first meeting between the two clubs
Wolves posted a 6-1 aggregate win over Northern Ireland’s Crusaders in the second qualifying round. That was their point of entry for the season’s campaign. Because they haven’t played in Europe since the early 1980s before this campaign, there is nothing really to look back at for current trends. Jota scored a goal in each leg of their tie against Crusader, which Raul Jimenez got himself a brace away from home in the second leg.
Jimenez was their big summer signing from Benfica, so he’s off to a good start. This is now the extra burden of having qualified for Europe thanks to their seventh-place finish in the Premier League last term. Thursday night games can be diffiicult and this one is right ahead of their first Premier League game of the season on Sunday against Leicester.
You would imagine that if Wolves get a couple of goals ahead then they will ease back knowing the job is done. They will want something in the tank for their Premier League opener out on the road at Leicester. Wolves are good enough to take a win to nil.
7th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting