Wolves have played themselves into a good position in Group K having won their last two matches. They need to keep their momentum going though because things are still tight in the race for qualification. Bratislava would jump above Wolves by a point if they could come up with a win at Molineux. Read our Wolves v Slovan Bratislava betting tips for more.
Slovan Bratislava 17/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 5th, 2019 at 7:48 p.m.)
Can Wolves make it three wins in a row in the group? It was a 2-1 win in Bratislava that they took on Matchday Three to set themselves up in this good position. Considering that they lost their opening group stage game at home against Braga, it has been a good recovery by the Premier League side. This will be their first-ever home game against a Slovakian side and they will want to make it count.
Wolves won all six of their qualifiers this season to get to the group stage. Their Matchday One loss against Braga snapped a seven-match home winning streak that they were on in Europe since they lost to Spurs back in the 1972 UEFA Cup Final first leg. They are holding a two-point advantage over Bratislava so would really leave themselves in a commanding position if they complete the double. Diogo Jota is suspended for Wolves who have been level at half time in two of their three Europa League games.
The Matchday Three meeting was the first encounter between the two sides
Bratislava can’t afford a slip up in this one. They are W1 D1 L1 in the group so far. The Slovakian champions collected a home win over Besiktas on Matchday One and then came from behind twice to grab a 2-2 draw at Braga. So they have at least been delivering in front of goal which will keep a certain degree of confidence on their side. A win in the West Midlands would massively boost their qualification hopes.
They started this season in the Champions League qualifiers but lost in the first round on penalties to Sutjeska. But they battled their way through the Europa League qualifiers to reach the group stage for the third time. In their two previous group stage campaigns, Bratislava yielded just one point in both campaigns. Their Matchday One win over Besiktas saw them snap a nine-match losing streak in the competition. Their draw at Braga on Matchday Two snapped a six-match losing streak in group stage away games.
Bratislava have been scoring in the group, so it is worth having a look at both teams to score on the night. Still, Wolves look to be the ones with the extra quality and they should come up with the home win. Wolves to win & both teams to score.
6th November 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Wolves got themselves an important win last time out against Besiktas, which got them up and running in the group. They have another tough away night in Europe on Thursday as they visit Bratislava. The Slovakians are sitting one point above Wolves in the group. So this is a big game in the push for the top two. Read our Slovan Bratislava v Wolves betting tips for more.
Slovan Bratislava 4/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 21st, 2019 at 10:43 p.m.)
The Slovakian champions collected a 4-2 home win over Besiktas to kick off their campaign. They netted their last two in stoppage time in the fight. Then they had some work to do at Braga, as twice Slovan fought back from a goal behind to pick up a draw. That stand out is that they have been scoring goals, six in total in their two fixtures. Will they be able to trouble Wolves? Slovan have conceded exactly two goals in both group games so far.
Their win over Besiktas snapped a huge nine-match losing streak in Europa League group stage games that Slovan were on. To be fair their most recent campaign before this was back in 2010/11. Slovan’s record at home against English teams is W2 D2 L1 and have lost all five of their visits to England. Slovan have taken a win in 10 of their 14 European home games (D3 L1).
This is the first meeting between the two clubs
Wolves were upset on home soil in their Europa League group stage debut as they crashed against Braga. But they were able to redeem themselves as they made the trip to Istanbul to face Besiktas in their second game. Willy Boly popped up with a late goal for them to give Wolves a previous 1-0 win.
That maintained Wolves’ winning streak on the road in Europe this season, making it four wins from four (including qualification). In their four road games in this season’s competition, Wolves have tallied up a great return of 11 goals, conceding only two. Wolves won all six of their qualification matches and only that blip against Braga has gone against them. This is the first time that Wolves have faced a Slovakian club.
This is a game which will probably end up being a low scoring one. Slovan have been scoring, but Wolves are no mugs at the defensive side of the game and can hold the hosts at bay. The extra quality is there for Wolves who have impressed out on the road in the Europa League. Wolves to win by a one-goal margin.
24th October 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Wolves will face Turkish opposition for the first time in their history in this fixture. This is a tough away game for Wolves after losing their opening game of the group stage against Braga. Besiktas also suffered a loss in their opener as they blew a halftime lead against Slovan Bratislava. Read our Besiktas v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2019 at 2:17 p.m.)
Besiktas have had plenty of experience against English sides in their history. This will be their 21st such fixture. They have taken a win in only six of those previous 20 though (D5 L9). But there is a positive trend for them at home against English teams in the Europa League specifically. They have won all three previous such matches.
The most recent of those was a 1-0 success over Liverpool in the 2014/15 round of 32. From their 31 previous Europa League group stage matches, Besiktas have taken a W15 D8 L8. They have a superb record of W9 D3 L3 at home in Europa League group stage matches. However, two of the three defeats in that sequence happened last season.
The two clubs have never met before in UEFA competition
Wolves made their Europa League group stage debut two weeks ago and it wasn’t a joyful occasion. They lost 1-0 against the experienced Portuguese side Braga. So a rough start and now picking up the pieces away from home isn’t going to be an easy thing for them to pull off. They did go well in qualifying to reach the group stage, winning all six of their matches.
They scored at least two goals in each. Out on the road they netted ten goals in their matches, conceding just two goals. On the weekend Wolves managed to get their first Premier League win of the season, beating Watford 2-0. So that will have boosted their confidence, but still, this is a tricky trip to Turkey for them.
Wolves face a tough game here. Besiktas have a decent home record in the Europa League and are not going to be a pushover. Wolves may well have to settle for just the point out of this clash, which will at least get a little momentum going.
1st October 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
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
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
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
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
Wolves are comfortable in this second qualifying round tie against Crusaders. The English EPL side collected a 2-0 home success in the first leg. It’s off to Northern Ireland then on Thursday night as they try and close out the deal. Can the Crusaders come up with something special to thwart them? Read our Crusaders v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 8.18 p.m.)
Crusaders had no joy in the opening leg of this tie. They did put up some good resistance it has to be said though as they tried to dig in and keep themselves competitive. There was not a lot from the Hatchetmen in attack though. That was their fourth defeat in their last seven European fixtures (W2 D1). The two wins recorded in that sequence of games was in the first qualifying round of this season’s campaign. They took a 2-0 and a 3-2 win over B36 Torshavn there. Crusaders were on a sequence of having lost five straight European ties prior to that success. They are going to have to come up with something really special here. Crusaders are W2 L3 in their last five home games in European competition.
The first leg was the first meeting between the two clubs
Wolves will be happy with their spoils form the first leg of this tie. This is the first venture into Europe for the Midlands club since the early 1980’s. They were always expected to be on top in this tie and it was Jota in the first half and Ruben Vinagre in the final minute of the game who got the goals for the English side. They bossed possession, earning 80% of it in the match.
Pre-season rustiness and stubborn resistance combined to keep the score down in the game. They won’t be bothered about running up a big scoreline in this one. They will just keep doing what they did in the first leg, knowing that they are unlikely to be threatened too much by their opponents. It’s about getting some important playing time and match sharpness going for what are likely to be tougher challenges ahead.
We expect pretty much the same pattern in this one. The Crusaders are not likely to see enough of the ball to do any damage to Wolves. Wolves don’t need to bust a gut for any reason in this with a comfortable lead. Wolves to win to nil.
29th July 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting