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