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Wolverhampton Wanderers have finally kick-started their season. They spent the opening months qualifying for the Europa League group stages. Back in the English Premier League though, they went to matchday seven before getting their first victory. Form has improved over the past few weeks and it’ll need to as they travel to Slovan Bratislava.
Wolves start this Europa League game in third place in the group. Two games have produced three points which leaves them a point behind leaders Slovan Bratislava and beneath Braga due to their home loss to them. Wolves are still the favourites to win the group though with odds of 1/1 (2.0) at BetVictor. Don’t expect those odds to get any better if Wolves win this game. Then again, if they were to lose….
Their season has been split into several sections. There was the achievement of qualifying for the group stages, unlike Southampton, West Ham and Burnley in recent years. However, they found themselves in the Premier League relegation zone after going six games without a win. If you want to have a slightly different betting experience, go to Betbull to make your wager.
Of those six fruitless games, Wolves only lost two of them. They did manage draws with Leicester City, Manchester United, Burnley and Crystal Palace. It’s 11/4 (3.75) at Paddy Power that this game ends all-square.
The last few weeks have seen Wolves finally win in the Premier League. Wins have came against Watford (expected) and away at Manchester City (bang goes the coupon). In the Europa League, this group began with a 1-0 loss at home to Braga. They bounced back with a 1-0 win away at Besiktas with the winner coming in the 93rd minute. The odds on Wolves winning this game are 4/6 (1.66) at Unibet.
Slovan are 11/2 (6.5) at Betfair to win this group. Those odds will shrink if they can win this game to go four points clear of Wolves. Racism is sadly alive and well in Slovakia and this game was supposed to be being played behind closed doors. However, clever Slovan used a loophole and sold all their tickets to schools so there’ll be 21,000 attending.
Just as their opponents needed a late goal to win their match, Slovan did the same in their opening match. It was 2-2 at home to Besiktas until the visitors conceded in the 93rd and 94th minutes. You can get odds of 1/1 at William Hill that the second half is the highest scoring one.
Bratislava drew their second game 2-2 at Braga. This time it was an 87th minute own goal that saved them. They come into this game unbeaten in their last nine matches The last four at home have been won but only one of their last seven home Europa League games have been won. A trip to Ladbrokes will see you receive odds of 4/1 (5.0) on them beating Wolves.
Under 2.5 Goals?
The last seven Wolves games have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. If you think it’s going to become eight, then it’s 10/11 (1.91) at Coral.
Wolves are again likely to make changes for this game, but no wholesale ones.
Wolves have made big strides in the past few weeks. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for them but they are capable of better. Slovan have conceded four goals in their two games, so Wolves are likely to get on the scoresheet. A Wolves win and under 2.5 goals has odds of 8/5 (2.6) at Betfred.