Thursday 22 August: 8pm KO
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Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a busy start to the new season. This is their eighth competitive fixture of the new season. They only played Manchester United on Monday evening and three days later take on Serie A side Torino. Their opponents meanwhile are yet to start their new league season and have an impressive home record.
Playing three games a week at this early stage of the season isn’t an easy task. Wolverhampton Wanderers have that schedule at present and if they make it to the group stages of the Europa League, it’ll continue for a while. The odds on Wolves winning this tie are 8/13 (1.61) at SkyBet.
Finishing seventh in the Premier League last season was enough to qualify Wolves for this competition. It’s not been the hardest of tasks so far but if they want to play in the group stages, they need to beat Serie A club Torino. It’s 2/1 (3.0) at BetVictor that they win this match on Thursday.
Compared to their previous opponents in the qualifying rounds, this is a major step up in class for Wolves. They started off with a tie against Northern Ireland’s Crusaders. They won that 4-1 on aggregate, though they did trail in the away leg. Up next for them were FC Pyunik who were easily beaten 8-0 on aggregate with two 4-0 home wins. Raul Jiminez has been in good scoring form for them so far in the Europa League. He’s 9/5 (3.4) to score in this game if your bet is placed with Ladbrokes.
At least Wolves were able to rest a fair few players for the second leg of the Pyunik tie. Monday saw them back in action in the Premier League. They probably wished the game had been played on Sunday considering the upcoming Europa League game just three days later.
Wolves came from behind to get a 1-1 draw with United but could easily have lost the game. That’s two straight draws in the Premier League. Their next game is on Sunday at home to Burnley. Perhaps they can have a chat with them about how it’s difficult to be winning Premier and Europa League games in early season.
Torino also finished seventh in their domestic league last season. They could have finished in the Champions League places but for all their draws. The Italian club drew 15 league games last season and only lost seven. The only team to lose less league games than them last term was champions Juventus. It’s 9/4 (3.25) at Sportingbet that this game ends all-square.
This is their first time in the Europa League since 2015. They have also had to play two qualifying rounds to get this far. Neither of their opponents have come anywhere near troubling Torino. The second qualifying round saw them up against Debrecen, who they beat 7-1 on aggregate. The goals continued to flow with a 6-1 aggregate victory over Shakhytor. You can get odds of 11/8 (2.37) at William Hill on them winning this tie.
Torino haven’t started their domestic league season yet. That means they have been lucky enough to have a week between fixtures. They are unbeaten in their last six games and at home have gone eight without defeat. The goals have been flowing on home soil with at least three goals scored in each of their last five games. The odds on them beating Wolves on Thursday are 5/4 (2.25) at Bet365.
This is the first time the two clubs have played each other.
Matt Doherty is likely to miss this game after being injured against Manchester United on Monday. Wolves may again rotate their squad with another Premier League game due on Sunday afternoon.
This is the toughest task either of these clubs have had in these qualifying rounds. Wolves have a busy fixture schedule and are unlikely to play their strongest line-up. Torino have a less hectic schedule and an impressive home record. A bet on Torino winning this game and over 1.5 goals being scored has odds of 2/1 (3.0) when betting at Coral.