Thursday 29 August: 7.45pm KO
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Wolverhampton Wanderers are only one game away from the group stages of the Europa League. Whether that is a good thing or not is a major question. The Premier League side won the first leg of this play-off round tie against Serie A’s Torino 3-2. That means their opponents have to score at least twice to have any chance of winning the tie.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are in a strong position going into the second leg of this Europa League play-off tie. It’s been a busy few weeks for the Premier League club and this is their ninth competitive game of the season and it’s not even the end of August yet. The odds on them winning this match on Thursday are 5/6 (1.83) if your wager is placed at Betfred.
They have had to fight their way through two qualifying rounds before this tie against Torino. Their opponents weren’t of the highest quality with Crusaders and Pyunik both disposed of with relative ease. Torino were always going to be their toughest opponents but last week Wolves went to Italy and came away with a 3-2 win. That makes it 11 goals scored in their last three Europa League matches. That’s compared to the two scored in the same number of Premier League matches this season.
Wolves took the lead in the first leg thanks to an own goal in the 43rd minute. Diogo Jota doubled their lead in the 58th mnute but Torino got a goal back just three minutes later. In-form Raul Jiminez made it 3-1 with his fifth goal of this Europa League campaign. He’s 5/4 at William Hill to score in this second leg. 3-1 was a commanding lead indeed, however Torino breathed some life back into their Europa League campaign with an 89th minute penalty.
A 3-2 lead means Wolves could afford to lose this game 1-0 or 2-1 and still go through on away goals. They have only conceded three goals so far in five Europa League games and none at home. It’s 7/5 (2.4) at Betfair that they keep a clean sheet in this match.
Is qualifying for the group stages good for Wolves though? It’s more games to play, especially if also doing well in the Carabao Cup. Both Everton and Burnley have had poor Premier League starts alongside Europa League games. It’s noticeable that Wolves have begun their Premier League campaign with three draws in a row and are 15th in the table. You can get odds of on this match aganst Torino being drawn.
The Italian team only started their Serie A campaign at the weekend. They bounced back from their loss to Wolves with a 2-1 home win over Sassuolo. Andrea Belotti was again on target for Torino, having also scored in the first leg of this tie. He’s scored five goals for Torino in this season’s Europa League. You can get odds of 2/1 (3.0) on him netting in this match.
Torino have only won one of their last three away games in this competition. This season, they have won 4-1 at Debrecen but were held to a 1-1 draw by Shakhtor. It’s 12/5 (3.4) at Bet365 that this match ends all-square. Away form in Serie A last season was a problem with only two of their last 13 games on the road producing a win.
The first leg of this tie is the only previous meeting between Torino and Wolves. There are odds of 17/20 (1.85( at Paddy Power on both team scoring in this game, as was the case in Italy.
Both sides are again expected to make changes for this game as they continue their squad rotation.
Wolves should be able to clinch their spot in the Europa League group stages. Whether their squad can handle that remains to be seen. A bet on a draw in this game with both teams scoring is available at 4/1 (5.0) at BetVictor.