Appearing to show no signs of a struggle with having to deal with both European and domestic duties, Wolves now find themselves within touching distance of securing a spot in the group stage of this year’s Europa League.
Securing an empathic 8-0 aggregate victory over Armenian outfit Pyunik thanks to back-to-back 4-0 wins, Nuno Espírito Santo’s free-scoring side have now recorded 14 goals in just their four Europa League qualifying matchups this summer.
Making the trip to Italy on Thursday night, Wolves are not the only side who have enjoyed a string of high-scoring European encounters during qualifying.
With Torino landing a 6-1 aggregate victory over Belarus’ Shakhtyor last week and building off a 7-1 demolishing of Hungarian outfit Debrecen, you will be interested to know that six of the eight combined European matches between Thursday’s opponents have produced over 3.5 goals. A similar result at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino can be found at 11/4 with SkyBet.
Walter Mazzarri calling for Torino improvements
Although Torino’s free-scoring antics during qualifying may have impressed many around Turin, the former Watford boss has called for his side to make some real improvements before they take a huge step up in opposition on Thursday.
Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw away at little-known Shakhtyor, Mazzarri said:
“We’ll have to give our best, regardless of who our opponents are. Given we’ll play the first leg at home, it’ll be important not to concede a goal. Certainly, we’ll have to do better defensively than we did today.”
While the Torino boss might be calling for some defensive improvements, I Granata do hold a stellar record on home soil, particularly while on European duty.
The hosts have recorded three consecutive victories at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and have remarkably kept eight clean sheets in their nine Europa League matches in Turin.
Elsewhere, one man who has continued to spearhead Torino’s European charge over the summer and will lead the line on Thursday is attacking talisman, Andrea Belotti.
Previously linked with a move to Premier League Arsenal, the 25-year-old marksman has already recorded four Europa League goals in as many appearances and can be found at 13/10 with Ladbrokes to extend that tally in midweek.
Wolves’ special summer continues
Battling back to snatch a point off of Manchester United on Monday night, Wolves appear to be showing no signs of a struggle with having to deal with both European and top-flight obligations.
With Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo praising his sides resolve at Molineux earlier in the week and insuring his side are relishing the new challenges this season, Wolves are also seen as a clear favourite with the bookmakers to clinch qualification off of their Italian opponents.
The Oranges are already priced as low as 8/13 with William Hill to come out on top over two legs.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Santo’s squad in midweek will be who will lead the line for the Premier League outfit.
While new £23million arrival Patrick Cutrone was given his first full debut against Pyunik last week, leading goalscorer Raul Jiménez is likely to retain his spot following on from Monday’s 1-1 draw.
Much like Belotti, the Mexican international also has four Europa League goals to his name and is pencilled in at 15/8 with Bet365 to once again find the net out in Italy.
On the flip side, while Wolves’ Portuguese boss may have a number of attacking options at his disposal for their trip to Italy on Thursday, Santo looks set to be without attack-minded full-back Matt Doherty.
With the Ireland international limping off against United and unable to feature in the second-half, it appears that pacey winger Adama Traore will likely fit into Wolves starting XI on Thursday.