Turning their attention back to the Europa League and looking to gain an early advantage on Thursday night, Premier League outfit Wolves will host La Liga strugglers Espanyol at Molineux.
While the Oranges may have played out back-to-back 0-0 stalemates against Leicester and Manchester United, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men have continued on what has been a free-scoring run in this year’s tournament. Including a 4-0 victory over Besiktas during the festive period, Wolves are unbeaten in their last five Europa League outings, winning four of those contests.
On the flip side, while Espanyol may have managed to snatch a point off of Sevilla over the weekend, it does not cover what has been an abysmal campaign for the struggling Spanish outfit.
Still sat at the foot of the La Liga table and remarkably seen as one of the leading contenders to drop out of Spain’s top-flight this year, fans around Catalonia have seen their side land just a sole victory in their last five appearances across all competitions.
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Wolves seeking a bounce
After missing out on a real opportunity to close the gap on the top-four after only playing out a 0-0 draw against a 10-man Leicester last week, Wolves found themselves firmly at the heart of more VAR drama.
With defender Willy Boly having his first-half strike ruled out in the most controversial of fashion, Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo has seen his side land just a sole victory across any format in their last nine matches across all competitions.
While the Midlands outfit are showing some signs of fatigue, Thursday’s hosts have arguably saved their best performances for European duties.
Landing what was a thumping 4-0 win over Besiktas in their last Europa League appearance, the Oranges also bagged a trio of strikes against Braga and there is no doubt that Santo will be calling on leading marksman Raul Jimenez to lead their charge at Molineux.
Finding the net in back-to-back Europa League outings and also recording three Premier League strikes in his last four appearances, you might be interested to know that the former Benfica striker can be found priced at 23/20 with Coral to extend on that tally on Thursday night.
An injury and defensive crisis for Espanyol
Throwing away another lead against Sevilla over the weekend and still sat two points adrift of La Liga safety, Espanyol have managed to land just a pair of victories in Spain’s top-flight since the 27th of October.
Despite managing to secure a shock European finish last season, there is no doubt that the Spanish outfit have continued on what has been a torrid campaign in Catalonia, particularly at the back.
Including shipping a pair of goals away at Los Palanganas last time out, Abelardo’s men have now shipped a pair of strikes in each of their last three matches away from the RCDE Stadium, a run that also saw them throw away a one-goal lead at La Liga returners Granada earlier in the month.
With the mood in their camp still remaining to be incredibly fragile, you might be interested to know that a struggling Espanyol can be found priced at 8/11 with William Hill to once again ship over 1.5 goals on the road in midweek.
Even more worrying for Thursday’s traveling support, it has been confirmed that both club-record signing Raul de Tomas and key midfielder Marc Roca will miss their trip to Molineux.