WOLVES continue their Europa League journey in Turin on Thursday night as Serie A outfit Torino welcome the Old Gold to the Stadio Olimpico. Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) analyses the encounter.
Torino v Wolves | Thursday 22nd August 2019, 20:00 | Premier Sports
Wolves travel to Turin on Thursday night to do battle against Torino for a place in this year’s Europa League group stage. Wolves go into the game off the back of a well-earned draw against Manchester United on Monday night, but there will surely be some fears over fatigue with this match coming just three days later.
Torino are a tough opponent to face on their own patch and at the end of last season they were unbeaten in five home games, winning four times. This stellar solid home form is reflected in the odds for the match with Torino favourites at 6/5 (Bet365) and Wolves 11/5 (Bet365) to grab victory.
The Granata have yet to start their league campaign, but the hosts have been impressive against the teams they have faced so far in the competition. Torino recorded a 6-1 aggregate victory in the last round, and they’ll be confident of getting a positive result on Thursday night.
I think this will be a tight one and I can’t see there being too many goals. Under 2.5 Goals is 8/11 (888) and I think that could be a good angle with both sides boasting good defensive records. Torino have conceded only twice in their last four, whilst Wolves have shipped just once in their last four.
With the added fatigue that Wolves will have due to playing on Monday, and travelling to Italy, I think siding with Torino to grab victory could prove profitable. The Granata to win and un Under 2.5 Goals is an 18/5 (Sportingbet) shot, and that appeals.
Another angle I like is in the Anytime goalscorer market. Torino hitman Andrea Belotti has been in flying form already, scoring four goals in four appearances and he is priced at 17/10 (Betfair) to notch. Belotti has been a key goalscorer for the hosts in the past four seasons, netting 63 league Serie A goals in 139 league outings. That’s a goal almost every two games.
The final punt I like is for a penalty to be awarded at 11/4 (Boylesports). Over the past five competitive home fixtures for Torino there have been four penalties. Two of these spot-kicks have come in the home legs of this year’s competition and I think there’s a good chance for that to happen again on Thursday night with both sides containing quality attacking talent.
Torino v Wolves – Torino to win and Under 2.5 Goals (18/5 Sportingbet)
Torino v Wolves – Andrea Belotti to score at anytime (17/10 Betfair)
Torino v Wolves – A penalty to be awarded (18/5 (Boylesports)