Wolves v Torino: Nuno’s charges can wrap up qualification


WOLVES welcome Torino to Molineux  on Thursday night with a 3-2 first leg advantage. Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) analyses the encounter.

Wolves v Torino | Thursday 29th August 2019, 20:00 | Premier Sports

Wolves are back in European action on Thursday night as they host Torino in the second leg of their Europa League qualifying tie. The first fixture was a thriller in Italy as the Old Gold ran out 3-2 winners with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez getting on the scoresheet again.

The performance from Wolves in Turin surprised plenty and at one stage Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were 3-1 up going into the dying minutes. The Old Gold will be ecstatic to have three away goals to take back to Molineux and they’ll fancy their chances of now progressing to the group-stages.

Wolves fought hard for a point against Burnley at the weekend after a demanding schedule and it will be interesting to see how they adapt to this encounter with the recovery time again tight between matches.

Torino started their league campaign with a 2-1 win at home against Sassuolo and star striker Andrea Belotti was again on the scoresheet. I recommended the Italian international to find the back of the in my first leg preview and I’m sure he’ll have a say in this match too; Belotti is 23/10 (Betfair) to score at anytime and is well worth an interest at that price.

Torino had the better of the stats in the first meeting and they’ll have to go all-out in this match if they are to get through. I don’t think Wolves are the strongest at the back and they have conceded a goal in each of their home Premier League games already this season.

The way in which Wolves approach this game could be key, mind. I think Nuno’s outfit will likely try to keep playing their positive attacking style, and grab a win in the match, rather than try to contain a Torino side that are capable of scoring goals. Both Teams To Score and Wolves to win is priced 3/1 (Bet365) and I think those are healthy odds.

Another angle I like is Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss 23/10 (SkyBet) to be shown a card in the match. Saiss has been booked in two of his last three 90-minute games and he was also shown seven yellows in 19 league matches last term, which is just under one every three games. Saiss could have a tricky night with Torino needing to attack to get themselves through.

Best Bets

Wolves v Torino – Wolves to win and Both Teams To Score (3/1 Bet365)

Wolves v Torino – Andrea Belotti to score at anytime (23/10 Paddy Power)

Wolves v Torino – Romain Saiss to be shown a card (23/10 SkyBet)

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