Wolves have been going for it on their European adventure and they can book a place in the group stages of the Europa League with victory against Torino tonight.
It would have been entirely understandable if Wolves had decided to focus on another Premier League campaign but they have played strong teams so far. There was a huge crowd for both their home wins against over Crusaders (2-0) and Pyunik Yerevan (4-0).
Taking on Torino was a major step up from that opposition but they had the superior quality in the final third with both Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez scoring tremendously well taken goals whilst Adama Traore made a big impact at wing-back. Despite being out-shot (both in terms of shots on and off target), losing the corner count and having just 37.5% of possession, Wolves constantly looked to be the most dangerous side, especially as the game went on, and they deserved their 3-2 win.
Indeed, had it not been for wing-back Ruben Vinagre’s two big mistakes – he lost his man for the first goal, allowing Lorenzo De Silvestri a free header, before inexplicably kicking Andrea Belotti for an 89th-minute penalty that gives Torino hope in the tie – then Wolves could already be home and hosed.
However, they are still in the driving seat and this is the perfect situation for them, playing with a goal start against a side that will have to push forward from the beginning, and Nuno’s men naturally look more effective on the counter and have the quality to take advantage through Joao Moutinho and Rueben Neves when Torino go forward.
Wolves v Torino
UEFA Europa League Play-Off 2nd Leg
19:45 Premier Sports 2 HD
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AUG 2019 EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFIER Torino 2-3 Wolves
Torino, who were seventh in Serie A last season, carry a pair of big attacking threats in Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza and can make their mark, but they have an even tougher task heading to Molineux.
Wolves’ have a phenomenal home record. Last season they beat each of the four finalists for the two Big European competitions last season and they also took a point against Manchester City here in the League. Chelsea were also beaten at Molineux in the Premier League and they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup and Premier League here too. They can reach the group stages in style.
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