Torino v Wolves Betting Preview, Odds And Tips | 22/08/19
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Torino v Wolves and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa league clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Torino v Wolves Betting Preview, Odds And Tips
- Date: 22/08/19
- Time: 20:00pm
- Venue: Olimpico De Torino
Wolves have a tricky tie against Torino in order to progress to the Europa League group stages. It’s an unfortunate tie for the Old Gold considering the sides they could’ve faced but they’re sure to be competitive, the bookies actually have them as 4/7 favourites to progress but they’re rated as 21/10 outsiders to win the first leg in Turin on Thursday night.
I get the feeling that the Fosun group see this competition as an important one, if they make it to the group stages at the very least then it will notify others around Europe of their presence and will help further boost their international fanbase as well as helping attract high calibration players.
Nuno did little in the transfer market and he prefers working with a tight squad, I ultimately think that could be to their detriment long term but shouldn’t affect them too much at this stage of the season. The Thursday-Sunday turnaround hasn’t been one that has benefitted clubs in the past.
Patrick Cutrone has come in to give competition to Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez up front but they’re largely the same XI they had last year. How much he will shake it up here is yet to be seen but in the previous first legs Nuno has fielded a strong team.
Torino haven’t kicked off their campaign in Serie A yet and that lack of competitive football could see them initially struggle. However, former Watford gaffer Walter Mazzari has done a great job in Northern Italy, he’s built his side from a solid defensive base but they’re only in the competition due to AC Milan being emitted by the regulators.
Armando Izzo is one of the best centre backs in the league and he’s supported by the experience of Cristian Ansaldi and Nicolas N’Koudou. Ola Aina impressed at full back on loan from Chelsea and his move was made permanent over the summer. That defence is screened by the tough tackling Tomas Rincon and up front they have familiar names in Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti. Creatively they do struggle but that is usually the case with Mazzari, they’re more functional than flashy. Both sides are likely to match each other up in a 5-3-2 formation.
Iago Falque is ruled out for the hosts.
Wolves have no fresh injury concerns however Matt Doherty did pick up an illness earlier this week.
Potential Torino Starting XI: Sirigu, Aina, Izzo, Bremer, N’Koudou, Silvestri, Rincon, Meite, Baselli, Zaza, Belotti.
Potential Wolves Starting XI: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Bennett, Jonny, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Jota, Jimenez.
Key Stats & Facts
- Wolves have won their last 4 Europa league games.
- Torino are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 Europa league games.
- Torino – 13/10
- Draw – 11/5
- Wolves – 21/10
This is a huge game for both and I’m expecting it to be tight and trappy. Instantly the draw stands out as the biggest price of the three. I do think Wolves are the slightly superior side but they’ll take a point here if offered. Therefore I’ll have 1 point on the stalemate.
I’m expecting it to be quite feisty as well. Italian teams are notoriously more aggressive and there’s more cards dishes out in Italy on the whole. With a great deal at stake I can see some tactical fouls here and there, Wolves have proven good for a card themselves too in the last year.
Bet365 are a standout 9/4 on both teams picking up over 1 card on their BetBuilder feature and that’s a great price in my eyes. It’s as short as evens elsewhere and given the value on offer I’ll have a strong 2 point stake on that.