Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Wolves v Crusaders and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League Qualifying clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Wolves v Crusaders Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 25/07/19
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Molineux
  • Channel: N/A

Wolverhampton Wanderers play host to Crusaders on Thursday night as they look for a positive result in the first leg of their Europa League Qualifier. Wolves are fresh off the back of winning the Premier League Asia Trophy against Manchester City, and they’ll be confident of a big win in this first leg.

The English side are 1/250 to win the game on Thursday night. I don’t think you need me to tell you that there isn’t much value in that. The odds reflect the big gap between the two sides. Crusaders are a Northern Irish side who have beat B36 Torshavn 5-2 on aggregate in the last round. This game will be massive for them and I think they’ll relish the chance of a huge upset.

Wolves will have to still be near their best to get the better of the ‘Hatchetmen’ on Thursday night and they will have noticed the upset that Connah’s Quay produced against Scottish Premier League side, Killmarnock.

Team News

Wolves are expected to name a strong side. Ruben Neves, Diego Jota and Conor Coady are all likely to start. Morgan Gibbs-White will be hoping to feature but Raul Jimenez looks set to miss out after playing his part in Mexico's Gold Cup triumph this summer.

Key Stats & Facts

  • This will be Wolves’ first game in a European competition for 39 years.

Betting Odds

  • Wolves 1/250
  • Draw 12/1
  • Crusaders 33/1

The Verdict

This game looks like a forgone conclusion on paper and it’s hard to disagree with that. The difference between the two sides is a big one and I fully expect Wolves to put on a show for their home crowd in their first game back in Europe for 39 years.

Wolves have a lot of quality throughout their side and I expect them to dominate most of this game. the home side took some big scalps last year and they have the quality to grab a lot of goals here. Wolves -4 is priced at 5/4 (BoyleSports) I think this is a good bet considering the gap in quality between the two sides and the home advantage that Wolves hold. Crusaders conceded 2 goals in their last away game against B36 Torshavn and they don’t have anywhere near the same quality that Wolves possess.

With Wolves being a Premier League side, I would think that they are fitter than their opponents and if I am right I’m hoping that the Crusaders will tire into the latter stages of this fixture. William Hill go 19/20 for the second half to be the highest scoring half. It is a bit of a niche bet but the thinking behind it for me makes some sense.

Wolves forward, Diego Jota, has been in good form during pre-season bagging himself 2 goals in their Asian Trophy opener against Newcastle. I think with Raul Jimenez not expected to start, Jota will be the man to find the back of the net and he is priced at 21/10 (Skybet) to score first on Thursday night.

This should be a great opening game for Wolves in their European campaign and for the Crusaders it will be a great experience for them and a good chance to show what they can do on a big stage.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Wolves -4 5/4 (BoyleSports)
  • 1pt – Second half to be the highest scoring 19/20 (William Hill)
  • 1pt – Diego Jota to score first 21/10 (SkyBet)