Torino vs Wolverhampton WanderersUEFA Europa League, KO: 20:00 Aug 22, 2019, Olimpico di Torino
WOLVES have barely broken sweat so far in the Europa League qualifiers, breezing past Crusaders and Pyunik with the minimum of fuss.
But now the real works begins as Wanderers face a huge hurdle in the shape of Torino as they bid to reach the group stage in their first Euro adventure since 1980.
The Serie A side are a huge step up in class from facing Armenian and Northern Irish opposition so Wolves will need to be on top of their game to qualify.
Torino finished seventh in Italy last term but were just six points off a Champions League place and boasted one of the meanest defences in Serie A, shipping just 37 goals in 38 games.
Walter Mazzarri's side weren't exactly free-scoring, their total of 52 strikes making them the second-lowest scorers in the top 10, but they have found their shooting boots so far in the Europa League.
Like Wolves, Torino have breezed past inferior opposition, netting seven across two legs against Debrecen of Hungary then six against Shakhtyor of Belarus.
But they have yet to start their domestic season and that gives Wolves the edge, given they have faced two excellent teams in Leicester and Manchester United in the Premier League.
It took Wolves time to get going against United on Monday but they were impressive after the break and claimed a second successive draw thanks to Ruben Neves' stunning strike.
The English side are 12/5 with Betway for a win in Turin but it may be safer to back them in the draw no bet market at 26/25 with Marathonbet.
Even though both sides have been scoring for fun in Europe, I can't see this being a goalfest on the evidence of Torino's defensive record in Serie A last term. Sadly, neither can the bookies and under 2.5 goals is a best 77/100 with Marathonbet.
The odds are better on a scoreless first half at 83/50 with the same firm and I'll be on that as I think both sides will try to size each other up.
Torino's Andrea Belotti has been on fire so far this season, netting four goals in their four ties, and also takes their penalties. So he looks the best shout in the anytime scorer market at 15/8 with Betfair and 7/4 with Paddy Power.
West Ham reportedly failed in a £45million bid to land the striker this summer and he will be out to show English fans what they are missing.
Belotti is likely to be partnered by Hammers old boy Simone Zaza up front, with Iago Falque missing Torino's last Euro qualifier with an ankle injury.
The only doubt for Wolves is full-back Matt Docherty, who has been suffering with illness and was taken off against United, but he should recover in time.
Adama Traore impressed as his replacement on the right flank and could be in contention to start. I backed Traore for anytime scorer against Pyunik due to his searing pace but unfortunately he was a creator instead.
Nuno Espirito Santo played plenty of fringe players for that Molineux dead rubber so there was good value to be had in the scorer markets. But Santo should go full strength for this one with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez leading the line. It's always a toss-up between those two for a goal so take your pick, with Jota offering better value for anytime scorer at 9/4 with Paddy Power while the Mexican is 6/4.
This UEFA Europa League match between Torino and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be played on Aug 22, 2019 and kick off at 20:00