Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Torino

, KO: 19:45 Aug 29, 2019, Molineux Stadium
Torino

WOLVES have one foot in the Europa League group stage after a thrilling win in Turin but they will know this tie isn't dead yet.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men were hugely impressive in Italy and the only disappointment from that 3-2 victory was the concession of a late penalty that has given Torino a glimmer of hope heading to Molineux.

Having tipped Andrea Belotti to score for the Serie A side, I was delighted when Wolves conceded that late spot-kick as it allowed him to stroke home from the spot.

But a two-goal victory would have been a fairer reflection of Wolves' dominance on the night, with strikers Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez causing all sorts of problems.

I backed Wolves to win on the night as they already had two Premier League games under their belt while Torino's only match experience had been thumping minnows in the earlier Euro qualifiers.

Walter Mazzarri's side finally got their Serie A campaign underway at the weekend, beating Sassuolo 2-1 with Belotti on target again and Simone Zaza grabbing the other.

Torino have scored in all six of their games this season so it's easy to see why the bookies make them as short as 1/2 to net at Molineux. But I can't see the Italians turning this tie around, especially with key defender Nicolas Nkoulou a doubt to feature.

The Cameroonian sat out the Serie A opener as speculation mounted over a move to Roma and Mazzarri has questioned if he's mentally ready to play. 

Left-back Cristian Ansaldi is also set to miss out at Molineux after going off injured against Sassuolo, with Ola Aina set to replace the Argentine.

There has been plenty of debate about whether fighting on two fronts will prove too hard a task for a Wolves squad that's still pretty short on numbers.

There was certainly a Turin hangover on Sunday when Jimenez's penalty deep into stoppage time rescued a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Molineux.

But with a place in the group stage up for grabs and the atmosphere sure to be electric I think Santo's players will be fired up. Wolves to score in both halves is 21/10 with William Hill and I like the look of that while over 1.5 goals for the home side also looks great value at evens with Bet365.

In the goalscorer markets, I'm drawn to former West Ham striker Zaza, even though team-mate Belotti is in better scoring form and takes Torino's penalties. At 10/3 with Paddy Power, Zaza will land a bigger profit than Belotti, who is 5/2, and I've a hunch he will mark his return to England with a goal.

In the last round I said it was a toss-up between Jota and Jimenez  for a Wolves scorer and both ended up getting on the scoresheet. Their odds aren't great here (Jota a best 9/5 with Unibet and Jimenez 7/5 with Betway) so try a midfield option, with Leander Dendoncker as big as 7/1 with Paddy Power.

This match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Torino will be played on Aug 29, 2019 and kick off at 19:45

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Torino Betting Tips & Predictions
Over 1.5 Wolves goals
Evens
Bet365
Wolves to score in both halves
21/10
William Hill
Simone Zaza anytime scorer
10/3
PaddyPower

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