Premier League side Wolves host Greek champions Olympiacos in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Nuno Espirito Santo’s Midlanders are in a good position from the first leg, which took place almost five months ago.
Where and when: Molineux Stadium – 6 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Wolves vs. Olympiacos: BT Sport
Last time: Pedro Neto cancelled out Youssef El-Arabi’s opener for hosts Olympiacos when the teams met in Piraeus back in March, as the first leg of this tie finished 1-1.
Wolves v Olympiacos Predictions and Preview
The coronavirus outbreak led to a five-month hiatus for the Europa League, but the tournament is back this week as Wolves and Olympiacos go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals. The English outfit are in the better position with a draw and away goal from the first leg, but there won’t be any fans inside Molineux on Thursday which negates Wolverhampton’s home advantage.
The Wanderers have coped with the new world order relatively well since returning to action towards the end of June. Nuno’s side won five of their nine Premier League fixtures after the break, losing three times to Chelsea, Sheffield United and Arsenal.
Those defeats meant Wolves fell out of the top four picture, eventually finishing seventh. They’ll be back in the Europa League next season, unless of course they triumph in this competition and win a place in next term’s Champions League.
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First things first, the home team are the odds-on favourite to see off Olympiacos with a win on Thursday, priced at 17/20 in the latest betting odds for the game. The visitors are 4/1, which isn’t bad value considering their form since they returned to action in early June.
Pedro Martins’ side won eight of their 10 Super League fixtures in the championship round, securing their first title since 2017 in the process. The Erythrolefki also pulled off an upset on English soil in the last round of the Europa League, beating Arsenal at the Emirates by scoring a dramatic winner in the final minute of extra-time.
The visitors have had an extra week to prepare for this game following the end of their domestic campaign, although Wolves have still had a week and a half for their own preparations, so it’s difficult to tell if that additional time will have any impact on Thursday.
Either way, a draw here could send the tie to extra-time and penalties, and is priced at 14/5. Wolves are the 2/5 favourites to qualify for the next round, with Olympiacos available at 11/5 for the same bet.
One to watch for Wolves: Raul Jimenez has had an excellent season for Wolves, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. Nine of those have come in 13 appearances in the Europa League, with the Mexican striker one of the favourites to break the deadlock on Thursday.
One to watch for Olympiacos: Youssef El-Arabi has also had a superb season in front of goal, going one better than Jimenez with 27 goals to his name. He scored five in the Champions League before hitting the late winner against Arsenal and the opener against Wolves in the first leg of this tie.
Long shot: Wolves have won their last three home games in the Europa League without conceding a goal. They scored nine goals in beating Slovan Bratislava, Besiktas and Espanyol, at an average of three per game, with a 3-0 home win here priced at 15/1.