Preview and Prediction
The Wolves’ campaign this season, is still far from over yet, especially if they aim for another continental competition next season. This is due to the fact that Nuno Santo’s men only finished on the eighth of the table, which was not enough for sealing one ticket for Europa League. Yet, the bigger prize, the Champions League ticket, awaits them, provided they can win it this month. This midweek fixture against Olympiakos is one step closer to the trophy. There is no time to waste on the pitch later as the Greek side has the potential to stun the high profile team on the road. Arsenal, in fact, was their victim on the previous stage.
The teams’ previous matches
Wolverhampton was rather unlucky in their last game of Premier League versus Chelsea as they were beaten 0-2, despite having several decent chances denied by Wilfredo Caballero. Mason Mount was their nightmare with his free kick goal and assist to Olivier Giroud.
The current Greek champions, Olympiakos, trashed AEK Athens 3-0 in their last round of Greek Super League. The former Marseille man Mathieu Valbuena opened the scoring followed by Lazar Randjelovic and Mohammed Camara. However, their defender Ruben Semedo is serving his ban after being sent off at the first leg.
Nuno Santo tends to stick to his favourite 3-4-2-1 with the transition to 3-4-1-2, 3-4-3 and 3-5-2. The Mexican sensation Raul Jimenez is the main front man along with Diogo Jota and the versatile winger Adama Traore or the former Olympiakos man, Daniel Podence. This would be something any of their opponents have to anticipate as their combination while attacking plus the midfield support can be daunting.
His counterpart, Pedro Martins, who is also Portuguese, has been in favour of more offensive tactical approach with 4-3-3 formation. The Moroccan striker Youssef El-Arabi is the main forward along with Mathieu Valbuena and the young Argentine Maximilaino Lovera or Giorgos Mouras on both flanks.
Players to watch
In Wolves, the La Masia graduate, Adama Traore has been the key figure of the season. His power, pace, physical strength and composure have led him to be one of the most wanted versatile figures in this summer transfer window. Another notable man to watch is surely the Mexican sensation, Raul Jimenez.
Olympiakos’ relies on a number of key figures for being able to go further in Europa League such as he former French international, Mathieu Valbuena might be the most well-known one in the squad, the goalie Jose Sa and the Norway international Omar Ellabdeloui.
Wolves vs Olympiakos Prediction
The home side has all it takes to get through to the quarter final. All Jose Moutinho and Co have to remember is that not to concede easily. Wolves’ regular formation 3-4-3 defence frailty seems to be exposed when facing off the offensive teams with 4-3-3 or with the ability to cut inside their penalty area. However, Nuno Santo’s men eventually manage to come out as a winner.
The host is considerably the clear favourite. They are backed to win at 1.77 whereas Valbuena and Co are only priced to win at 5.00. The odds for the draw result are at 3.65.