Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino when Torino and Wolverhampton square off against each other in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. Il Toro seem to be in a fine form ahead of Thursday’s football match, but seeing that Nuno Espirito Santo is going to field the best possible side this time out, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Raul Jimenez returns to the starting XI and we are positive that the Mexico international is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Andrea Belotti, who has netted two goals in the Europa League qualifiers to date. Wolverhampton are more of a team than Torino, but seeing that over the years the Serie A club have turned their Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino into a real fortress, share of spoils is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Belotti):
Andrea Belotti began his youth career at Grumellese at the age of 10 and after spending three years at the club, he joined Albinolefe in 2006. As expected, he made his senior debut for the club on 10 March, 2012 and it has to be noted that the Italian striker scored 14 goals in 37 league appearances for the Seriani. Belotti, who was born on 20 December, 1993, joined Palermo on loan in 2013 and in July, 2014 the Sicilian outfit turned his loan move to a co-ownership.
The Italian attacker scored 16 goals for Palermo in 62 league appearances for the club and on 18 August, 2015 he signed a deal with Torino for a fee of €7.5 million.
Three months later he scored first goal in the Italian top flight for Torino and he helped the team record a 2-0 win over Bologna. Andrea Belotti has 18 caps for Italy U21 and he scored nine goals for the team.
Highlighted Team (Wolves):
Wolverhampton are a club that was originally known as St. Luke’s FC. The Wolves play in the Championship and they were founded in 1877. Molineux is the home ground of Wolverhampton and the capacity of the stadium is 31,700. Wolverhampton have won four FA Cup trophies (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), with the team lifting the League Cup trophy in 1974 and 1980.
The colour of the club’s shirts is orange and they wear black shorts. The Wolves wear blue jerseys when playing away from home. Wolverhampton’s main rivals are West Bromwich Albion and they have been facing each other in the Black Country derby since 1888. In their first meeting in the local derby WBA recorded a 1-0 win over Wolves.
Wolverhampton have won three First Division trophies (1953/1954, 1957/1958, 1958/1959) and they have clinched four FA Cup titles as well (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960). The club’s owner is Steve Morgan.