Our prediction for this Europa League match:
There will be fireworks when Wolverhampton and Torino face each other at Molineux Stadium in the Europa League derby. A place in the group stages of the European competition is at stake, but the Wolves, who recorded a 3-2 win over il Toro in the first leg, are seen as hot favourites to win this double-header. Over the years Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops have turned their Molineux Stadium into a real fortress and seeing that the Portuguese coach is likely to field the best possible side in the return leg, home win should be considered.
Raul Jimenez has yet to find the net in the new Premier League season, but the Mexico international, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League qualifiers, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Seeing that Torino are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Wolves.
Highlighted Player (Joao Moutinho):
A versatile midfielder who can operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, as well as on either flank, Moutinho is a Portugal international playing for AS Monaco. The experienced 30-year-old footballer started his career with Sporting, but moved to great rivals Porto in 2010. Having won 12 major titles between the two clubs combined, Moutinho moved to Monaco in 2013.
A full Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho is a regular call-up since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The 30-year-old was a part of Portugal’s historic success in France this summer when Fernando Santos men lifted their first-ever continental trophy. Despite being a first-team regular with his club AS Monaco, Moutinho has been regularly linked with a move to Serie A and was reportedly offered to Napoli and AC Milan during the summer of 2016.
AS Roma have also expressed their interest in signing the versatile midfielder, but Monaco opted to stay with the club and help Monaco with their UEFA Champions League challenge.
Highlighted Team (Torino):
Torino Football Club is an Italian football club from Turin. The club was founded in 1906 as the result of a fusion between different football clubs. Because of different financial trouble the club is named FC Torino in 2005.
Torino FC is hosting their games in Stadio Grande Torino which holds a capacity of 28 000.
The biggest rival of Torino FC is Juventus which is one of the biggest clubs in the world however Torino FC holds more fans in Turin than their bigger brother Juventus. Torino FC has a big football history as well. During the glory times of the club Torino won the Serie A 7 times and the Coppa Italia 5 times.
Known nicknames for Torino FC are Granata and Toro. The most famous players that have a Torino FC history are: Hakan Sukur, Kieft, Maldini, Falcone and Baron.