The best betting pick for today comes from the Europa League with our Torino v Wolves prediction. These are two young squads that like to play an attacking and open style of football, and that should make up for a very interesting European tie.
Who Wants It More?
A major factor for this Torino v Wolves prediction is the level of commitment each club will show for the Europa League. Just how much they want to make into the group stages as this is the last qualifying round. Everyone talks about how European games have a detrimental effect on the domestic league performances, especially for such “smaller” squads with not that many options for regular rotations as the big guns like Man City, Barcelona, Juventus, etc. However, it’s really odd to me that the theme song during the season is how such clubs aim to reach one of the “European” places only to later use it as an excuse and even play the matches with their reserves and not even care about progressing in the continental competition. This of course is not the case when the Champions League is concerned.
Our Torino v Wolves prediction is that both clubs will give their best shot here. Qualifying for the group stages of the competition does bring a pretty decent amount of money and there is also a prestige factor that should not be overlooked. The last time Wolverhampton Wanderers played in Europe was back in 1980/81, and that’s 19 years ago. Fans in West Midlands are eager to enjoy some European footballing nights, so the players will do their best to qualify. Torino, on the other hand, last played in Europe not that long ago as they progressed from Group B and reached the round of last 16 of the Europa League in 2014/15.
Andrea Belotti The Man for Torino
Assuming that both coaches will field their best elevens, our Torino v Wolves prediction for August 22 is for an open match with a decent number of goal scoring situations at both ends. That’s because the greatest strength of both sides is the attack. Torino’s front line is led by one of Europe’s best young forwards Andrea Belotti. Yes, his progress took a bit of a hit over the last couple of seasons and his price tag dropped significantly. A couple of years ago Torino rejected massive offers from Chelsea and Real Madrid and then these transfer rumors and money got into his head and he got out of form and out of shape.
However, Belotti seems to be back on track now, and we expect him to have a breakthrough season. It’s a crucial season for him – he will either make it or fail to reach his potential. Now is the time for Belotti to deliver. If he scores 20+ goals, the big clubs will want him again and Torino will cash in this time. This will serve as his motivation for the new season. A good betting pick for this Torino v Wolves prediction is to bank on Belotti to score at any time or even score the first goal in the match if you are feeling more opportunistic. Belotti is well-supported in attack by Diego Falque and Simone Zaza, so the Bulls (Il Toros) have plenty of firepower upfront.
A Look at Wolverhampton Wanderers
As per the visiting side in today’s betting pick, we’ve already analyzed Wolverhampton in our accurate prediction on Monday for their match against Man United. They are a fast paced, hard-working side that’s actually the better team on paper here. One of our Europa League betting tips is for the English club to eliminate the Italians and reach the groups.
The Fatigue Factor
An important factor in this particular betting pick is the fatigue. The Seria A does not start till this weekend, whereas Wolves have already played two games in the Premier League along with four matches in the Europa League qualifiers. The second tie involved a 2000-mile trip to Armenia. To add to that, they played their last match this Monday, against none other than Man United, so they had their work cut out for them. Now, they have another serious test just three days later and as mentioned, they don’t have the deepest of squads. With that said, Torino will have fresher legs, and this could help them edge a close win.
Torino v Wolves Prediction: We expect an open game with two or more goals in it. Both teams to score is the best bet here.
Betting Verdict: Both Teams to Score @ 2.10