Wolverhampton vs Espanyol- Europa League :Wolverhampton and Espanyol face off this Thursday
Wolverhampton vs Espanyol- On a match counting towards the 1st leg of the Europa League’s 16th finals. I’ll get straight to the point:
In terms of the Premier League, the Wolves will hardly be able to achieve something better than once again finishing on a position that grants them a participation in the next edition of the Europa League and I don’t think they will have to work very hard to accomplish that.
Besides that, looking at the teams that are still on this competition, I’d put Nuno Espírito Santo’s team clearly amongst the 6 favourites to lift the trophy.
On the group stage, the team only crumbled against Braga (3-3 draw in Portugal and a 1-0 loss at the Molineux), getting only victories on the remaining matches in a group that counted with Slovan Bratislava and Besiktas.
These results show not only the quality of the team but also the fact that these Wolves don’t underestimate this competition like many other clubs do.,
On the other side will be a Espanyol side that despite having won their group on the previous stage of the competition can’t afford to get carried away because of that because it was a relatively easy group that counted with Ferencvaros, Ludogorets and CSKA besides the Spaniards.
Espanyol’s focus right now will be more on La Liga I think, since they are in last place of the competition and I believe they can leave this competition behind already on these 16th finals in order to focus solely on avoiding relegation from their domestic league.
That way, I believe we might see some rotations on the starting line-up presented by Abelardo.
Another aspect that can contribute to that rotation on the team is the fact that they’ve only played their last match this Sunday morning against Sevilla on a match counting towards La Liga, away from home (2-2 draw), while the Wolves played their last match on the past Friday.
That’s 2 extra days of rest adding to the fact that Wolves are playing at home and that Espanyol will still have to deal with the fatigue of a trip to England.
That way, and considering all of these aspects, I believe that if Nuno Espírito Santo’s men are on the same page, they can even settle this tie already during this 1st leg.
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Even looking onto their next couple of matches we see the Englishmen having the advantage: The Wolves are playing at home again for the Premier League on Sunday against Norwich (last place)
which in theory is a bit of an easier matchup while Espanyol has an important encounter away from home against Valladolid that is a direct opponent on the fight to avoid relegation.