Wolverhampton Wanderers continue their marathon Europa League campaign when they take on Catalan outfit Espanyol. Since Wolves started back in July, they have amassed a whopping 12 matches. Will it be lucky 13 against Espanyol who impressed at the weekend against Seville?
It has been a quite impressive run so far for Wolverhampton with ten wins and just one defeat. Only Portuguese side Sporting Braga have so far managed to escape defeat against Wolves. They made a slow start to the group losing at home to Braga, but they have not looked back since. They are currently placed seventh in the Premier League, the position which earned them their place in this competition in the first place. However, they fail to impress currently having failed to score in 180 minutes.
They followed a 0-0 against Manchester United by repeating the scoreline against Leicester City. Defensively that is not a bad outcome, but the offence exploits left a lot to be desired. Wolves can show just one win in their last nine league and cup games, so they will look for a European night to turn on the heat again. They so far managed five home wins from six this season.
Espanyol had better enjoy their time in the Europa League as they won’t be here next season. Surviving relegation is their main aim and they are currently bottom of La Liga, two points from safety. Only one of their last four league games has been lost with four points earned from their last two games. They had an important win over Mallorca and then drew 2-2 at Sevilla.
Just like the home side Espanyol have also played 12 games to get to this stage. Just like Wolves they too have lost only once and won their group ahead of Ludogorets. They have been particularly impressive away from Barcelona with four wins and no defeats yet. Lately, they have been a little too generous away from home in the La Liga with five defeats from their last seven.
Wolves aren’t setting the world alight currently, but we believe they are able to focus more on the Europa League than their visitors Thursday evening. They have often shown better form in the Europa League this season. Espanyol has a hugely important away game in La Liga on Sunday which could easily gain main priority. We aim for the home win.