Wolverhampton v Crusaders Betting Tips & Predictions
Northern Irish football team Crusaders enjoyed a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate win over Faroe Islands opponents B36 Torshavn although the latter were a part-time team who were there for the taking.
Stephen Baxter’s team now have the far more difficult of getting the better of Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the team from the NIFL Premiership heading to Molineux on Thursday and hoping to keep the scoreline respectable.
Crusaders have qualified for the Europa League by virtue of winning the 2018-19 Irish Cup, although they only finished fourth in their domestic league last season, a full twenty points behind champions Linfield.
They lost thirteen games in the process and the squad is mainly comprised of Northern Irish players along with a smattering of squad members from the Republic of Ireland too.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were the surprise package in the 2018/19 Premier League, with the Midlands club taking to the top flight like a duck to water after enjoying promotion from the Championship the previous season.
Wolves have grander aspirations this time around, with Nuno Espirito Santo targeting a top six position in the top flight and they will play this match shortly after returning from a pre-season trip to China.
Wanderers were successful in terms of beating Newcastle United 4-0 before overcoming Manchester City on penalties to win the Premier League Asia Trophy, something that was managed without star striker Raul Jimenez.
It’s likely that Wolves might not be at full strength for this encounter, although they appear to be in good nick coming into the tie and Diogo Jota seems keen to pick up where he left off after scoring twice against the Magpies.
Leander Dendoncker has also signed permanently from Anderlecht, with the home side looking to perform a professional job to secure a safe passage through to the next round of the competition.
Wolves win to nil @ 1.53 with bet365