Wolves vs Espanyol Prediction
Wolves are currently seventh in the English Premier League, and in three seasons in charge manager Nuno Espirito Santo – formerly head coach of Valencia and Porto – has built a team that are a genuine threat to every side they compete against, be they relegation battlers or title contenders. The one thing that has let Wolves down this season is an abundance of draws. Their overall Premier League record reads W8, D12, L6.
Since the start of December, Wolves have played 16 games, winning five, drawing six and losing five. Their last two games were a 0-0 draw with Manchester United followed by a 0-0 draw with Leicester city. Clearly Nuno needs to make a couple of signings to strengthen his teams attack and score more goals, and when this happens, Wolves will surely be a threat to finish in the top four.
Espanyol have spent 25 consecutive seasons in the Spanish top-flight, and it would be a tragedy should the second biggest team in Barcelona crash out of La Liga. It will take all of the inspiration coach Abelardo can muster to get them out of the mess they currently find themselves in. Ironically, after finishing seventh last season, the team was looking to push on this year.
This season Espanyol have won just three games, drawn six and lost 15, and are bottom of La Liga on 18 points, along with Mallorca and Leganes.
Wolves vs Espanyol Recent Meetings
The Europa League throws up a lot of first-time meetings amongst sides from Europe, and the upcoming clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Espanyol fits right into that category. This will be the first time that these two long-established clubs have faced each other in a competitive or friendly match.
Historically, Spanish teams have fared well on visits to the UK, but two factors go against Espanyol upsetting Wolves at Molineux; they are the weakest team in La Liga, and Wolves’ manager Nuno is highly experienced with Spanish football, having spent five seasons as a keeper at Deportivo La Coruña, and two seasons as head coach of Valencia.
Wolves vs Espanyol Stats & Analysis
If we examine how Wolves have performed at their home stadium of Molineux, we see that while they are obviously very hard to beat, Wolves still fall into the trap of drawing way too many games. Wolves’ Premier League home record is four wins, six draws and three defeats, 18 goals scored against 17 conceded. Had they converted just three of those draws to wins, they would be fourth in the table.
If we look at Espanyol’s away record in La Liga, we see it is actually better than their home form. On the road, Espanyol have won three games, drawn two and lost six, while at home they have just one victory, four draws and seven defeats.
Wolves vs Espanyol Bets
Can Wolves cruise to a comfortable home victory over struggling Espanyol and give themselves a healthy cushion ahead of the second leg, or will they manage to balls things up and get yet another draw? This is the question that is probably driving coach Nuno crazy, but the simple answer is that even the draw-loving boys from Wolverhampton won’t mess this up. Nuno knows enough about Spanish soccer to ensure Wolves will win, although worryingly it might just be by the odd goal.
Wolves 1-0 Espanyol – 6.50
Wolves 2-1 Espanyol – 9.00