Can Wolves continue their European dream at Olympiakos?

Raul Jimenez

Odds, preview and betting tips for this evening’s EuropaLeague last-16 clash

This time two years ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers were inthe Championship. Now they’re sixth in the Premier League and have a EuropaLeague quarter-final in their sights.

It’s been a fairy-tale journey for Nuno Espirito Santo’sside and their adventure is far from over, with a tricky test against Olympiakostheir latest obstacle.

The first leg in Athens will take place behind closed doorsas a coronavirus precaution and the absence of Olympiakos’ vociferous home crowdcould be an advantage for Wolves.

But they’ll be well aware of the threat the Greek side poseafter they dumped Arsenal out of the competition in the last round.

Olympiakos v Wolves Match Odds

Despite their late heroics at Arsenal last month, Olympiakos go into the tie as the underdogs. They’re priced at 2/1 to qualify and 23/10 to win the first leg.

Our traders have Wolves as favourites to qualify at 1/3 and the Midlands outfit are 13/10 to win tonight, with the draw going at 2/1.

Wolves have been imperious in Europe this season, scoring 13times in their last four outings, and they’re 8/5 to score two or morein Greece, while over 3.5 goals in the match is 17/5.

Youssef El-Arabi was the hero at the Emirates and after bagging 23 times in all competitions so far this season, our traders have him at 5/1 to score first tonight or 23/10 any time.

Meanwhile, Diogo Jota is 200/1 to score a hat-trickhaving scored a treble in each of his last two Europa League appearances. RubenNeves is 9/1 to score his 13th goal from outside the box for Wolves.

Olympiakos are enjoying an impressive season domesticallyand are on track to win their first Super League title since 2017. They’recurrently seven points clear of PAOK, mainly down to the exploits of El-Arabiwho leads the race for the golden boot.

Pedro Martins’ side started the season in the ChampionsLeague and despite holding Tottenham to a draw in the group stage, they finishedthird in a tricky group that also included Bayern Munich.

A 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal in the first leg looked to bethe beginning of the end of their European journey for this season but aremarkable turnaround at the Emirates gave them a dramatic late win inextra-time.

And they’ll be confident of claiming a second Premier Leaguescalp, particularly with imposing centre-back Ruben Semedo returning fromsuspension.

Giorgos Masouras is also expected to keep his place afterscoring in Olympiakos’ last league game.

Meanwhile, Wolves will be looking to continue their impressivecampaign.

Having survived a scare at Espanyol to reach the last 16,they masterminded a stunning 3-2 victory at Tottenham in the league.

A goalless draw against Brighton on Saturday halted theirmomentum but with lively winger Adama Traore only coming on as a latesubstitute, he’ll be raring to go if he can shake off a shoulder issue.

Left-back Jonny is expected to miss out again with a footinjury while January signing Daniel Podence could offer Santo some key insighthaving spent the last 18 months at Olympiakos.

With just five points separating Wolves from fourth-placedChelsea, Champions League qualification is not out of the question.

And with the Europa League quarter-finals within reach, theymay fancy their chances of completing their fairy-tale and going all the way.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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