The problem Wolves have, and you can see this by the prices, is that while we naturally increase the chances of sides we’re familiar with in these ties. You need to dig a bit deeper to see just how mammoth a task this will be for Nuno’s boys.
If I said to you that Wolves were hosting Atletico Madrid, you’d give them no hope, would you?
Well, Sevilla qualified for the Champions League this year, on the same points tally as Diego Simeone’s charges.
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Unfortunately for Wolves the joy ends here, and the evasive semi-final of the Europa League will remain just that.
Sevilla’s squad just has too much for Wolves, and their options from the bench are frightening.
Remember Jesus Navas? Plays right back. Suso? Right wing. Ever Banega? Plays everywhere. If you forget his Newcastle spell, even Luuk de Jong is ominous. And of course there’s Lucas Ocampos, who has netted a goal every other game since arriving from Marseille.
Listen, I love Matt Doherty as much as the next person, but I just can’t see Wolves pulling it out here.
Indeed, I do fancy Wolves to score in the game as they’ve managed to find the net seven times in their last five games and they only failed to find the net in one of those.
Sevilla’s entire campaign this year was based around not losing and always finding that goal to keep themselves in control of the tie.
Wolves? Well, they scored about a goal a game and conceded about a goal a game over the course of the season. Expect both goalkeepers to be picked at least one out of their nets this evening.
It’s very hard to look past the Argentine given the form he’s currently in. He’s also coming up against a 3-5-2 that he doesn’t often see in Spain.
Given that he usually hugs the inside left, he should see plenty of space later on when Doherty is rampaging forward and leaves Wolves exposed to three-v-threes.
It’s not that I want Wolves to lose this tie, it’s just that I really can’t foresee any other outcome, especially given the quality on display here. Sevilla’s primal habit of just not losing games – and against tougher opposition than we find in the Black Country.
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