Football Predictions

Wolves vs Espanyol predictions, live stream options, team news & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 11:23, 19 February 2020

Wolves’ European wander continues on Thursday night when they host Espanyol in the first leg of the Europa League round-of-32.

Espanyol currently sit bottom of La Liga having won just four league games all season, but they have made it through to the Europa League knockout stages and will be looking for some rare joy on the continent.

That said, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men won’t be in a charitable mood as they continue their push for silverware alongside their quest for Champions League football next season.

So, who will come out on top at Molineux? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, live stream information and more.

When is Wolves vs Espanyol and where can I watch live?

Competition: Europa League round-of-32 first leg

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Date: Thursday, 20 September 2020

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN

Live stream options: UK audiences with a BT Sport subscription can watch online or live stream through their app.

Recent form

Wolves

14-02-2020: Wolves 0-0 Leicester City (Premier League)

01-02-2020: Man Utd 0-0 Wolves (Premier League)

23-01-2020: Wolves 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League)

18-01-2020: Southampton 2-3 Wolves (Premier League)

15-01-2020: Man Utd 1-0 Wolves (FA Cup)

Wins: Draws: Defeats: Goals scored: Goals against: 5

Espanyol

16-02-2020: Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol (La Liga)

09-02-2020: Espanyol 1-0 Real Mallorca (La Liga)

01-02-2020: Granada 2-1 Espanyol (La Liga)

25-01-2020: Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)

22-01-2020: Real Sociedad 2-0 Espanyol (Copa del Rey)

Wins: Draws: Defeats: Goals scored: Goals against: 7

Ones to watch

Wolves: Adama Traore

Left out of the starting line-up against Leicester, Adama Traore should have that extra bit of energy in the tank to wreak havoc against Espanyol.

The winger has proven just about impossible to stop domestically and in Europe this season, dribbling past full-backs with ease and playing a key role by providing goals and assists.

He will look to run at Espanyol at every opportunity on Thursday night, giving the Spaniards’ defenders similar nightmares to the ones Premier League full-backs have been having all season.

Key stat: Only Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo (25) has completed more dribbles than Traore (22) in the Europa League this season.

Espanyol: Raul de Tomas

Signed from Benfica last month, Raul de Tomas has been a revelation since arriving at Espanyol, scoring in each of his four La Liga appearances before missing the 2-2 draw with Sevilla through injury.

If he is fit enough to play, the Spaniard will be desperate to carry on his scoring run for his new club and could give Wolves’ back three a difficult time.

De Tomas is yet to play in the Europa League this season, but he did find the net for Benfica in a Champions League group game against Zenit.

Key stat: De Tomas is responsible for four of Espanyol’s last seven La Liga goals.

Team news

Wolves

Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore were left out of the starting line-up against Leicester with Nuno rotating his squad ahead of a hectic run of fixtures. The duo should return here, meaning Leander Dendoncker and Pedro Neto will likely drop to the bench.

Predicted XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

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Espanyol

Sebastien Corchia is out for Espanyol, but the Spaniards will hope to have Raul de Tomas back – the striker has been struggling with an abductor injury.

Predicted XI: D. Lopez; Rios, Espinosa, Cabrera, Pedrosa; Roca, Sanchez; Embarba, Darder, Wu; De Tomas.

Squawka prediction

Espanyol will be seeking respite from their dreadful domestic form, but they’re unlikely to find it in the Midlands.

Indeed, Wolves should simply have too much quality for their Spanish visitors, particularly if Nuno’s attackers are on song.

And they are likely to be desperate for goals after drawing a blank in each of their last two games – Espanyol have been warned.

Scoreline prediction: Wolves 3-0 Espanyol