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Wolves should ease into the Europa playoff round

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Wolves have virtually booked their place in the Europa League playoff round courtesy of their 4-0 romp at Pyunik last week and can put the finishing touches to the tie at Molineux.

It’s widely expected that Wolves will win and win well but the better bet is probably something less lavish. Under 4.5 goals at odds against looks a decent shout.

Nuno Espirito Santo will make changes to his team who drew 0-0 at Leicester on Sunday.

The Wolves boss also has a home game against Manchester United to plan for which will be followed three days later by a trip to Italy to take on Torino in the final round before the group stage.

That, of course, presumes both Wolves and Torino make it and both look formalities.

This hectic schedule means Nuno can box clever with the tie as good as over.

Pyunik will be slightly stronger with Erik Vardanyan back from suspension and the fact they drew 0-0 at decent Czech outfit Jablonec in the previous round confirms they can go tight on their travels when necessary.

The Armenians haven’t lost an away game since February and may stay competitive at Molineux.

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Under 4.5 goals

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Match in Focus

19:30 TODAY BT3

Wolfsburg v Hoffenheim

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Wolfsburg have kept one clean sheet in their last eight home Bundesliga matches
Expert verdict
Hoffenheim have made a poor start to the Bundesliga season under new coach Alfred Schreuder and have failed to score in three of their opening four games but could still threaten on their trip to Wolfsburg, who have lost just one of their last 13 home matches but kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games on their own patch. Wolfsburg should justify favouritism as Wout Weghorst and Josip Brekalo have both hit the ground running but Hoffenheim scored in all 17 away games last term.