Wolves vs Braga
Europa League Group K
8:00pm Thursday 19th September
Team news, predictions and essential stats ahead of Wolves vs Braga since the Europa League group stage starts.
Wolves welcome again Willy Boly after the defender served a suspension in the Premier League.
Ryan Bennett could be recalled at the expense of Jesus Vallejo, who struggled by Chelsea in Molineux.
While Ruben Vinagre and Jonny Otto could be rotated at nuno Espirito Santo have to decide between Adama Traore and Matt Doherty at right wing-back.
Braga manager Ricardo Sa Pinto has plenty of choices at his disposal. Andre Horta might be drafted back in the midfield instead of Paulinho.
Former Fulham striker Rui Fonte might need to settle for a spot among the substitutes.
This is going to be the first assembly between Braga and Wolves.
Wolves have won five of the six previous meetings with all Portuguese opponents (L1), though all of those came from 1971 and 1974.
Braga have just won one of their eight away games against English resistance (D2 L5), defeating Birmingham 3-1 in the 2011-12 Europa League.
Braga haven’t lost his opening group stage game before, winning three and drawing one. All three of these wins have come away games.
That is Wolves’ first appearance in a significant competition as the 1980-81 UEFA Cup. They won each of the Europa League qualifiers this season, netting 19 goals, with Diogo Jota with a hand in eight of those goals (3 goals, 5 assists).
Nuno Espirito Santo will want to have one over. Braga are always dangerous but don’t travel well. Are Wolves caught up in the emotion of their Europa League? Because they were thumped by Chelsea they even took their foot off the pedal in Premier League.
They were blown away at the weekend and it had been very unlike them to concede five and make errors. They will need to get back to basics and get a win in in the Premier League, however this will be taken by Nuno seriously and that I anticipate Wolves to become too strong here, getting off to a start in the group stages.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
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