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Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava: Wanderers want fast start

Kick-off: 2000, 07/11/2019

Stadium: Molineux

TV: BT Sport

Wolves did well to come from behind and beat Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in Slovakia and are fancied to come out on top in another open encounter at Molineux.

Wanderers are currently a point behind Europa League Group K leaders Braga, with their opponents three points back in third at the halfway stage.

The visitors have been involved in a trio of entertaining contests but do look defensively naive at times.

We’re going with 23/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game as our initial Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava prediction.

A Look At Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Betting Odds

Wolves were slow to get going in the first encounter between these sides and fell behind when an 11th-minute Andraz Sporar strike deflected off Conor Coady to outfox Rui Patricio.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo tweaked a few things at the interval and the introduction of flying winger Adama Traore helped to inspire an improved performance in the second period.

Romain Saiss levelled the scores with a long-range effort and then Raul Jimenez netted from the penalty spot after he was pushed by Vernon De Marco.

Diogo Jota was sent off with three minutes remaining for two quickfire bookings, but it was still a positive outcome for Wanderers.

“It’s very good to have six points with two matches at home in the second half of the group,” said Jimenez. “We are proud of ourselves to come back and get the result.

“Maybe we needed them to score to have a reaction, but we have to work on that. We have to score first and manage the game – and after that we can keep going and win.”

After also having to come from behind when drawing at Newcastle and Arsenal in subsequent Premier League matches, Nuno will urge his team to be focused from the outset here.

Looking at the Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava odds, we like Evens for the hosts to be ahead at half-time and full-time in this fixture.

Jota is banned after his late red card in Slovakia two weeks ago while Morgan Gibbs-White is still struggling with a back problem.

Matt Doherty is expected to be fit despite being forced off at Arsenal with a knee injury. Ryan Bennett has recovered from a groin injury and should return to the squad.

A Look At Slovan Bratislava’s Betting Odds

Slovan won their domestic title by 17 points last term and had to get past useful Greek outfit PAOK in one of three Europa League qualifying rounds, so they are clearly no mugs.

Bratislava exploited a loophole to gift tickets to children as a crowd of over 20,000 watched the first contest, which was initially due to be played behind closed doors as punishment for racist behaviour.

Head coach Jan Kozak said of that match: “Of course, I am disappointed, because this was a game where we deserved a better result.

“At half-time, they made some tactical changes and unfortunately we made some mistakes and were punished.

“We can still challenge for the first two spots, we want to take as many points as possible in the group.”

That positive approach was apparent in the first couple of pool games, with Slovan scoring twice in stoppage time to beat Besiktas 4-2, before coming from behind twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at Braga.

There is enough evidence to suggest the visitors will again have their moments at Molineux, but we’re still adding 23/2 for a 3-1 home victory to our Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava betting tips.

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Last Europa League result:

SLOVAN BRATISLAVA 1-2 WOLVES – Andraz Sporar + Romain Saiss, Raul Jimenez (pen)

Previous head-to-head: N/A

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