Crusaders vs Wolves predictions and betting tips for the Europa League 2nd qualifying round 2nd leg on Thursday 1st August. Wolves look to secure their safe passage to the next qualifying round.
Wolves’ opponents came fourth in last season’s NIFL Premiership. Crusaders had to progress through an additional qualifying round, where they beat B36 Tórshavn, a Faroese semi-professional side, 5-2 across two legs.
The premier league side defeated Crusaders 2-0 in the first leg at Molineux. In truth, the score line doesn’t tell the full story. Wolves racked up 30 shots and dominated possession with 80% of the ball. Crusaders struggled to impose themselves on the game and took just one shot which was off target and won one corner to Wolves’ 11. It took until the 93rd minute for Portuguese wingback, Ruben Vinagre to seal the 2-0 win, but that now looks nigh on insurmountable for the Northern Irish club. Home advantage may give Crusaders some belief, but it won’t be enough to prevent Wolves from progressing.
The Wolves defence found things very easy last time out and should once again keep a clean sheet. Another win to nil is on the cards and represents good value.
Wolves were perhaps unlucky not to have converted more shots into goals last time out. Any lingering doubts should soon be put to bed in the second leg and we expect Wolves to put on a professional display. Another goal before half time should help Wolves pull off a half time/full time lead. Wolves/Wolves is priced at 8/15 in this market and looks extremely likely.
We fancy Wolves to convert their chances and think a similar score to the first leg is likely. With the Premier League season in sight and the tie almost put to bed, we don’t envisage too rampant a score line. For this one, we’re going with 3-0.
Wolves 3-0 – 11/2