May 8, 2021

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Team news and ways to follow ahead of Wolves vs Olympiakos in the Europa League last-16 second leg.

Team news

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s match at Molineux (kick-off 8pm).

Wolves’ final Premier League game – a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea on July 26 – cost them the chance to qualify for next season’s Europa League via the top flight. Their campaign started over a year ago in the Europa League qualifiers but midfielder Leander Dendoncker insists they are recharged and ready to play again.

“It has been very long with the break of lockdown and self-isolation but it has been a very nice season as well,” he said. “We’ve had ups and downs but more ups. It was a shame for the last game, Chelsea, finishing with the same points at Tottenham but not going into Europe (on goal difference).

“We can be very happy with the season so far and we have to do our best to end it in Europe as well. We’ve had some rest and days off. It’s very important to reload the batteries and be 100 per cent ready. Let’s hope we can win and go to the next stage.”

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is concerned about the number of games his side may have to play in a short space of time 0:28
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the Premier League should give teams involved in European competition more time off before the start of next season

Olympiakos will be without goalkeeper Jose Sa, who suffered an injury in training ahead of the clash with Wolves.

Bobby Allain is set to deputise.

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Olympiakos will also be without defender Ruben Semedo after he was sent off in the first leg on March 11.

Ruben Semedo was sent off for Olympiakos against Wolves in the Europa League
Image: Ruben Semedo was sent off for Olympiakos against Wolves in the Europa League

How to follow

Follow Wolves vs Olympiakos on Sky Sports’ digital platforms on Thursday with a dedicated live blog from 7pm.

Pedro Neto celebrates scoring for Wolves against Olympiakos
Image: Pedro Neto celebrates scoring for Wolves against Olympiakos back in March

Opta facts

  • This will be just the second competitive meeting between Wolves and Olympiakos, after the side’s 1-1 draw in Greece in the first leg.
  • Wolves’ Europa league campaign began over a year ago, playing their first qualifying game against Crusaders on 25th July 2019. The English side last progressed to the quarter finals of a major European competition back in 1972 in the UEFA Cup, going on to reach the final that season in which they were beaten by Tottenham.
  • Olympiakos have already knocked English opposition out of the Europa League this season, overcoming a first leg defeat to Arsenal in the previous round; Indeed the Greek side will be aiming to reach the quarter finals of a major European competition for the first time since the 1998-99 Champions League campaign.
  • Wolves have scored in all eight of their Europa League matches since their 0-1 defeat to Sporting Braga in their opening group game (18 goals in total).
  • Wolves’ Diogo Jota has scored a hat-trick in back-to-back Europa League appearances at Molineux (vs Besiktas & Espanyol) – the last player to score three hat-tricks in a single European season was Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid during the 2015-16 Champions League campaign.
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Charlie’s prediction

Wolves have disappointed me since coming back. You can get excited about a particular team, and one of teams that needed the rest more than most were Wolves. They could have gone after the top four, but seemed to fall off.

That was disappointing for the quality they had. Diogo Jota, Pedro Neto, some of the midfielders too. This is a good side and a good defensive side too, but something upset them and they lost their rhythm.

Olympiakos put Arsenal out when Arsenal had them by the throat. Wolves cannot take a risk and they need to get going sharpish, but this could be awkward. Olympiakos are a battling side, but I do think Wolves will get there. It will be a tough, tough night at Molineux, and it may be a nervy final 10 minutes for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Adama Traore and Mady Camara battle for possession during Wolves' Europa League tie against Olympiakos
Image: Adama Traore and Mady Camara battle for possession during Wolves’ Europa League tie against Olympiakos

Quarter-final draw

  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel/Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Manchester United vs Copenhagen
  • Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen/Rangers
  • Wolves/Olympiakos vs Sevilla/Roma

Semi-final draw in full

  • Wolves/Olympiakos or Sevilla/Roma vs Manchester United or Copenhagen
  • Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel/Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan or Bayer Leverkusen/Rangers

Europa League: key dates

  • Europa League quarter-finals: August 10/11 (8pm BST)
  • Europa League semi-finals: August 16/17 (8pm BST)
  • Europa League final: August 21 (8pm BST)

For a full assessment of the Europa League state of play read more here