Torino to break Wolves hearts

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Torino

The Europa League play-off round comes to a conclusion on Thursday and Wolverhampton Wanderers are in for a tough ride against Torino in the second leg at Molineux.

Torino to qualify @ 25/4

Wolves head into the home encounter holding a 3-2 advantage but that late goal for Torino in that first game, which came in the 89th-minute from the boot of Andrea Belotti, has put the Italian outfit in with a chance.

The visitors must score twice to stand any chance of progressing to the main draw of the Europa League but they have regularly been finding the back of the net on their travels, having netted in seven of the last eight away matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men looked a little fatigued in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Burnley and they had to rely on a 97th-minute penalty from Raul Jimenez, who was controversially awarded the spot-kick despite Erik Pieters making minimal contact on the Mexican.

Torino have lost just one of their previous five away matches in the Europa League – beating the likes of Copenhagen and Athletic Bilbao – and they have a great chance of adding Wolves’ scalp to their collection.

Rangers v Legia Warsaw – Legia to qualify @ 43/20

This tie is finely poised after a goalless draw in Poland last week and Rangers’ inability to grab an away goal could have damning consequences in their pursuit of a place in the main draw.

Steven Gerrard’s men were poor in the first leg, failing to create any chance of note, and they are lucky not to be behind in the tie with Legia passing up three good opportunities during the match.

On a positive note for the Gers, they are unbeaten in their last nine competitive home matches while they haven’t lost a Europa League clash at Ibrox since 2011 – an unbeaten run stretching to 12 games.

However, Legia have not lost in their previous five away outings and they know an away goal on Thursday would change the whole complexion of the tie.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Strasbourg – BTTS @ 5/4

Strasbourg pulled off an impressive 1-0 victory in the first leg in France to give themselves a chance of progressing but they could find life difficult on Thursday, having lost two of their last three away Europa League matches.

Frankfurt have lost their last two games in all competition but they have triumphed in the last three matches at the Commerzbank-Arena, proving how strong they are on home soil.

With the hosts needing to score to stand any chance of qualifying and Strasbourg knowing an away goal could prove crucial, backing both teams to score looks a solid bet.