Pyunik vs Wolves
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Seeing Pyunik eliminate Shkupi in the first qualifying round was not really a surprise. Seeing them do the same to Jablonec in the second round, was. The Armenians won 2-1 at home in the first leg, and last week they… persevered, earning a goalless draw in Czechia. It was the first game this season in which Pyunik failed to score, but given the result of the first leg, their top priority was not to concede. They did exactly that, keeping their first clean sheet of the season. That is, in four games, all in the Europa League qualifiers, as the championship in Armenia hasn’t started yet (at least not for Pyunik, whose debut last weekend got postponed, so as to give them… peace of mind to prepare for the game against Wolves). Russian coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov told reporters on Monday that his team will need to play two perfect-perfect games just to have at least a small chance of… shocking their Premier League rivals.
Stunning… Opposite Pyunik, there is a team that have most of the players in their roster being valued in today’s… “market”, more than Pyunik’s roster combined. Nuno Espírito Santo has an awesome group of players available, one that found things easy last week in Northern Ireland, when they visited Crusaders. Actually, they went 1-0 down in the 13th minute, because of an own-goal, but soon they… restored order, they were 1-3 up by halftime, and finished the game at 1-4. They had won 2-0 at home as well, in the first leg. Wolves are visiting Leicester on Sunday, it’s their Premier League debut, but their coach was clear, they are serious about reaching the Europa League group stage, they are serious about doing well in Europe, knowing that this may cost them domestically, at least at the start of the season.
Previous five matches:
Jablonec vs Pyunik 0-0
Pyunik Yerevan vs Jablonec 2-1
Shkupi vs Pyunik Yerevan 1-2
Pyunik Yerevan vs Shkupi 3-3
Pyunik Yerevan vs Cracovia Krakow 1-0
Crusaders vs Wolves 1-4
Wolves vs Crusaders 2-0
Wolves vs Manchester City 0-0
Newcastle vs Wolves 0-4
Liverpool vs Wolves 2-0
Pyunik’s next game is against Urartu, on Sunday (Armenia championship). Same day, Wolves will be visiting Leicester (England Premier League).
Pyunik vs Wolves: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Pyunik vs Wolves: Prediction
I would be surprised if Wolves didn’t win this game.
Pyunik vs Wolves: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Wolves win pays just over 1.20, I would risk with “Wolves and under 3.5 goals”, at 2.12. I do expect them to win and pretty much secure qualification, but not really… destroy the Armenian side.