Menu Close

Wolves discover potential Europa League opponents

Wolves will face Italian side Torino or Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus in the Europa League if they beat Armenian side FC Pyunik.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were drawn against their next potential play-off opponents on Monday. First though they have to beat Pyunik over two legs, with the first tie away on Thursday, followed by the return at Molineux a week later.

The first leg of the play-off ties are scheduled to take place away on Thursday, August 22, before the second legs seven days later at either Molineux or the Republican Stadium.

Both teams were one of 26 ‘seeded’ sides in the play-off round draw at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Before the draw, all 26 teams which will take part in the ‘Main Path’ of the draw were divided into two groups of eight teams and one group of 10 teams, with the ‘seeded’ teams to face one of the ‘unseeded’ sides.

Wolves and Pyunik were assigned a place in Group One, where they were drawn out to play the winner of the third qualifying round two-legged tie between Torino and Shakhtyor Soligorsk. The winners of those ties will discover their next opponents on Thursday, August 15.

Wolves haven’t played either potential opponent before, but they have faced – and beaten – opposition from Turin. Famously in their 1971-72 run to the UEFA Cup final, they beat Juventus 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-final. Jim McCalliog, who was captain in the injury-enforced absence of skipper Mike Bailey, scored to give Bill McGarry’s side a 1-1 draw in Turin, while Danny Hegan and Derek Dougan were on target in the second leg at Molineux to give Wolves a 2-1 win in front of 40,421.