Leander Dendoncker upbeat over Wolves’ Europa League chances


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Leander Dendoncker is confident Wolves can go far in the Europa League although he also knows there are still obstacles to overcome to reach the group stage.

The Molineux outfit took a giant step towards reaching the play-off round after a 4-0 victory away at Armenian side Pyunik on Thursday night. Raul Jimenez scored twice in Yerevan, with Matt Doherty and Ruben Neves also on the scoresheet, and they are in pole position to seal progression in next week’s return leg.

That seems a formality although there is then a real possibility of facing Italian side Torino for a place in the group stage. That will be tough, but Dendoncker has a good feeling about the competition if they can get past the Turin outfit.

He told the Express & Star: “First we have to try to go into the group stage, and it won’t be easy because if we go through the next game is probably against Torino, who would be a very tough opponent.”

Despite the possible long journey ahead, Wolves are tipped to do well in the Europa League and can be backed at 17.00, with Manchester United on offer as the 5.50 favourites.

Next up for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men is their Premier League opener against Leicester City on Sunday, and Dendoncker, who has now penned permanent terms after a season on loan in the West Midlands, is eager to get going domestically.

“Things have gone well in pre-season,” he added. “We played a lot of games already and there are a lot coming up. I’m looking forward to Sunday.” Wolves are 3.40 to beat Leicester, with the Foxes on offer at 2.25.

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