The draw for the Europa League 2nd qualifying round took place today and Wolves learned they will face either the Crusaders or B36 Tórshavn.
Molineux will host the first leg on Thursday July 25, meanwhile the pack will travel to either Northern Ireland or the Faroe Islands for the second leg on Thursday August 1.
Neither of the two teams would be pushovers, but it’s clear that the Molineux faithful want the Crusaders.
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“Cracking ground and a good team”
Wolves were one of 37 seeded teams in today’s Europa League draw at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Fosun, Nuno Espirito Santo, and Wolves’ following will learn whether they’re facing the Crusaders or B36 Tórshavn after July 18.
As the Crusaders and B36 Tórshavn duke it out for a place in the 2nd qualifying rounds, Wolves will be in China from July 13 to 21 for the Premier League Asia trophy.
This marks the club’s first ever appearance in China, and they will face Newcastle United in the semi-finals on July 17 (Premier League).
Wolves are lucky to have been given two unimpressive opponents, but it’s still obvious that the pack would rather play the Crusaders.
B36 Tórshavn play on the Faroe Islands at the Gundadulr Stadium (5,000 capacity), meanwhile the Crusaders are situated in Belfast at the Seaview stadium (3,383 capacity).
Maybe it’s because they’re closer to home than the 18 islands between the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, but Wolves fans are desperate to play the Crusaders.
One Wolf noted that the Crusaders have a “cracking ground,” while one fan pointed out the steep difference in price.
If it’s @CrusadersFC I’m going, cracking ground a good team.
— Ayden Callaghan (@AydenCallaghan) June 19, 2019
£28 Belfast return….£240 Faroe Islands via Paris ✈️
— Calum (@calumr1988) June 19, 2019
A couple of followers admitted to not knowing who either team is, and Copa 90 uploaded beautiful art of Wolves pursuing the Europa League trophy.
— Breadmaker6 (@Breadmaker6) June 19, 2019
— COPA90 (@COPA90) June 19, 2019
Wolves should beat the Crusaders and B36 Tórshavn on paper, but Nuno won’t let his side be complacent and disrespectful.
Neither opposition will be pushovers when push comes to shove, and Wolves will have to deal with conditions they’re not used to after being treated to first-class facilities by Fosun.