Nuno Espirito Santo and his players continue to insist that their Europa League exploits during August have not hindered their domestic efforts, and there is some justification to their comments with several individual mistakes having undermined the team's efforts in recent games.
However, it is difficult to overlook the mental and physical energy taken up in overcoming Torino in the final qualifying round of this competition, given the importance of taking advantage of last season's seventh-placed finish in the Premier League.
The club's owners will no doubt want Nuno to place high priority on going as far as possible in Europe as they look to build their fanbase around the world, although the head coach will already have one eye on important top-flight games against Crystal Palace and Watford.
Whether it is in league or continental action, though, a solution needs to be found after shipping eight goals against Everton and Chelsea respectively, with Wolves at risk of losing the aura which has served them so well over the past two years.
While the squad will be grateful for their first match being at Molineux, they would have hoped for easier opponents than a Braga outfit who also have the potential to go deep into the tournament.
Like their hosts on Thursday, their league form has left a lot to be desired, especially in the aftermath of getting the better of Spartak Moscow at the end of August.
The fact that each of these two clubs have under-performed having come through the same schedule is probably no coincidence, and it is now up to Nuno and Ricardo Sa Pinto to find a solution going forward.
Such has been their respective form that both bosses will likely be content with a point apiece from the showdown in the West Midlands, although victory may prove to be the difference between qualification and elimination by the middle of December.
Wolverhampton Wanderers form: DWDWLL
Braga form: LWDWLL
Nuno is able to welcome back Willy Boly after the defender served a one-match suspension in the Premier League over the weekend.
Having regularly rotated his team in the league, Sa Pinto has plenty of options at his disposal for the encounter in England.
Former Fulham striker Rui Fonte will likely have to make do with a place among the replacements.
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez
Braga possible starting lineup: Matheus; Esgaio, Viana, Wallace, Sequeira; Galeno, Fransergio, A.Horta, Palhinha, R.Horta; Paulinho, Novais
We say: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Braga
Wolves were initially regarded as the clear favourites for this match, but it is difficult to back Nuno's side right now. While we still expect the home side to make most of the running, Braga have enough quality in their ranks to earn at least a share of the spoils.
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