Raul Jimenez can help Wolves to victory over Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Mexican striker has been far and away Wolves’ biggest goal threat this season, something which is reflected by the fact he’s been consistently picked in the starting XI for both Premier and Europa League games.
He’s started all three so far in this competition and looks a worthy favourite in the first goalscorer market here.
He’s bagged a total of 11 goals in his 20 appearances so far this term and with Diogo Jota suspended, none of his team-mates for this game has scored more than twice.
Jimenez is also on penalties and should be relishing the chance to add to his tally.
Wolves have adapted fairly well to European competition, putting a poor start to the group behind them with back-to-back away wins, including a 2-1 success in the reverse fixture a couple of weeks ago.
Jimenez netted in that game which was the third in a row in which Slovan have conceded twice in this competition.
They’ve been fairly strong defensively in the Slovak league but the step up in class has, unsurprisingly, seen them breached with greater regularity and they seem likely to be on the back foot for much of the game at Molineux.
Wolves did lose to Braga in their last home Europa game but they’ve since lost just once in 10 games – and that was in a League Cup tie when they made many changes.
They admittedly haven’t been banging in the goals – just two of their Premier League games have featured over 2.5 which makes 19/20 about the unders tempting here - but when they have scored it’s often been Jimenez finding the target.
Raul Jimenez first goalscorer – 10/3 with bet365
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