Competition: Premier League
Market: Raul Jiminez to score anytime
Odds: 11/10 @ Bet 365
Still with their sights firmly set on securing a Champions League finish this season, Wolves will make the trip to an empty Villa Park in what is a Midlands derby on Saturday lunchtime.
Starting with the hosts, while Aston Villa might have managed to snatch a late point away at Newcastle in midweek, Dean Smith’s men find themselves in the midst of a real crisis. Still unable to find a route out of the drop zone and collecting just two points out of their last seven Premier League outings, the former Brentford boss will be desperate for his side to find some much-needed stability at the back. Along with shipping a pair of goals against Chelsea in the space of two minutes and throwing away the lead in dramatic fashion, no top-flight side have shipped more than Villa’s 58 goals this season. Hit with a 2-1 defeat when they faced off against their cross-town rivals back in November, the relegation scrappers could be in for another long afternoon at Villa Park this weekend.
As for the visitors, picking up a 1-0 win against another bottom-three outfit in the form of Bournemouth in midweek, Wolves have landed back-to-back wins since returning from the break. Along with continuing to gain plenty of plaudits for their recent displays at the back, there is no doubt that fans around Molineux will be hugely excited by Raul Jiminez’s extended purple patch. Once again finding the net on Wednesday evening and also marking his return with a strike at the London Stadium, the 29-year-old has landed four Premier League goals in his last five appearances either side of the break. Linked with the likes of Manchester United this summer and finding the net against Villa earlier in the season, we’re backing a fruitful afternoon for Wolves leading marksman this weekend.
Bet: Raul Jiminez 11/10 to score anytime against Aston Villa in Saturday’s Premier League derby @ Bet 365
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