Bet Builder tips: Jimenez can fire in this 26/1 Wolves v Leeds Friday night punt

Our tipster Shane O'Brien is siding with the hosts.

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Leeds gave their survival bid a huge shot in the arm against Norwich on Sunday, scoring a dramatic 94th minute winner after initially squandering a one-goal lead in injury time. They can now breathe a little easier, for the moment at least, as they currently enjoy a four-point buffer over third-from-bottom Watford.

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However, there is still a lot of football to be played between now and May and Leeds could easily find themselves reined in the coming weeks. They face a tricky trip to Molineux on Friday night to face a Wolves side that has found form once again after previously losing three games in a row.

Wolves v Leeds, Friday 18th March, 8pm
TV: Sky Sports Premier League/ Main Event

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Wolves to win

Wolves have won their last two games without conceding a goal, reigniting their bid to finish in the Europa League places at the end of the season.

A 94th minute penalty denied Wolves a win at Elland Road earlier in the season, but Bruno Lage’s side should come away with three points on Friday night.

Both teams to score? No

Ironically, that draw at Elland Road was one of just eight Wolves games where both teams have found the back of the net. No side have been involved in fewer goals this season than the Black Country outfit, who have scored just 29 goals and conceded only 23 in the league.

Only the current top three boast a better defensive record, while only the elite club of Burnley, Norwich, Brighton, and Everton have scored fewer goals than them.

Leeds boast a modest goalscoring record of 31 goals in 29 games, but they have found the back of the net in just one of their last five outings and none in their last three away games. They face one of the best organised defences in the league and could come up short once again.

At the other end, Wolves, in spite of their poor goalscoring record, will be confident of breaching a Leeds defence that has conceded more goals than anyone else in the Premier League this season.

Raul Jimenez anytime goalscorer

Raul Jimenez scored in Wolves’ recent 4-0 win against Watford to break a four-game scoring duck and establish himself as their top scorer in all competitions. Despite scoring six goals this season, the Mexican forward has outscored all of his clubmates, highlighting just how much his team have struggled in front of goal.

All six of Jimenez’s goals have come in six separate Wolves wins, with all six of those goals putting them ahead. His importance to this Wolves side cannot be overstated. Jimenez has also registered more assists (four) than any other Wolves player, meaning he has contributed to more than 33% of their total goal tally in the league. He can play an important role again on Friday.

Daniel Podence anytime assist

Jimenez may be the most likely Wolves player to register an assist on Friday night, but since he can’t assist himself and given the fact that Wolves are unlikely to score more than one goal, it is logical to look elsewhere.

Daniel Podence has registered just two assists all season and none in his last ten games, but he undeniably remains one of Wolves’ most creative players. He has created 37 chances this season – only Joao Moutinho has created more – and averages 1.3 key passes per 90 minutes.
Friday night seems as good a time as any to end his long assist drought.

Wolves v Leeds Bet Builder tips

Wolves to win
Both teams to score? No
Raul Jimenez anytime goalscorer
Daniel Podence anytime assist

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