Raúl Jiménez

'Jiménez Has Been Fantastic For Wolves'

Birmingham Mail journalist Alex Dicken has warned Leicester City to be wary of Wolves forward Raúl Jiménez ahead of their clash at Molineux on Saturday (12:30pm GMT kick-off).
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- Leicester City travel to Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30pm GMT kick-off)
- This week's Opposition View comes from Birmingham Mail journalist Alex Dicken
- City have defeated Wolves in the league and the Carabao Cup (on penalties) this season
- LCFC Radio coverage is live from 10:30am on Saturday morning, free of charge

The 70-capped Mexico international striker has scored six goals during his maiden season for Nuno Espírito Santo's outfit – who currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League standings.

City are three places above their opponents in eighth, but will have to be alert to the dangers of Jiménez, who Dicken has labelled the West Midlands club's ‘best player’ of the 2018/19 season so far.

“Jiménez came in the summer and we didn’t know what to expect from him,” the Birmingham Mail reporter told LCFC Radio, which goes live from 10:30am GMT on Saturday.

“He’d been at a lot of big clubs [América, Atlético Madrid and Benfica], usually as a substitute rather than a starter, but he’s been absolutely fantastic.

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“He’s been Wolves’ best player this season by a mile. He has scored six goals and got five assists and those stats speak for themselves. He’s a key player, linking up play, and he is really mobile as well.”

Leicester’s best chance of success could be deploying a counter-attacking stratagem, Dicken believes - certainly if Wolves' record of counteracting that tactic is anything to by.

“It’s a difficult one to predict because the perception among other supporters in the league is that Wolves tend to turn up against the bigger teams,” he added.

“They do well against teams in the top six and tend to struggle against the sides who they are directly competing with, which is a group of clubs which includes Leicester.

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Enjoy the goals from King Power Stadium as the Foxes defeated Wolves in their first home outing of the 2018/19 season.

“Especially at home, Wolves have struggled to break down teams which have come to sit behind the ball and play counter-attacking football, which is why they’ve had more success against the bigger sides.

“If Leicester do come and sit back, that will probably be their best bet for success because Wolves do struggle with that approach.

“It’s these sort of games that Wolves fans don’t relish because teams know how to go about it and the atmosphere is a little flatter at Molineux than it would be against a big six side.

“If Wolves get an early goal, it’s a different equation because the away side has to open up, but that’s not really been the case this season at home in games they are expected to perform well in.”

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