Mexico must show that they’re a reinvigorated side or they’ll risk not making it out of the group stage with Argentina and Poland being the main contenders in the group. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the 2022 World Cup.
Poor Season with Wolves
After a couple of brilliant seasons with Wolves in the Premier League, Mexico’s striker Raul Jimenez’s performances have diminished later term. His bad streak began once he suffered a head injury that kept him away from the pitches for over nine months and it was unclear if he’d be able to play soccer again.
Jimenez suffered a skull fracture in a collision with David Luiz in 2020. He then played a full season with Wolves but he has been lacking the final touch scoring just six goals and offering just four assists in 34 games for Wolves. It’s important to note that he enjoyed a strong connection on the pitch with Adama Traore but the Spanish international got sold to Barcelona last season.
Since the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo, Jimenez hasn’t found a way to reconnect with his teammates being far from the 17 goals he scored in two consecutive seasons. Bruno Lage used him many times as a substitute and everyone is talking about a move to the Spanish La Liga.
It would be easy for the club to offload Jimenez just because he struggled at times in 2021/22 and only scored six goals. But his link-up play was often still quite good. Undoubtedly, he was way below the level he showed prior to his injury. But that was sure to be expected. But he did show signs that he is still a great all-around center-forward. Wolves need to be keeping the Mexican international as he deserves another season to try and get back to the player he was.
Let’s face it, it was a “miracle” he survived the impact with Luiz, and it was a miracle he got back on the pitch and scored six goals during the last season. That means the soccer Gods want him to play more and if you’re betting online you should back him to find the back of the net many times for Mexico.
To be or not to be at Wolves
Jimenez reported back to pre-season training last week but there are many rumors regarding his future with the club. The transfer window is yet to be closed, with many Mexican players who belong to top European clubs expected to change teams till the end of July. According to reports in Italy, the departure of Dries Mertens from Napoli could open the possibility of Jimenez joining his Mexico teammate Hirving Lozano. Make sure you won’t include Napoli in your soccer picks and parlays next season because they lost many important players this summer.
The price of Jimenez has dropped to $18m, an affordable option for the top teams in Europe, including Napoli. The good news for the Mexican player is the fact that Barcelona will not activate the buying clause for Adama Traore so the Spanish international will return to Wolves to rejoin his partner in the attacking line. Jimenez has been linked with Bayern Munich back in May, although there’s no formal offer from the Bavarian giants. We definitely know that he’s a lock in Tata Martino’s squad for the World Cup and if he stays fit he will certainly be a player to watch.
World Cup Expectations
After qualifying for the World Cup in style, finishing second, equal on points with Canada, Mexico played three friendly games this summer and two CONCACAF Nations League fixtures. They only lost once, 3-0 to Uruguay, winning two games in the process. Jimenez appeared just two times in the starting lineup failing to find the back of the net.
One of the biggest problems that the Mexicans must cope with is the lack of attacking firepower with coach Gerardo Martino already looking to improve. He declared that all players will have their chance to be in the Mexican team so Jimenez must start to season well with his club in order to be sure of his starting XI spot.
Mexico are priced at -120 to qualify from Group C with the latest soccer odds while Jimenez is priced at +8000 to win the Golden Boot Award for the most goals scored at the World Cup. Argentina will probably win the group with Mexico determined to fight Poland for the second qualifying spot.