Wolves vs West Ham Prediction
Wolves vs West Ham
Just last season Wolves were hunting a European place with just a few rounds to go, now it’s their opponents West Ham that are in the continental race whilst they languish in the Premier League’s (PL) bottom half after failing to win their previous four matches (D2, L2), and failing to score before the 60th minute in five straight.
Wolves will be out for revenge though after a 4-0 loss in the reverse fixture handed them their joint-heaviest PL defeat across the last nine years. However with three of Wolves’ last four competitive home wins coming after a drawn first half, and all four witnessing a one-goal margin, any revenge is likely to be hard-fought rather than emphatic.
West Ham’s first PL victory of the season came in that reverse fixture, and kick started a remarkable campaign that’s witnessed the ‘Hammers’ pick up 14 wins after 29 rounds (W14, D7, L8) – you have to go back to 1985/86 to find a West Ham team that’s registered more top-flight victories at this stage of a campaign. Subsequently, they’re not only challenging for a Champions League place, but are also in the running to claim a first league double over Wolves since 1922 – the year English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb!
However the visitors need to rediscover their form on the road, as they’re winless in their previous four away outings (D1, L3), albeit all four witnessed a drawn first half. That’s been the case in ten of West Ham’s PL away games this term (HT: W2, D10, L2), so expect action after HT.
Players to score: Rúben Neves’ last four PL strikes have put Wolves level at 1-1, which could be useful considering Tomáš Souček is forming a habit of scoring away, netting West Ham’s first goal four times on the road this PL campaign.
Hot stats: The final match goal has arrived after the 80th minute in six straight H2Hs.
Prediction: Wolves  vs  West Ham