Verdict: Both teams to score
Best odds: 1.70
West Ham will be looking to build on the recent Europa League success with a Premier League home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. A full London Stadium is expected to back their favourites for another fine performance on Sunday.
West Ham are going through a very good period, having qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League and occupying a very good position in the Premier League. The Hammers managed to finish the group stage of the UEFA competition in style, beating Freiburg at home 2-0. It was a victory that washed away the shameful defeat suffered last week on Fulham’s ground. David Moyes’ players suffered a cold shower at Craven Cottage losing with an implausible 5-0 scoreline. It was a failure that ended an admirable streak of six matches without defeat in all competitions (five wins and a draw).
West Ham can move closer to the top 6 if they manage to defeat Wolves. At home, David Moyes’ team is a real force. Only Manchester City and Everton have managed to walk away with three points from the London Stadium so far this season. Beating English football heavyweights such as Chelsea and Arsenal at home has positioned the hosts as favourites against the Wolves. West Ham have dismantled the visitors in their last three direct clashes at home, without conceding a goal in any of them.
Michail Antonio, the Jamaican striker, is the only unavailable player from West Ham’s squad.
Moyes will stick to his already well-known 4-3-3 attacking system. A solid back-four line consisting of Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson and Coufal will be looking to stop the visitor’s attacks. James Ward-Prowse has been outstanding this season and another assist or a goal scored is what the talented midfielder will be looking to produce. Kudus, Soucek and Lucas Paqueta will back the in-form striker Bowen to get on the scoring sheet.
The visitors find themselves in the second half of the table, at a comfortable distance (10 points) from the relegation positions. Garry O’Neil’s side is having a good season considering the exodus of players in recent transfer periods. Wolves are very difficult to beat, achieving some extraordinary results. Defending champions Manchester City are just one of the top victims of today’s visitors. Garry O’Neil demonstrated his managerial skills by beating Guardiola at the Molineux Stadium 2-1. However, the story is quite different in the away games, Wolves losing 6 of their 9 outings. The last 3 consecutive defeats in games played on the road highlight a psychological problem that O’Neil has yet to fix on his squad.
If the defeat suffered at the Emirates on Arsenal’s turf (score 2-1) was somewhat expected, we cannot say the same about the games played against Fulham and Sheff Utd. Although they lost both games, a positive thing remains that today’s visitors managed to score in both matches (3-2 at Fulham and 2-1 at Sheffield Utd). Failing to score at the London Stadium in their last 3 games makes West Ham a Boogeyman for Wolverhampton.
Pedro Netto has missed the last 6 Premier League matches but his getting near to full recovery after his hamstring injury. However, Gary O’Neil considers him a very important player therefore he will not rush his return on the pitch. Jonny Otto is still suspended for disciplinary reasons after displaying rude behaviour towards the staff and his fellow youth academy player Tawanda Chirewa.
Key factors to consider
West Ham is a goal-scoring machine netting at least 1 goal in 7 of their last 8 games.
David Moyes built a fortress on London Stadium which only Everton and Machester City managed to conquer.
The Hammers had their morale boosted after the 2-0 home win against Frankfurt in the Europa League.
Wolves are struggling on the road pulling narrow wins only at Bournemouth (2-1) and Everton (1-0).
Garry O’Neil will be looking to bring his side the 1st victory at London Stadium since 2020.
Except for Pedro Neto, Wolverhampton has all the players available for the trip to London.
West Ham is the favourite to win considering the latest results. Although Wolves had disappointing results when playing away from home, Gary O’Neil’s side scored at least 1 goal in all of their away matches with the exception being the 1-0 loss at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best odds: 1.70