Saturday, April 17, 2021

Prediction: Wolves vs West Ham

Verdict: West Ham draw no bet

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to break into the Champions League spots on Monday night, West Ham will make the trip to an empty Molineux when they face off against Wolves.

Wolves

Starting with the hosts, while Wolves might have gained plenty of plaudits after making their Premier League return back in 2018, The Oranges have endured their most testing campaign under Nuno Espírito Santo. Last seen heading into March’s international break with a 1-0 defeat against an inconsistent Liverpool on home soil, they have failed to win any of their last four top-flight contests. Failing to build off of that hard-fought 1-0 win against Leeds back on February 19th, Wolves have really struggled to fill the void left by an injured Raul Jiminez. Marking their return to action still scrapping it out in the bottom-half of the table, it should also be noted that Monday’s hosts have won just a trio of their last 16 Premier League matchups, a run that stems back to the middle of February. Although Wolves might be desperate to end their campaign with a flurry, they should be concerned by their most recent meeting against The Hammers. When Monday’s hosts traveled to East London back in September, they were hit with a shock 4-0 drumming in the capital.

Team News

Although Rui Patricio has been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says several players, including Joao Moutinho, are doubts on Monday night.

Daniel Podence, who has been out for two months with a groin injury, will also be assessed.

West Ham

As for the visitors, after last being seen heading into March’s international break throwing away that 3-0 lead against Arsenal on home soil, The Hammers will be desperate to make a return to winning ways in the Midlands. Despite having to settle for a point in the capital against their local rivals, David Moyes’ men have shocked many across the Premier League this season. Only just about managing to hold onto their top-flight status last summer, the former Manchester United boss finds his squad dreaming of a European finish. With Chelsea slipping up against West Brom on Saturday lunchtime, West Ham will know that victory on Monday night will see them skyrocket back into the top-four. Breaking a string of club records this year, it could be well worth keeping an eye out for the red-hot Jesse Lingard at Molineux. Enjoying a stunning purple patch since joining The Hammers on loan, the 28-year-old has played his way back into the England squad and has recorded five Premier League goals since moving to the capital.

Team News

West Ham have confirmed that the injured duo of Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko remain out on Monday night.

However, in a boost for The Hammers, Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals is set to return to the squad at Molineux.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in East London back in September, West Ham picked up a thumping 4-0 win.
    • Along with failing to win any of their last four Premier League matchups, Wolves have won just a trio of their last 16 top-flight contests.
    • Including back-to-back Premier League goals, loanee Jesse Lingard has recorded five Premier League goals for The Hammers.
    • West Ham have won three of their four top-flight games played on Mondays this season.
    • Wolves could go three consecutive Premier League matches without scoring for the first time in nine years.

    Conclusion

    While West Ham might have thrown away that three-goal lead against Arsenal when heading into the international break, The Hammers have really impressed many this season. Knowing that three points on Monday night would push them back into the Champions League spots, David Moyes’ side will be looking to make an immediate return to winning ways in the Midlands. With Wolves failing to win any of their last four Premier League contests last month, The Oranges have shown a host of issues this year. With just a trio of Premier League wins since the middle of December and watching West Ham land a thumping 4-0 win when they traveled to the capital back in September, don’t be surprised to see The Hammers leave with something to show for their troubles.

    Verdict: West Ham draw no bet

    Best Odds: 5/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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