The international break is over and it is high time The Hammers refocus on their domestic campaign. In the next nine weeks, their future in the continental competition will be determined by their results. Each game is vital and losing points could cost their hope for UCL dream, which is still possible. They are involved in the UCL race along with Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton as well as Leicester for two remaining spots in the European top-tier competition next season. This weekend, Tomas Soucek and Co will be travelling to Molineaux to encounter Wolves.
Both teams’ latest news
Wolves suffered a loss while taking on The Reds in their last outing. Nuno Santo’s men ironically conceded and the goal was scored by their former forward Diogo Jota. It was their first goal after returning from the long absence and the only goal of the game.
West Ham also failed to win in their last game before the international break. They were held in a 3-3 draw against Arsenal despite having three-goal lead. Jesse Lindgard, Jarred Bowen and Tomas Soucek gave them the lead but The Gunners did not give up and responded through two own goals of Tomas Soucek and Craig Dawson plus Alexander Lacazette’s bullet header.
Nuno Santo will still be opting for 3-5-2 or 3-4-2-1. Pedro Neto might be accompanied by Adama Traore upfront, instead of their new signing, William Jose who is still struggling to find his first goal on England. Ruben Neves will be the anchorman supported by Leandro Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho. Several names are unfortunately sidelined including the Rui Patricio, Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence.
David Moyes has been in favour of 4-2-3-1. Michael Antonio is still the target man supported by Jesse Lindgard, Jarred Bowen and Said Benrahma. Several names would still be ruled out such as Arthur Masuaku, Pablo Fornals, Darren Randolph, Angelo Ogbonna and Andrey Yarmolenko.
Players to watch
Pedro Neto is the key man and top performer this season. He has netted five goals and made five assists in all competition. Another notable name to watch is his Portuguese teammante Ruben Neves.
The arrival of Jesse Lindgard really boosts West Ham lately. The Manchester United loanee has scored five goals and two assists. Some other key figures to watch are Tomas Soucek and Jarred Bowen plus Michael Antonio.
Wolverhampton vs West Ham Prediction
Wolves’ form this season is quite below the expectation. They are now sitting on mid lower table and have been winless in the past four games. This could be a chance for David Moyes’ men to pick up at least one point here.
According to punters, neither side is the favorite here. Joao Moutinho and Co are priced to win at 39/19 whereas West Ham is backed to win at 18/11. The odds for a draw result are at the value of 9/4.