Wolves vs West Ham 05 apr 2021
Molineux, Wolverhampton, England
Key Stat: Wolves haven't scored more than one goal in a game in their last five and have gone goal-less in their last two.
Expert Verdict: It will take a few more gameweeks without Wolverhampton picking up a win for them to have to seriously consider relegation, but as with all sides in mid-table, the sooner they can rule it out the better for all at the club. They currently have 35 points and their next five fixtures after this game are all against teams below them in the league. Looking at the other end of the table, West Ham United never expected to be knocking on the door of Europe this season and a win at Molineux would set them up well for a relatively comfortable run-in of games.
Neither Wolves in 13th position, or the Hammers in 5th, come into this game in strong form. The home side haven’t won a game in their last four, leaving Wolverhampton nervously looking over their shoulders and West Ham, who have won only one of their last four, are now reassessing those Champions League aspirations. A win for either will be just the tonic. The Premier League match takes place on April 5 and the live action at Molineux kicks off at 20:15 local time.
Defenders:Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly
Defensive Midfielders:Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny
Attacking Midfielders:Pedro Neto
Forwards:Adama Traore, Fabio Silva
Defenders:Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Aaron Cresswell
Defensive Midfielders:Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice
Attacking Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Jesse Lingard, Said Benrahma
This will be the 66th meeting between the sides since their first game in 1905. Overall, West Ham United have won 30 compared to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 22, which isn’t a bad return for Wolves considering they only first managed to beat the Hammers at the thirteenth time of asking in 1960. West Ham ran out easy winners back in September, romping to a 4-0 win at the London Stadium with goals from Jarrod Bowen (2), an own-goal from Raul Jimenez and a last minute effort from Sebastien Haller.
West Ham are favourites and can be backed at 8/5 with 10Bet to win
Wolves to fail to score has been set at 13/8 with Betway
Michail Antonio is 12/5 with 10Bet to score at any time
West Ham haven’t returned home from Molineux with three points since 2009 and this may be their best opportunity to do so again. Wolves, who had played with so much confidence and fluidity in recent seasons, have really looked a shadow of their former selves as the swagger has ebbed away. We expect David Moyes’ side to have too much in all departments and to get their bid for a top four spot back on track.