Premier League action resumes as West Ham take on Wolves at Molineux, a stadium at which West Ham have not won since August 2009. The Hammers look to continue their push for Champions League football while Wolves are heading towards a mid-table finish, with beaches and golf courses surely beginning to enter some of the player’s minds.
Justin: Wolves 1-1 West Ham
This is going to be a tough game. Yes, West Ham dominated the reverse fixture that eventually kicked off our great run of form, but you can never take Wolves for granted. As mentioned above, West Ham have also found it very difficult to get any sort of result against Wolves at their home ground.
I’m interested to see if some of West Ham’s key players who played international fixtures will be sharp and ready to go, or a bit tired and lethargic given they haven’t had much of a break.
The players we have to watch out for are Pedro Neto and Adama Traore. Yes, the latter hasn’t scored or assisted any goals this season, but we all know that West Ham is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to those who have undergone a scoring drought. Plus, Traore always seems to give us grief on their right-hand side and Cresswell has always had trouble dealing with pace.
Neto has been Wolves’ best attacker, scoring five goals and creating just one fewer chance all season than Lionel Messi. Vladimir Coufal will have his hands full with him.
Overall, I think it will be an ugly, boring game with West Ham scoring first and Wolves equalizing late in the second half. It seems the West Ham defense has been recently missing a bit of that killer instinct late in games. If there is a chance for Ogbonna to start, surely he must.
West Ham return from international break to take on Wolves as the Hammers look to pull off the double and continue their push for a top four finish.
Scott: Wolves 0-2 West Ham
West Ham are simply a better team than Wolves this season. Since Jimenez’s injury, Wolves have struggled for goals and although they have the backbone of a solid Premier League side, they are not gelling at key points. On the other hand, the Hammers all seem to be playing above their on-paper ability.
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With Ogbonna and Fornals back in contention to start, we may see the usual suspects in the squad. Plus, if the midfield can carry on their international form, we’re going to be a hard squad to stop. We’re a constant threat from open play and set pieces, and solid at the back. All in all, we’re a better side and should be looking at this game as three points for the taking.
Lou: Wolves 1-1 West Ham
The international break arguably came at the right time for West Ham, with our form having dropped off slightly over the past couple of games.
We blew a three goal lead to Arsenal in our last match, which put a bit of a dent in our Champions League aspirations. We really need to be going all out for maximum points at Molineux if we have any realistic hope of finishing in the top four. I’m going to predict a draw though, as despite having tailed off this season, Wolves can still be a difficult side to play.
Their form has also improved since the New Year. That would mean, depending on other results, we would be battling for the Europa League places at best, which still aren’t to be sniffed at.
Jeremiah: Wolves 1-2 West Ham
As both West Ham and Wolves get going again in Premier League action, it could be hard to imagine the outcome. Both Lingard and Rice looked great while on international duty, so you have to expect that form to flow over.
Going back to September, the Hammers were on cloud nine, winning the reverse fixture 4-0. I don’t expect that to happen again, but you have to think the excitement and chance of European football may be settling in. West Ham wins in a tight affair.
Jack: Wolves 1-3 West Ham
Our game against Wolves will be a big test of character following our 3-3 draw with Arsenal. Despite having been 3-0 up, we managed to crumble and drop two precious points in our European race.
This game will show us if that Arsenal result was a fluke or if we are showing signs of complacency and fading out of the top four race.
Wolves are starting to pick up form and have been playing a lot better of late. They will also be looking for pay back after we battered them 4-0 earlier in the season. However, the men from Molineux are still without their main man Raul Jimenez. Daniel Podence is also still out injured, giving us a big boost.
With the return of Fornals, we will have a near-full strength squad, giving us a great chance of getting all three points. We will be keen to put the Arsenal game behind us and I think we will do that with a victory over Nuno’s wolf pack.
Jonathan: Wolves 1-3 West Ham
After more than two weeks between West Ham games, I found myself tweeting about things as mundane as salt and as grandiose as Godzilla. Which is to say, thank God the Premier League is back.
West Ham are flying high in fifth place and face off against 13th place Wolves. The clubs have traded places in 2021 as last season Wolverhampton finished seventh and West Ham 16th. A win would keep West Ham in that fifth spot and ensure we control our own destiny for European football with eight games left.
I think 15 days of reflection following the blown 3-0 lead against Arsenal will ensure West Ham are organized at the back, especially since Wolves have struggled to score since star striker Raul Jimenez fractured his skull in November.
This has left defensive midfielder Ruben Neves and left winger Pedro Neto tied as the club’s top goalscorers with just five goals apiece.
On the other end of the ball, West Ham hope to continue a fine run of goal scoring which has seen them find the back of the net 11 times in their last 6 games. (This may not be atomic-heat-beam hot, but it’s much warmer than the ice-cold spell we experienced back in December.)
West Ham should win this one 3-1.