Wolves host West Ham in a best of the rest clash

Last updated: January 28, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Tuesday, 19:45
Venue: Molineux
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Form: DWLLW
Away Form: WLDWL
Last Meeting: West Ham 0 – 1 Wolves
Competition: EPL

One of the most interesting looking of Tuesday’s fixtures is Wolves against West Ham. Both teams are competing for the title of best of the rest and a seventh place finish. Just one point and two places separates the teams, with the winner likely to jump up into that coveted seventh spot.

Despite their respectable EPL standings, neither team fared well against lower league opposition in the FA Cup at the weekend. Wolves only earned a draw against Shrewsbury via a last minute Matt Doherty goal, while West Ham were embarrassed by Wimbledon, who are currently rock bottom of League One.

Nuno Espírito Santo had to make changes and bring on his big guns with his team trailing 2-0 to Shrewsbury on Saturday. Wolves eventually earned a replay after scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes, but that wasn’t the best preparation for this one. Nevertheless, many players were mostly given a rest, so Wolves should be relatively fresh. One player sure to start is Diogo Jota. He scored a fantastic hattrick two weeks back and is starting to look like the player of last season once again. The winger had a difficult start to life in the EPL and couldn’t replicate his form of last season, but is now looking like his self. Wolves will be dangerous going forward then, but they will once again be without Wily Boly in defence, as he continues to serve his ban for a red card.

West Ham can’t sink any lower after losing to AFC Wimbledon, but the Hammers too rested many key players. One that should return the starting lineup is Marko Arnautovic. The forward has just signed a contract extension with West Ham, after it looked certain that he would leave for China. That is a massive boost for West Ham, and it should also help to clear the grey clouds and boost morale too. West Ham too are dangerous going forward. Nasri, Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson are as deadly a trio as any, but West Ham can also soon welcome back Manuel Lanzini. The midfielder is finally fit once again from an injury and is working his way back to match fitness. Things are looking up for West Ham once again and if things go their way, they could be the team to clinch that coveted seventh spot.

Team News

Willy Boly is still suspended after seeing red against Manchester City.

Otherwise Wolves have a full squad to choose from. Matt Doherty should return to the starting lineup after being rested in the last match.

Manuel Lanzini is finally training with the squad as he looks to build up match fitness.

Marko Arnautovic has signed a contract extension with West Ham and he should return to the starting 11.

Expected Line-Ups:

Wolves (4-3-3): Rui Patrício, Bennett, Coady, Saïss, Castro Otto, Dendoncker, Neves, João Moutinho, Doherty, Jiménez, Jota
Subs: Vinagre, Cavaleiro, Hélder Costa, Gibbs-White, Ruddy Giles, Traoré
Not available: Boly
West Ham (4-3–3): Fabianski, Zabaltea, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Antonio, Nasri, Felipe Anderson, Hernández
Subs: Snodgrass, Adrián, Obiang, Carroll, MAsuaku, Costa Silva, Diangana
Injured: Balbuena, Reid, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Carlos Sánchez
Doubtful: Fredericks, Lanzini
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Wolves This Season West Ham This Season
8th League Position 10th
5 (4) Wins (away) 5 (4)
4 – 3 v Leicester (H) Biggest Win 4 – 2 v Burnley (H)
2 (3) Draws (away) 2 (2)
0 – 3 v Man City (A) Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 v Liverpool (A)
Raúl Jiménez (7) Top Goal Scorer Felipe Anderson (7)
Y42, R1 Discipline Y42, R1
7 Failures to Score 9
21% Clean Sheets 17%
47% Both Teams to Score Games 47%
34% Over 2.5 Goals 47%
66% Under 2.5 Goals 53%
  • These teams are pretty closely matched in terms of stats for the season so far, as well as league standing, with just a point separating the two teams.
  • West Ham’s away form is poor of late. They’ve lost their last two away games.
  • Wolves have kept slightly more clean sheets that the Hammers, while West Ham have failed to score nine times this season.
  • With Marko Arnautovic unsure of a start, West Ham will look to Felipe Anderson for goals. The Brazilian is the Hammer’s top scorer with seven goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/09/2018 EPL West Ham 0 – 1 Wolves Traoré 90′
09/01/2016 FA Cup West Ham 1 – 0 Wolves Jelavic 85′
01/01/2011 EPL West Ham 2 – 0 Wolves Zubar OG 51′
16/10/2010 EPL Wolves 1 – 1 West Ham Jarvis 10′
23/03/2010 EPL West Ham 1 – 3 Wolves Doyle 27′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Wolves are solid at home and it certainly won’t be easy for West Ham to score. The reverse match of this fixture was only settled by a single late goal, but we think this will be different. Both teams should be fairly fresh, with many players rested and the weekend, and with just one point separating them in the table, will want to win.

We see goals for both teams then and will be going with both teams to score, which you can get at Betway.