Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham United Match Analysis & Prediction
14/01/2023 6:00 pm
Two sides embroiled in an unexpected Premier League relegation battle meet at Molineux on Saturday, as Wolverhampton Wanderers host West Ham United.
While the hosts were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Nottingham Forest in midweek, the visitors recently beat Brentford 1-0 in the FA Cup third round.
Just a few days after VAR fury took over for Julen Lopetegui, whose side were denied a late winner in their FA Cup draw with Liverpool, Wolves suffered penalty-shootout disappointment in their EFL Cup quarter-final with Nottingham Forest.
Wolves’ last Premier League contest ended in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, which did little to help their efforts to move out of the relegation zone as they remain in 19th place in the standings, one point behind West Ham in the safety of 17th place.
Now winless in four successive matches under Lopetegui, Wolves also have a four-game Premier League losing run at Molineux to correct, while they have only scored a division-low five goals on their own patch so far this season.
Just eight days after losing 2-0 to Brentford in Premier League action, West Ham scored through Said Benrahma in the 79th minute to get the better of the Bees at the Gtech Community Stadium and set up a fourth-round trip to Derby County.
David Moyes’ side now have basement business to attend to in the Premier League, where they are hovering just above the relegation zone in 17th place after playing out a 2-2 draw with Leeds United last Wednesday.
That draw ended West Ham’s five-game losing streak in the division, but their winless run in the top flight now stands at six matches, and it has been seven games since the Hammers last won away from home in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa at the end of August.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Ham United Head to head
In the previous 54 meetings between these two teams, Wolves have claimed 21 victories while West Ham have won 22, and they have drawn in 11. West Ham have scored 84 goals and conceded 76 in the process.
27/09/2020West Ham United4Wolverhampton Wanderers0Premier League
05/04/2021Wolverhampton Wanderers2West Ham United3Premier League
20/11/2021Wolverhampton Wanderers1West Ham United0Premier League
27/02/2022West Ham United1Wolverhampton Wanderers0Premier League
01/10/2022West Ham United2Wolverhampton Wanderers0Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News
Wolves’ long-term absentees Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic, Boubacar Traore and Pedro Neto are still sidelined, but there could be a few changes to the side.
Hugo Bueno and Max Kilman eye returns to the backline, with Neves keeping his place in midfield, while Atletico Madrid loanee Matheus Cumha could earn his first start for the hosts.
Wolverhampton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches
26/12/2022Everton1Wolverhampton Wanderers2Premier League
31/12/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers0Manchester United1Premier League
04/01/2023Aston Villa1Wolverhampton Wanderers1Premier League
07/01/2023Liverpool2Wolverhampton Wanderers2FA Cup
11/01/2023Nottingham Forest(P)1Wolverhampton Wanderers1EFL Cup
West Ham United Team News
Vladimir Coufal sustained a blow to the knee following a challenge from Leeds’ Crysencio Summerville last week, and he remains a doubt for this game.
Scamacca, Manuel Lanzini, Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma could be available, but Maxwell Cornet’s calf issue may take a little bit longer to fully heal.
West Ham United's Last 5 Matches
17/12/2022Fulham1West Ham United1Club Friendlies
26/12/2022Arsenal3West Ham United1Premier League
30/12/2022West Ham United0Brentford2Premier League
04/01/2023Leeds United2West Ham United2Premier League
07/01/2023Brentford0West Ham United1FA Cup
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