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West Ham have undoubtedly been the surprise package in the Premier League this season as they remain firmly in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
They currently sit just two points off fourth placed Chelsea and a win here would be a great step to getting back on the right track after just one win in four before the international break.
Wolves have certainly fallen short of expectation this season and are set for mid-table mediocrity come the end of the final gameweek. Even at this stage they have very little to play for and will be only really focused on hitting that 40-point safety cushion before preparing for next season.
They’ve won just three of their last 16 matches now as they’ve struggled to cope without their talisman Raul Jimenez up top, with those three wins coming against Southampton, Leeds and a 10-man Arsenal side, none of whom have been close to the level of the Hammers this season.
The midlands side can take heart from their performance in defeat against Liverpool last time out, though they really ought to have got something from that game and it merely highlighted their lack of sharpness in front of goal at the moment, and that’s their primary concern going into this game too.
West Ham To Beat Wolves
There’s a danger of over-analysing certain games, and this could very well be one of those occasions. Simply put, West Ham should outscore Wolves.
They’ve managed to do so in 11 of 15 matches against sides currently placed 10th or below, losing just one of those matches which came against Newcastle on the opening day of the season, while in their last 11 matches in total they’ve managed to score two or more goals on seven occasions, only failing to do so against the Manchester Clubs, Liverpool, and a very defensively sound Fulham side.
On the other hand, Wolves have now failed to score in successive matches, scored just three across their last five and of their 29 outings this season, 21 have seen them score just one or fewer, so it’s surprising to see the hosts at such a long price.
The primary reason would be that West Ham have been far superior on home soil this year, with only Man City picking up more points in such games this year.
Though in fairness, their only away defeats this year have come against top half sides, and at the prices they certainly look well worth getting behind to take the spoils here and keep their dream of Champions League football alive.