Saturday’s clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United is perhaps one of the top matches to take place over the upcoming Premier League weekend.
Both teams have been able to produce some rather positive and exciting performances throughout the entire campaign thus far, although there are some stark contrasts between the two football clubs at the moment.
The hosts on Saturday have found it difficult to remain consistent and take their chances at times, although Bruno Lage appears to have found a formula that has started to work despite the fact that they have some rather sporadic form and some rather mixed form heading into the game with the Hammers.
The Irons, though, are playing extremely well as David Moyes continues to prove to the club that he is the right man for them as he is in his second spell at the London Stadium.
The club is coming off the back of an impressive 3-2 win against Liverpool prior to the recent international break, which is perhaps why Betway Sportsbook has priced them at 6/4 favourites to walk away from Molineux Stadium with all three points this weekend.
Indeed, it would be hard to not back West Ham given the form guide, as the Londoners sit third in the Premier League table and are enjoying a four-game winning run in the top-flight; the team’s last defeat came at the beginning of October.
As mentioned, Wolves’ form has been a little patchy at times, with the Old Gold having ended the recent run of fixtures with a defeat to Crystal Palace when they visited the capital. Nonetheless, prior to that defeat, Lage’s team went five games unbeaten in the league, including four wins and one draw in that time.
Of course, with form guides like that, it is no surprise why this game is considered to be one of the closest on the schedule this weekend, and one that could potentially go either way.
Team news could be a potentially good indicator as to what expect on the day, though, and the signs suggest West Ham could be heading into the game stronger.
Whilst he had to pull out of England’s squad with illness, skipper Declan Rice should be available to play, whilst Nikola Vlasic and Andriy Yarmolenko could also be in contention. Of course, Angelo Ogbonna is unavailable after suffering an ACL injury against Liverpool. Michail Antonio should play although tiredness after a long international trip with Jamacia could play a role.
Wolves might have to make do without Raul Jimenez, at least from the start, after a long international trip after representing Mexico, although Fernando Marcel could be available.
Jonny Otto, Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao are long term injuries, though.