Wolves welcome West Ham to Molineux in the second part of a Easter Monday Night Football double-header.
Should Crystal Palace lose at Everton earlier on Easter Monday, Wolves can climb to 12th with victory and sit four points off tenth-placed Leeds.
Following a shock defeat for Chelsea on Saturday, West Ham are looking to climb to fourth with a win.
Joao Moutinho is a doubt for Wolves with an unspecified injury which prevented him from playing for Portugal against Serbia and Luxembourg, having started their winning opener against Azerbaijan during the international break.
Rui Patricio is fully fit and in contention after recovering from a concussion suffered in Wolves’ home defeat to Liverpool three weeks ago.
Daniel Podence (adductor) is a doubt but Fernando Marcal (adductor) and Raul Jimenez (head) remain absent.
West Ham could welcome Pablo Fornals back from a groin injury which sidelined the Spaniard in their 3-3 draw against Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Arthur Masuaku (knee) won’t be risked unless fully match-fit but Andriy Yarmolenko (knee), Darren Randolph (hip) and Angelo Ogbonna (ankle) remain ruled out.
- Wolves have lost just one of their last five meetings against West Ham (W4, L1).
- West Ham have taken four points from four previous Premier League trips to Molineux (W1, D1, L2), conceding five goals in their last two visits without scoring.
- Pedro Neto has been involved in ten of Wolves’ goals this season, scoring and assisting on five occasions apiece.
- Three of West Ham’s last four away league goals have come after half time.
- All three of West Ham’s away league games refereed by Michael Oliver have finished in 2-1 results, with the Hammers winning just one (W1, L2).
Wolves enter this game following a three week break so I am hoping that they’ve used this extended break wisely to focus on their issues up front, which often have concerned their failure to finish excellent attacking opportunities.
West Ham meanwhile have a huge opportunity to seize the initiative in the race four fourth with victory here, but they need to focus on maintaining their defensive focus throughout because they blew an easy win against Arsenal a fortnight ago through silly errors at the back.
I therefore am expecting a competitive game here not only because of Wolves’ better form in this fixture but West Ham will be keen to claim the mental advantage over their rivals for fourth and show that they have sorted out their defensive focus issues.
On that note, I can see goals here but Wolves will need to improve their finishing if want the win otherwise I can see David Moyes’ Hammers nicking this late on.
Prediction: Wolves 1-2 West Ham
Result: Wolves 2-3 West Ham