2021-22 Premier League: Week 12 – Wolves vs West Ham

Wolves welcome West Ham to Molineux in a tasty clash as both teams look to continue their chase for a place in Europe. 

Wolves could climb to sixth with a win if results elsewhere swing in their favour, whereas West Ham can go second with victory due to Manchester City not playing until Sunday.

 

Team News

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Marcal could return for Wolves if he passes a late fitness test on a calf injury.

Jonny, Pedro Neto (both knee), Yerson Mosquera and Hugo Bueno (both hamstring) remain ruled out.

West Ham expect to have Angelo Ogbonna available after the defender recovered from a head injury suffered during their 3-2 win over Liverpool last time out.

Pablo Fornals, Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlasic are also set to be in contention after recovering from knocks.

Declan Rice is available for selection after he recovered from illness which forced him to withdraw from the England squad.

 

Stat Attack

  • Wolves have lost two of their last six meetings against West Ham (W4, L2).
  • West Ham are unbeaten in three of their last five visits to Molineux (W2, D1, L2).
  • Jarrod Bowen netted three goals for West Ham in two meetings against Wolves last season (W2).
  • Hwang Hee-Chan has scored two goals apiece on his right and left foot for Wolves this season in eight league appearances.
  • Coming into this matchweek, no left-back has delivered more crosses this season than West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell who swung in 65 crosses in 11 league appearances.

 

Prediction

Wolves will certainly be eager to deliver a reaction after harshly not snatching a point at Crystal Palace last time out, yet they simply weren’t clinical enough on the attack despite defending well throughout against Palace’s pace on the flanks.

West Ham meanwhile were absolutely clinical with strong aggressive pressing and defensive unity on and off the ball to stun Liverpool, although this is now a huge test of their title credentials because victory could well put them right in the mix and silence any doubters of their potential.

This match therefore should be a decent game because both teams will definitely be fancying a shot at the win, although I am going for an away win if West Ham can continue to build on their strong confidence and momentum and aggressively cause issues for Wolves’ defence.

Prediction: Wolves 1-2 West Ham

Result: Wolves 1-0 West Ham

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