Wolves vs West Ham Prediction: Premier League Match on 20.11.2021
High flying West Ham continue their quest to maintain their place in the Champions League positions as they visit the West Midlands to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at 16:00 GMT.
Wolves will seek to use the comforts of the Molineux Stadium to their favor as they face in-form London side.
Bruno Lage’s side are in 8th place with 16 points, level with Conte’s Tottenham. Wolves will be looking to kick on and mount an assault for European places after an indifferent start to the season.
Can Wolves Make the Molineux Count?
Bruno Lage’s men have had an indifferent start to the season; they have won as many games as they have lost – 5. Out of the five matches lost, Wolves have lost three of them at the Molineux Stadium.
Wolves have to regain their home form if this season is to end in success.
West Ham have as good an away record this season as any team in the Premier League; they have won four matches and drawn one away from the London Stadium.
Should West Ham Adjust Their Expectations This Season?
Third on the table, level on points with the reigning champions Manchester City with 23, and three points from the top, to say that West Ham have had a good start would be a massive understatement.
David Moyes has done a wonderful job at the London Stadium, is it time to adjust his and the club’s expectations?
After beating and leapfrogging Liverpool, inflicting the first defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men this season, the Hammers would be forgiven for celebrating. But Moyes will keep his feet firmly on the ground and ask his side for more.
In the English Premier League, the Wanderers have won three, lost one, and drawn one, in their last five outings.
In front of the Molineux crowd, Bruno Lage’s side have won two and lost three of their last five fixtures.
The Hammers have won four and lost one in their last five outings; this run includes four straight victories in the English Premier League, including the impressive 3-2 defeat of Liverpool.
Away from home, David Moyes’ men have collected all three points in four fixtures while the other one has ended in a stalemate.
Bruno Lage will be without Pedro Neto, Jonny Otto, and Yerson Mosquera. Neto has been out with a knee injury since April 12th, and has missed 32 matches for Wolves so far. Otto (knee injury) and Mosquera (hamstring) have also missed 22 and 7 matches respectively.
Bruno Jordão and Oskar Buur will also be unavailable for selection on Saturday’s clash with West Ham.
The club confirmed that Angelo Ogbonna suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during the outing against Liverpool. Scans showed that he did some damage to his right knee.
Given the robust partnership Ogbonna has struck up with new signing Kurt Zouma, this will be a huge loss to David Moyes’ side.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Sa; M. Kilman, C. Coady, R. Saiss; N. Semedo, R. Neves, J. Moutinho, R. Ait-Nouri; F. Trincao, R. Jimenez, H. Hwang
- Fabianski; B. Johnson, K. Zouma, C. Dawson, A. Cresswell; T. Soucek, D. Rice; J. Bowen, P. Fornals, S. Benrahma; M. Antonio
Players to Watch
After a long lay-off with a fractured skull, the striker has gradually picked up his form in Wolves colors. Although he does not have Diogo Jota as his partner up front, Jimenez still represents a lethal weapon for Wolves that the West Ham defense will have to contain.
Fresh from getting his maiden goal for Jamaica, in a 1-1 draw with El Salvador, Michail Antonio will be the danger-man again on Saturday as West Ham seek to make it 5 straight wins in the English Premier League.
Expect Wolves to adopt their three-at-the back system and use their wingbacks to create width down the flanks. Bruno Lage’s side will seek to play direct and break quickly to catch West Ham unawares.
Expect David Moyes’ men to stay compact and attack sporadically when gaps appear in the Wolves defense. Said Benrahma and Bowen will be crucial in dealing with the wingbacks and going forward to support Fornals and Antonio.
West Ham are in fine form at the moment, and they are well-positioned to take all three points from Molineux.
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