West Ham United will host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the London Stadium on Sunday in the day’s late game.
The Hammers have had a miserable start to life in the Premier League once again and will be looking for improvement when they take on a Wolves side who have, unfortunately, looked extremely good.
Having already lost to Newcastle United and Arsenal in their first two top-flight matches of the 2020/21 campaign, David Moyes has recently been struck down with Coronavirus and will not be able to guide his side from the touchline – instead, he is set to do it via video link.
Assistant manager Alan Irvine will take charge of affairs from a physical standpoint and will look to get the same performance out of the players from midweek, as they managed to defeat Hull City 5-1 in the Carabao Cup and book their place in the next round of that particular tournament. If fans feel that win could inspire them to get their season started, then bettors can visit sportwetten24 to find the best bookmaker for them to place the bet!
However, whilst that victory would have provided some rest-bite for fans, there is plenty of doom and gloom around east London regarding the Hammers.
The club’s co-owner, David Sullivan, did very little to keep fans on side earlier in the week when he revealed to talkSPORT that the club may not make another signing before next month’s transfer deadline. That will have only infuriated fans further after they saw talented prospect Grady Diangana be sold to potential relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion – a move that upset Mark Noble.
On the pitch
When looking ahead to the actual action played out on the pitch, things do not look great from a West Ham point of view.
The 5-1 victory might have lifted some of the spirits around the club ever so slightly, however Wolves have had their number ever since returning to the Premier League. In the last four matches, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have won all four meetings and are yet to concede a goal against the Irons.
And, if that were not bad enough, then keeping clean sheets has been a bit of a myth at the London Stadium for the hosts as well. West Ham have failed to keep the ball out of the back of their own net in the last 10 matches at home (W3 D3 L4), whereas Wolves have proven to be rather efficient when it comes to scoring in the games they play.
Issa Diop and Josh Cullen are ruled out because of their COVID-19 status, whilst there will be some routine changes made to the starting XI that defeated Hull City last time out.
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Noble, Fornals; Antonio.