Wolverhampton Wanderers face the unenviable task of hosting a West Ham United team buoyed by four consecutive victories in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
David Moyes’ side return from November’s international break with the memory of ending Liverpool’s club-record-equalling unbeaten sequence still fresh. Wolves had a more modest spate of good form (four wins from five) of their own brought to a close last time out, but have been dealt a tough opponent in the form of the Hammers to immediately return to winning ways.
Here’s all you need to know about the last fixture in an alphabetical ordering of this season’s Premier League matches.
When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Molineux
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday/BBC Final Score (UK), UNIVERSO (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube Channel, Match of the Day (BBC – UK)
Referee? Mike Dean
VAR? Andre Marriner
Wolves team news
Despite the tentative progress made by Jonny Castro Otto and Pedro Neto, there is still some time before either returns from serious knee injuries.
Yerson Mosquera has had his wait for a Premier League appearance extended for the foreseeable future with a hamstring injury that requires surgery. Fellow defender Fernando Marcal is also a doubt after missing the last three games with a calf strain.
The one negative on an otherwise joyous night for West Ham against Liverpool was the enforced removal of Angelo Ogbonna. The Italian centre back was initially substituted because a gash on his face would have taken too long to repair, but the club have since confirmed he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury that may well rule him out for the rest of the campaign.
Declan Rice pulled out of England’s squad for November’s internationals but is expected to have recovered from the virus after a week’s rest.
Wolves vs West Ham predicted lineups
Read Wolves’ predicted lineup here.
Read West Ham’s predicted lineup here.
The first ever meeting between Wolves and West Ham ended in a 5-1 mauling in favour of the London visitors back in 1910. Wolves didn’t win any of the first 12 meetings with the Hammers (losing ten) until a five-goal drubbing of their own half a century later.
Wolves won their first four matches, without conceding a goal, against their claret and blue foes after claiming promotion in 2018. However, West Ham have found the net a combined seven times over the last two matches as Moyes’ side completed a league double over the Black Country outfit for the first time since 1922/23 last term.
Wolves vs West Ham score prediction
After a sticky start to life under Bruno Lage, Wolves have begun to pick up the points their performances have often warranted. While yet to catch alight going forward, Lage has restored the parsimonious resolve that defined the club’s first two top flight season’s under his predecessor, Nuno Espirito Santo.
West Ham, despite their lofty position in third place, have actually conceded more goals than their upcoming hosts – but have scored more than double (23). Five of these (excluding penalties) have come from set piece situations, though Wolves are one of only two Premier League teams yet to concede from a dead ball delivery this season.
Wolves may somewhat stifle West Ham’s frontline, but the Hammers are clear favourites even on the road.
Prediction: Wolves 0-2 West Ham