Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Molineux Stadium

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 4/5 on both teams to score which seems a good bet given the form of both teams in recent matches. West Ham have developed more flair in their game, and the return of their big players and the influence of newly signed Samir Nasri has seen them on the front foot in recent games. Wolves will want to entertain their fans at home and hope the form displayed by Diogo Jota in getting a hattrick in their last Premier League win will continue alongside Raul Jimenez.

Wolves welcome West Ham to Molineux in what should be a good battle between two evenly matched teams. Just a solitary point separates these two in the league as Wolves sit in 8th and West Ham 10th respectively.

Wolves have been the surprise package this term having proven a banana skin for many of the top sides. Spurs, Chelsea and both Manchester teams have dropped points against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the team brilliantly set up by the Portuguese. They have proven resolute in defence when required, but still have the attacking flair in players such as Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and more recently Diogo Jota to hurt their opposition. They did however have a scare in the cup, trailing 2-0 against lower league Shrewsbury until a couple of late goals from Jimenez and Doherty spared their blushes.

West Ham come in to this game on the back of a couple of losses in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively. Pellegrini’s men had a tough start before some gritty displays turned their season around to leave them sitting comfortably in the middle of the table. They had been galvanised by their talisman Marko Arnautovic, but constant rumours regarding his future seems to have unsettled the team somewhat. However the performances of young Declan Rice have raised the spirits of fans, especially with the news of him signing a new long terms contract with the club. The Hammers will be hoping to return to winning ways as their 4-2 loss to London rivals Wimbledon in the Cup ended any chances of silverware this season, leaving a top table finish the best they can hope for.

In team news, Wolves will continue to be without Willy Boly, who is serving the last of his three match ban. Romain Saiss is likely to deputise in his place with Leander Dendoncker looking for a third straight start for Wolves.

West Ham will be looking to make changes from their cup tie, with the likes of Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Declan Rice likely to return, as well as the welcome news that Javier Hernandez is back. This will allow Pellegrini to have options up front against a well-drilled Wolves side.

The reverse fixture earlier in the season was their first league head to head in seven years, in which Wolves came out on top at the London Stadium. In an even contest, Wolves managed to grab all three points after a last minute winner from Adama Traore. It is likely that this encounter will also be a cagey affair as both teams are set up well but have the firepower to cause anyone trouble on their day.

Punter's Pick

Bet365 are offering 4/5 on both teams to score which seems a good bet given the form of both teams in recent matches. West Ham have developed more flair in their game, and the return of their big players and the influence of newly signed Samir Nasri has seen them on the front foot in recent games. Wolves will want to entertain their fans at home and hope the form displayed by Diogo Jota in getting a hattrick in their last Premier League win will continue alongside Raul Jimenez.

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