West Ham United vs WolvesEnglish Premier League, KO: 19:00 Sep 27, 2020, London Stadium
THE storm clouds hanging over West Ham are showing no signs of clearing and a third successive Premier League defeat against Wolves would deepen the darkness at the London Stadium.
David Moyes managed to save the Hammers from the drop last term but it has been another summer of discontent, with fans still upset with the board and skipper Mark Noble raging about the sale of promising winger Grady Diangana to West Brom.
Watching their side lose to Newcastle and Arsenal in the first two league games soured the mood further, although our man Slips Tips was smiling after backing the Gunners and over 1.5 match goals.
There was a further blow for the Hammers when boss Moyes and two players tested positive for Covid-19 before the midweek EFL Cup win over Hull.
He has been forced to prepare for the visit of Wolves via Zoom and you already get the impression it will be another slog of a season for West Ham, despite two comfortable EFL Cup victories.
Moyes, who still plans to manage his side from home, will take heart from their display against Arsenal, where they were unfortunate to lose, and they will need a repeat to stand a chance of beating this dangerous Wolves side.
The Molineux men started with a win at Sheffield United and threatened to take something from Manchester City before eventually losing 3-1 at home.
Nuno Espirito Santo has added to his squad by snapping up Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo and his team are a match for any side in the Premier League on their day.
How the bookies view it
It's no great surprise to see Wolves favourites and plenty of punters will fancy a nibble at the 6/5 BetVictor offer on an away win. West Ham's best price is 21/10 at Unibet while the draw is 37/15 at VBet.
Recent head to head
Wolves have bossed this fixture since their return to the top flight, winning all four games without even conceding a goal. Last season's encounters each ended in 2-0 victories, although both goals came late in the clash at the London Stadium (below).
West Ham's last win over Wolves was a 1-0 home victory in the 2016 FA Cup.
Players to watch
Raul Jimenez has netted in both of Wolves' league games so far and is 7/5 with SportNation to add another here. But I'm more drawn to the dangerous Daniel Podence who looks great value at 19/5 with Betfred for a goal. He's also a boosted 10/1 at Paddy Power to net first.
West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek is always a goal threat and the Czech also looks overpriced at 5/1 with Bet365 for anytime scorer.
Anything else catch the eye?
My tip of both teams to score came up when Wolves faced City and I'm going to revisit it here at 19/20 with Bet365. Despite the Hammers drawing a blank in their last four games with Wolves, they looked a threat against Arsenal and have scored eight times in just two EFL Cup ties.
Both sides possess a threat in the air, through the likes of Jimenez, Soucek and Michail Antonio, so try backing a header to be scored at 29/20 with William Hill.
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