West Ham vs WolvesEnglish Premier League, KO: 17:30 Jun 20, 2020, London Stadium
THE fixtures are coming thick and fast in the Premier League and Saturday's tea-time offering comes from the London Stadium as West Ham play host to Wolves.
West Ham and Wolves have enjoyed slightly contrasting seasons to date, with the former lying seventh place in the Premier League table, while the latter are hovering just above the relegation zone.
The Hammers, having won only four of their last 23 top-flight tussles, are in huge trouble and find themselves hurtling towards relegation.
David Moyes (below) returned to the London Stadium hot-seat at the turn of the year, however, the Scotsman has been unable to halt West Ham's slide towards the Premier League's trap door.
Wolves meanwhile sit seventh in the Premier League – just five points off the final Champions League berth – and the Wanderers will harbour ambitions of going all the way in Europe's secondary-club competition.
Many pundits thought that Nuno Espirito Santo's (below) side would struggle to cope with the demands of having to contend with both continental and domestic football, however, the Old Gold are competing courageously on both fronts.
West Ham are 11/4 outsiders with Unibet while a share of the spoils is also deemed unlikely at 49/20 with the same firm.
Wolves are targeting a fourth win on the spin against West Ham and that outcome is currently trading at 6/5 with Boylesports.
I spoke about Wolves impressive away form on this week's edition of the Gambala Betting Podcast and I fancy that trend to continue in the English capital on Saturday evening.
The Wanderers boast the fifth-best road record in the Premier League this term and they will be coming up against a Hammers team who possesses the joint-second worst home record in the division having amassed just 15 points from a possible 42 thus far.
With that in mind an away win takes appeal at 6/5 (BoyleSports) however, I'm going to opt for a slightly different angle by backing Wolves to score two or more goals in this match at 6/5 with Bet 365.
Santo's side have scored two or more goals away from home at the likes of Man City, Everton and Spurs and the Irons have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches at the London Stadium – a stretch of games that has seen toothless sides such as Brighton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle all notch at least two goals at this venue.
If West Ham are to tame Wolves then Moyes and Co will have to try and formulate a plan to deal with Wanderers turboman Adama Traore.
Traore has given most sides the runaround this season – the Wolves winger is one of the most fouled players in Europe this term – and West Ham may have to revert to the dark arts to try and deal with Traore's speed and physicality.
With that in mind, value could lie in backing West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell to be carded at 9/2 with William Hill.
An astronomical number of left-backs have been booked this season when directly coming up against Traore and the Hammers defender looks overpriced for a caution here should he be given the thankless task of trying to shackle the Molineux flying-machine.
This English Premier League match between West Ham and Wolves will be played on Jun 20, 2020 and kick off at 17:30. Check below for our tipsters best West Ham vs Wolves prediction.