West Ham vs Wolves Preview & Betting Tips: Is BTTS An Option?

Hwang Hee-chanSquads in need of a win go head-to-head at the London Stadium, where West Ham host Wolverhampton Wanderers (2pm Sunday). After regaining the winning thread in Europe on Thursday night, can the Hammers get back to winning ways in the Premier League following that embarrassing defeat last weekend? Read on for our WHUFC vs WWFC preview and betting tips.

Things were going quite well for David Moyes’ West Ham just over a week ago. They had come from behind to pick up a big win away against Tottenham, a result that signalled six games without defeat in all competitions, five of which they had won. However, the West Ham walls came tumbling down last weekend, as they were battered by Fulham, conceding no less than five goals en route to a humbling defeat. Fortunately, they had midweek Europa League action to try and bounce back nice and quickly, and bounce back they did by winning 2-0 against Freiburg, though Sunday’s hosts now need to deliver an improved showing in the EPL to get back on the horse.

Sunday’s visitors, Wolves, have suffered a few defeats of late, though none were as humiliating as the battering that the Hammers took. Following narrow defeats to Fulham and Arsenal, Gary O’Neill’s men needed to bounce back at home to Burnley and bounce back they did, picking up a tidy 1-0 win. That result could not propel them to bigger and better things, as they failed to exert themselves against a struggling Nottingham Forest side last time out, drawing 1-1 at home in timid style.

Hammers at their happy place

Of course, the Hammers did find themselves on the end of a beating last weekend. It was a harsh one, though that probably won’t have dented their confidence too much, especially as they’ve already picked up a home win since. Their performance in that 2-0 win over Freiburg on Thursday was a relatively commanding one, while Moyes’ men have been very sturdy at home for a while.

In fact, West Ham’s recent home form makes for very nice reading, as they’ve gone five games without tasting defeat in all competitions at their East London home, winning four of those.

O’Neill’s Wolves out of touch on the road

Unfortunately for the visitors, WWFC, life on the road hasn’t been very pleasant in recent times. Sunday’s travellers did pick up a much-needed away win down on the south coast a while back, beating Bournemouth by a goal to nil. They have not kicked on and have now lost three away games on the spin, and they have been conceding plenty of goals too.

O’Neill’s men have shipped two or more goals in each of their last three away games, conceding a total of seven during that time. More worrying still is the number of clear-cut chances that they have been surrendering. When losing at Fulham recently, they gave up a whopping 2.97 expected goals, while they also conceded 2.89 away at Arsenal last time out on their travels.

Home teams usually thrive

This is one of those fixtures where home advantage has seemingly been important in recent times. Each of the last four renewals of this fixture has been won by the team playing at home, with the pair claiming two wins each. Interestingly, all four of those home wins have come complete with a clean sheet, and three have gone down as 1-0 wins.

Back both teams to find the net

Now, this is a game between a home team that has been in good form at home and an away team that has struggled for results on the road. However, football is never quite that simple, while it is not as if the visitors have been getting badly beaten on the road, plus they do have the possible advantage of having had longer to prepare for this fixture. Therefore, though a bet with the online bookmakers on the home win may seem logical based on form, it makes little appeal at the available prices for those reasons.

Instead, ‘Both Teams to Score’ stands out. The Hammers, with the reliable and in-form Jarred Bowen continually impressing in the forward areas, have scored plenty of goals at home, but they have not kept too many clean sheets. The last five Premier League teams to pay West Ham a visit have scored at least once, with both teams scoring in four of those five games.

Moreover, for all the visitors have been giving lots away on the road, in terms of shots, chances and goals, they’ve got plenty of forward quality of their own. Matheus Cunha and Hwang-Hee Chan have been very impressive this season, scoring and assisting no less than 18 goals between them. Don’t be surprised if Wolves tested a home backline that hasn’t been that secure. After all, the visitors have not failed to score since losing 1-0 at Old Trafford in August, with both teams netting in each of their eight competitive away games since then.

Ultimately, the signs point towards both teams scoring in this fixture, perhaps even a little more than the early odds suggest. So for the betting tips for this preview, a bet on ‘Both Teams to Score’ may prove the smart move here: