Wolves vs West Ham Preview & Betting Tips: Away To Go

Jarrod BowenOn Saturday afternoon, two teams looking to get back to winning ways will get down to business at Molineux as Wolves take on West Ham (3pm). Both teams went into the midweek round of games off the back of losses and both stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw, but can either now pick up a much-needed three points? This WWFC vs WHU preview with betting tips aims to answer that.

Things have gone slightly awry for Gary O’Neill and Wolves of late. Their three-game winning streak ended in no uncertain terms at St. James’ Park, and although they did bounce straight back by beating Fulham on home soil, Saturday’s hosts have now gone three games without a win. They lost to Coventry in the FA Cup, before losing to Aston Villa and drawing with strugglers Burnley in the Premier League. On a more positive note, key player Matheus Cunha returned from injury in the week, which should give the hosts a boost ahead of this game.

Saturday’s visitors are also without a win in three in all competitions, while they have now gone four Premier League games, without tasting success. More positively, they have lost just one of those games, while it’s fair to say that David Moyes’ men have been playing quite well. They looked a real handful going forward when scoring three away at Newcastle last weekend, while they held a very useful Spurs side to a draw in the week, which should give them the confidence to go to Molineux and push for a result.

Hosts giving too much away

In recent games, O’Neill’s men can easily be forgiven for not quite being at their best offensively. After all, they have been without Matheus Cunha, Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-Chan, all of whom have been key in the final third this season, producing 36 goals and assists between them. However, they probably cannot be forgiven, at least not as much, for coming up short at the back.

Saturday’s hosts are now without a clean sheet in five games and they have shipped two or more in three of those five. They conceded just once in their last home league game, but they allowed their opponents to create quite a few decent chances, with the woodwork coming to the rescue. Manchester United and Brentford have both scored multiple goals at Molineux in recent times too, so we probably should not be surprised if the Hammers have something of an offensive say in this fixture.

Visitors WHUFC finding their feet in the final third

For a while the Hammers looked a little lacklustre in an attacking sense. When they went away to Nottingham Forest and lost 2-0 back in the middle of February, they had scored just one goal in four games, but they have put such a run firmly behind them since, scoring plenty of goals. Moyes’ men have notched 14 goals in their last six Premier League games, scoring two or more in four of those six. In recent weeks, the likes of Michail Antonio, Jared Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta have all hit their stride offensively, all getting on the scoresheet and assisting multiple times. With those four players in form, Saturday’s visitors can hurt any team.

Home teams on top in this one

In recent times, this is a fixture that has largely been dominated by whichever team plays at home. Each of the last five renewals has been won by the home team, with Wolves picking up two wins and the Hammers securing three. When the teams met earlier in the campaign, back in December, West Ham won 3-0, thanks largely to a first-half brace from the dynamic Mohammed Kudus.

Visiting WWFC goals on the card at Molineux

With Matheus Cunha (and possibly Jean-Ricner Bellegarde) back for this game, the hosts may improve in the final third, but their recent defensive efforts are hard to ignore, so much so that at the early available odds, ‘West Ham to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ looks like a good bet.

As touched on in this preview above, the visitors have ramped up their offensive productivity in recent weeks and they go into this game with several attackers in hot form. Jared Bowen has two assists and a goal in his last two. Lucas Paqueta has an assist and a goal in his last two. Mohammed Kudus has a goal and an assist in his last two, while Michail Antonio has two goals in his last three. Such form bodes well ahead of a game against a home team that has struggled to keep things tight. Moreover, the Hammers have scored two or more goals in four of their last six away games, two of which came against current top-half teams.

We also know that the hosts have a habit of conceding goals at home in tough games. They shipped four against Brighton, three against Liverpool, two against Newcastle, four against Manchester United and two against Brentford.

If we also look at the reverse fixture, we can see that the Hammers made light work of scoring goals against Wolves earlier in the campaign. Sure, replicating that form on the road will not be easy, but their recent attacking efforts suggests that they can give it a good go. Moreover, the hosts often struggled to guard against the break, which should entice the visitors, who looked very effective playing on the counter against Newcastle last weekend.

All in all, with O’Neill’s men not looking too secure at the back, Moyes’ men are worth betting to enjoy themselves offensively in this fixture. So for the betting tips against the bookies for this EPL game preview, we rely on this one:

  • West Ham to score over 1.5 goals @ best odds of 13/10 with BetVictor.