Preview - West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 01 September 18

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Match Day 4
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United:   
Last five matches form: D W L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.79
Top Scorer 17/18: Marko Arnautović (11)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: D L D L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.78
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.93
Top Scorer 17/18: Diogo Jota (17)

It's a clash of the winless teams in the Premier League this weekend as West Ham United welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the London Stadium.

Well it wasn't supposed to be like this for West Ham United. A new manager in charge, vast expenditure in the transfer market - at least in relation to all bar the real big guns in the League - three defeats from three games is definitely not what the doctor ordered. To be fair to the Hammers though away defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool would probably occur in most seasons, and they were on top early before falling apart against Bournemouth.

Wolves have won many admirers so far this season with their style of play, they are however yet to win a game in the league, drawing two and losing one so far. When we consider the most recent of those draws came against no less a side than Manchester City though, and that they were hugely unlucky to come away from Leicester with nothing, their record starts to look a little better.

Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll remain out for West Ham which make possible injury rumours surrounding Marko Arnautović all the more concerning. Ivan Cavaleiro is the only absentee for Wolves.

We simply do not trust this West Ham United defence at present, with the Hammers back line continuing to look an accident waiting to happen. Don't be surprised to see a Wolves side high on confidence following that draw with the champions, pile more pressure onto Manuel Pellegrini.

Prediction: West Ham United 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  9 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 44% - 56%

Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Creswell were booked for the home side with Wolves' Ryan Bennett also having his name taken by referee Christopher Kavanagh.

Oh dear Pelligrini. Oh dear oh dear. Four games, four defeats, two goals for, ten against and rock bottom of the league. This is not what the West Ham revolution was supposed to look like at all. Much like their first four games of the season, not only did West Ham lose this one, but they deserved too.

Ahead on the possession, total shots and shots on target stats, Wolves were once again impressive here, riding the wave of confidence from last weeks draw with Manchester City to pick up a valuable away victory.

West Ham weren't exactly awful here but just about holding your own at home against a newly promoted side is not exactly encouraging for the fans looking ahead to the remainder of the season.

Heading into the final minutes of the game, it did at least look as though the Hammers would pick up their first point of the current campaign. There was only one side pressing with any effectiveness for the win in the closing stages though and in the 93rd minute Wolves got their reward.

Hitting West Ham on the break Leo Bonatini played in the rapid Adam Tarore bursting into the right-hand side of the box. Traore finishing hard and low past Lukasz Fabianski to send the away section into raptures.

A first win of the season for last seasons Championship winners who certainly don't look out of place in this league. Five points from their opening four games is a rock solid start.

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