Preview - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham United 05 December 19

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Match Day 15
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Ham United
Thursday, December 5th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Molineux Stadium

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: D D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Raúl Jiménez (6)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.21
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (4)

We have an intriguing matchup at Molineux on Match Day 15 in the Premier League, as Nuno Espirito Santos' seventh placed Wolverhampton Wanderers play host to 13th placed West Ham United.

The immediate perception would be that Wolves have been as solid as ever, whilst West Ham had been largely struggling mightily. There are only actually four points between the sides heading into the game though, giving the Hammers the chance to close the gap significantly should they pick up the points in this one.

Wolves did the double over West Ham last season - winning 1-0 at the London Stadium and coming out on top 3-0 in this one.

Willy Boly continues to be a significant absentee at the back for the home side. Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Lukasz Fabianski are all out for the Hammers.

Wolves are on a rock-solid run at present and head into this unbeaten in their past nine in the Premier League - five of those games have ended in a 1-1 draw though, including here against Sheffield United at the weekend. That really has to go down as two points dropped given how well they did last season, and they will be looking for maximum points in what would appear another winnable home game.

Having been abject in their three games prior to the weekend, quite what inspired West Ham to then go to Stamford Bridge and beat Chelsea, only they know. They were decent value for it too, which makes those prior terrible displays all the more perplexing.

This really depends on which West Ham turns up, but in the hope that it is something at least close to that which we saw at Chelsea, we will take a chance on them picking up a point in this one.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 1 West Ham United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 13 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 50% - 50%

Diogo Jota was the only player booked for the home side, with Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United also having their names taken by referee Andre Marriner.

Back down to earth for West Ham following that big win at Chelsea at the weekend. Even in defeat this was still a better effort than many of their recent performances though. Manuel Pellegrini's men simply came up against a Wolves side who put in their usual solid and at times classy display, which on this occasion was enough to earn them all three points. Having registered twice as many total efforts, and efforts on target as the Hammers, there's no doubt that the home side deserved it on the day.

Following a relatively slow start to the game, it was the home side who broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Joao Moutinho sending in a corner from the left-hand side and Leander Dendoncker arriving on the edge of the six yard box to the right to stab home on the volley into the bottom left.

West Ham only really threatened from range in the first half. 1-0 at the break.

The Hammers did have a golden opportunity to equalise after the interval though when Robert Snodgrass found himself clean through in the right of the area. His touch completely deserted him though and he soon found the chance smothered by Rui Patricio.

The hosts then made sure of the points four minutes from time. Attacking on the break, Raúl Jiménez was found in the area. The front man then laying the ball back to the supporting Patrick Cutrone on the edge of the 18-yard box to finish into the bottom left.

2-0 final score.

Wolves hold on to fifth with this win - still six points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea. No Change for West Ham who stay 13th and two points clear of the relegation zone.

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