West Ham and Wolves have both put themselves in a solid position to challenge for the Premier League’s European places this season, and possibly even make a late surge for the top four as potential dark horses, with the two clubs currently four and six points off fourth-place Manchester United respectively.
David Moyes now knows who awaits his side in the Europa League last 16, with a date against the competition’s most succesful club Sevilla set for early next month. However, the West Ham boss will certainly not be putting all his eggs in one basket, having got the Hammers sitting firmly in the Premier League top six.
Wolves, though, are just two points below West Ham and have a game in hand, so if Moyes is to claim successive ‘best of the rest’ finishes, as he so regularly did for Everton, he will know that this weekend’s showdown against Wolves is simply a must-win, such has been the form of Bruno Lage’s men this term.
The Molineux club were desperately unlucky to lose to Arsenal in midweek, conceding a one-goal lead eight minutes from time, so Lage will certainly be looking for a response and this game could arguably be the one that determines which non-‘Big Six’ club will finish the highest in the 2021/22 Premier League season.
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West Ham vs Wolves: Match Stats
A theme that has followed Wolves throughout this campaign as been a distinct lack of goals in their games. Incredibly, 72% of their Premier League matches this season have finished with under 2.5 goals (18 from 25), while they have scored just 24 – only only Norwich (15) and Burnley (21) have bagged fewer.
Still, that doesn’t paint the entire picture. In their 1-0 win over West Ham this season they were utterly dominant; the travelling east Londoners hardly got a sniff and left Molineux having barely laid a glove on Jose Sa between the sticks. Despite their lack of final-third productivity, they are extremely well-oiled.
Moyes’ men by contrast have been woeful of late. They’ve struggled to put together an impressive performance, though have still managed to pick up points. Against a Wolves side who have the third-best defensive record in the league (only 20 goals conceded), a tired West Ham may struggle to break them down.
20 Nov 2021 – Wolves 1-0 West Ham – Premier League
05 Apr 2021 – Wolves 2-3 West Ham – Premier League
27 Sep 2020 – West Ham 4-0 Wolves – Premier League
20 Jun 2020 – West Ham 0-2 Wolves – Premier League
04 Dec 2019 – Wolves 2-0 West Ham – Premier League
It was a thoroughly convincing display from Wolves in the reverse fixture back in November. Raul Jimenez got the breakthrough that determined the tie, and well, Moyes’ men will have to be a lot better if they are to come away with a result this weekend.