Wolves vs West Ham: Hammers looking to end the day in the top four

West Ham could re-enter Champions League territory with a win against Wolves. Question is, can they handle the pressure?

When: Monday, April 5, 20:15 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

Best bets

West Ham to win at 17/10 (Betfred)

Correct score West Ham to win 2-1 at 11/1 (bet365)

Tomas Soucek to score anytime at 7/2 (PaddyPower)

West Ham boss David Moyes taking it game by game in race for European spot
West Ham boss David Moyes taking it game by game in race for European spot

Despite taking on top drawer opposition over the last month or so, West Ham are still well in the fight for European places and could even end the day in the top four.

The Hammers travel away to a Wolves side which has so far failed to live up to expectations. Last season, Nuno Santos' men set the bar high by giving the league's big players a run for their money and almost bagging a place in the Europa League.

This year has been a lot tougher and the team currently sit in a lowly 14th position. Wolves have only managed three league wins from 16 games and there's little to suggest that they could be about to change this.

West Ham may have only won two of their last five games themselves however, they've had to compete with Arsenal, Man United, LeedsMan City and Spurs - not exactly an easy run of fixtures.

Last Three Premier League Meetings

West Ham 4-0 Wolves (September 27, 2020)

Last time these two clubs went head-to-head, it was certainly a day to forget for Wolves.

The Hammers ran riot at the London stadium and bagged four goals to complete an impressive win.

Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring in the 17th minute and then grabbed his second after the break. Raul Jimenez scored an own goal in the 66th minute before Sebastien Haller put the final nail in the coffin with a stoppage time goal.

Interestingly, Wolves enjoyed a lot more possession and created more dangerous attacks. At the end of the day though, there's only one stat that matters.

West Ham 0-2 Wolves (June 20, 2020)

Unlike that aforementioned encounter, Wolves actually put their possession to good use on this occasion.

Raul Jimenez scored the opener - this time at the right end of the pitch - before a Pedro Neto goal sealed the win and all three points for Wolves.

West Ham only managed two shots on goal as Nuno Santos' side kept them well at bay throughout the encounter.

Wolves 2-0 West Ham (December 4, 2019)

Another clinical performance from Wolves helped them to a straightforward victory at Molineux.

Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone scored the goals as Nuno Santos' men maintained their strong start to the season.

West Ham - under the management of Manuel Pellegrini - enjoyed a lot of the ball but failed to create any meaningful opportunities.

Last ten head-to-head games

Wolves wins: 5

Draws: 1

West Ham wins: 4

Wolves goals: 12

West Ham goals: 11

Wolves lacking fire power

Scoring goals was something that came naturally for Wolves last season. Nuno Santo and his men reached a total of 50 goals in that campaign. This season, meanwhile, they've only managed 28.

Raul Jimenez has been a massive miss for Wolves
Raul Jimenez has been a massive miss for Wolves

The departure of such players as Diogo Jota and the injury to Raul Jimenez have certainly not helped their cause.

However, their absence means Wolves are really struggling to convert opportunities and consequently, struggling to win games.

West Ham continue European bid

Wolves, Leicester, Newcastle, Chelsea, Burnley, Everton, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton. These nine games are all that stand between West Ham and a place in a UEFA competition.

On paper, this isn't a bad run of games. However, with the fight for the top four and top six intensifying, the Hammers can't afford to drop many points.

Can Moyes lead the Hammers to Europe?
Can Moyes lead the Hammers to Europe?

David Moyes' side are currently two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and a win over Wolves would take them back into Champions League territory.

The question is, can the Hammers deal with the pressure and win when it matters?

Goalscorer bets

West Ham's Tomas Soucek was busy scoring goals for Czech Republic during the international break.

The midfielder bagged a hat-trick against Estonia in a 6-2 win and let's not forget, he was also on the scoresheet in his last West Ham appearance against Arsenal.

Tomas Soucek has been one of the signings of the season
Tomas Soucek has been one of the signings of the season

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals this season and is one of the stand out players in this West Ham team.

What's more, he is well priced to get amongst the goals this Monday night against Wolves.

Tomas Soucek to score anytime at 7/2 (PaddyPower)

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