by Zack Lambert
June 20, 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers at West Ham
Spread: West Ham (+0.5); O/U: 2.5
Moneyline: Wolves +105, West Ham +265, Draw +240
Time/Location: 12:30 ET, London Stadium, London, England
Wolves are one of the more surprising teams in the league as they currently sit seventh above both Spurs and Arsenal. Nuno Espírito Santo’s team has proven time and time again that they’re a model of consistency, beating who they’re supposed to and playing to the level of better opponents, scrapping draws from more unlikely matches. Much of that success can be attributed to the very intelligent play on the right side of the field by Adama and Matt Doherty. The combo have combined for eight goals and eight assists on the season, constantly threatening the flank and serving ball after ball into the box for talisman Raúl Jiménez.
My only real concern for Wolves is that they’ll need to readjust to playing after such a long break. It’s true that teams have been training together for a while now, but being on the pitch is a different story. I have no reservations about Adama, but the rest of the squad might need to reacclimate.
West Ham (DLLWL)
West Ham are toiling at the bottom of the table, struggling for air in the relegation zone battle. Currently sitting 16th and out of the relegation zone thanks to goal differential, the Hammers find themselves in need of a win to feel safe. Unfortunately, they’ve won just twice in the league this year, once over Bournemouth and more recently against Southampton. Their totalled draws and wins are still three short of their losses thanks to the concession of 50 goals, fourth worst in the Premier League.
Many players that West Ham felt were key at the beginning of the season have declined or succumbed to their old age which makes this run all the more disappointing, but there’s still hope in the young legs of players like Issa Diop, Sébastian Haller, and Declan Rice. It’s going to be a dogfight to the end of the season for the teams in the lower half of the Prem and simply not playing poorly might be the key out for West Ham.
Analysis and Pick
I have a lot of conflict in myself as my body is telling me to call for a 1-1 draw, but I just can’t trust West Ham to keep a team like Wolves out of the net too much. I do believe that Wolves will concede once to West Ham, but I also think they’ll strike enough to secure a win for themselves. There’s too much talent to drop points to a West Ham team of this caliber and Wolves still have a lot to play for. The match will end in a 2-1 victory for Wolves.