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- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in nine of Wolves’ last 13 home games.
- Wolves have scored one or fewer goals in six of their last seven fixtures.
- Two of West Ham’s last three league games on the road produced under 2.5 goals.
- Wolves have failed to win any of their last four league matches.
Wolves lack bite
With star striker Raul Jimenez confined to the treatment room, Wolves’ biggest problem this season has been putting the ball in the net, and their lack of bite in the final third could see them drop more points against West Ham on Monday.
Wanderers have been drifting listlessly towards the drop zone since before Christmas and their return of just three wins from their last 16 Premier League assignments is relegation worthy form.
A nine-point buffer between Wolves and Fulham in 18th means they won’t be overly concerned about a shock return to the Championship, though their campaign is threatening to end with a real whimper nonetheless.
West Ham need to put the hammer down
West Ham’s pursuit of an unlikely top-four finish hit a couple of bumps before the international break, and the Irons will need to kick back into gear on Monday following a modest haul of four points from the last 12 on offer.
David Moyes’ troops should still arrive at Molineux with plenty of confidence having battered Wolves 4-0 in the reverse fixture between the teams in London last September however, and the Irons are favoured to do the double over their toiling hosts this week.
Few goals likely at Molineux
At home, Wolves remain a well-drilled defensive outfit under Nuno Espirito Santo and through a combination of some stout defending and a misfiring attack, their fixtures in the Midlands have regularly been low key.
Indeed, only Premier League fixtures at Burnley’s Turf Moor have produced fewer goals than matches at Molineux this season, and under 2.5 goals landed in nine of Wolves’ last 13 contests there.
West Ham have scored only once in their last three away trips themselves, and they could struggle to create much against their host’s mean defence on Monday. With that considered, we advise sticking to the under 2.5 goals market for yet another Wolves home game, though our 1-0 correct score prediction tips the visitors to steal three points.
Chances are expected to be thin on the ground at Molineux, but in Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard, the Irons wield a quartet of goal-getters playing with confidence. Expect one of those to be the difference makers next week.
Wolverhampton injuries and team news
Wolves will hope to have Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence and Marcal available for Monday, though Raul Jimenez remains a long-term absentee.
West Ham injuries and team news
Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko have been ruled out for West Ham, though Arthur Masuaku and Pablo Fornals are nearing a return to action.