Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Ham United – English Premier League, April 5, 2021
West Ham travels to the Black Country on Monday in an attempt to breathe new life into its Champions League qualification campaign. The east London club has been one of the form sides recently and seems up for the challenge.
Wolves have been far less impressive this season and seem resigned to a humdrum mid-table finish. The Hammers should be the ones to watch for this fixture.
Wolves vs. West Ham Odds
The sportsbooks have West Ham to come away with three points from this one with the other outcomes very closely priced. That suggests more nervousness about the London club’s ability to perform when the stakes are high.
Wolves are not the side they were last season, so the away win does look the best value to me.
Previewing the Match
Diogo Jota returned to Molineux just before the international break and showed Nuno Espirito Santo just what he was missing when the Portugal international scored the game’s only goal. If anything, his departure hit Wolves just as hard as the long-term injury to Raul Jimenez. Now Jimenez is on the mend at least – although he will still be out for a while.
But Wolves enjoyed a profitable February to remove any doubts about being involved in a relegation fight this season, so now the remaining nine games could be in danger of fizzling out.
David Moyes probably has no such worry at West Ham at the moment. But he will have needed to pick up his players after the 3-3 draw with Arsenal just before the international break. The Hammers were three goals up with just over half an hour gone – and it probably should have been more. But an incredible Arsenal comeback meant that West Ham had to make do with a point.
That frustrating draw meant that West Ham remained two points behind Chelsea, who occupy the fourth Champions League spot at the moment. That could easily be five by the time this game kicks off, and although Europa League qualification would be a huge achievement for West Ham, a top-four finish is still within its grasp. Another master class from a rejuvenated Jesse Lingard is needed on Monday.
Wolves vs. West Ham Betting Pick
West Ham United to Win+151
I’m not sure that West Ham has quite what it takes to finish in the top four this season. Chelsea, Leicester, and Manchester United look to be in far stronger positions with just nine games to play.
But there is a very good chance of qualifying for the Europa League, in my opinion – and three points from this trip to Molineux would definitely help with that.