Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Ham United

Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. West Ham United

West Ham United will head to Molineux on Monday evening knowing that a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers would take them into fourth position in the Premier League table.

The Hammers are currently fifth in the division, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while Wolves occupy 13th position, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a disappointing season for Wolves, with a total of 35 points from 29 matches leaving them down in 13th position in the table.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have finished seventh in each of the last two Premier League campaigns but will not be able to challenge for a potential Europa League spot in the final weeks of this season unless there is a dramatic turn of events.

Wolves are not in any relegation trouble, sitting nine points clear of the bottom three, but they are six points off 10th-placed Aston Villa, and it is difficult to imagine them pushing into the top half of the division.

Nuno’s team have only picked up two points from their last four Premier League matches, meanwhile, and suffered a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in their last game before the international break.

Wolves have also found it difficult to show consistency at Molineux this term, winning just five of their 14 league games on home soil, and they lost 4-0 to West Ham in the reverse match at the London Stadium.

West Ham, meanwhile, will be eyeing fourth position in the table due to Chelsea’s shock 5-2 home defeat to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers would drop down into seventh spot if both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur win on Saturday and Sunday respectively, but David Moyes’s side will know that a victory at Molineux would move them onto 52 points and into the top four.

The London club will enter the contest off the back of a 3-3 draw with Arsenal on March 31; West Ham raced into a three-goal lead against the Gunners at the London Stadium but were ultimately made to settle for a share of the spoils courtesy of a fightback from the visitors.

Moyes’s team lost their last away league match at Manchester United in the middle of March, meanwhile, and will know that they cannot afford many slip-ups in order to claim a top-four position.

The Hammers have been excellent at home this season, boasting the second-best record in the league, but they have dropped points in eight of their 14 matches on their travels.

The London club will enter the contest off the back of a 3-3 draw with Arsenal on March 31; West Ham raced into a three-goal lead against the Gunners at the London Stadium but were ultimately made to settle for a share of the spoils courtesy of a fightback from the visitors.

Moyes’s team lost their last away league match at Manchester United in the middle of March, meanwhile, and will know that they cannot afford many slip-ups in order to claim a top-four position.

The Hammers have been excellent at home this season, boasting the second-best record in the league, but they have dropped points in eight of their 14 matches on their travels.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form:
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West Ham United Premier League form:
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