Wolves face West Ham at the London Stadium this Saturday with both teams winning their mid week Carabao cup ties. Wolves comfortably defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Hillsborough with Nuno making 9 changes to the side that drew with Manchester City. Leo Bonatini scored his first Wolves goal in 23 hours 59 minutes whilst Helder Costa scored the second from the penalty spot. The Hammers also made 9 changes as they beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1. Goals courtesy of central defenders Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna, as well as an injury time goal from Javier Hernandez, gave Manuel Pellegrini his first West Ham win.
Last week, Wolves earned a fantastic 1-1 draw at Molineux against reigning champions Man City. Willy Boly’s goal put the home side ahead before Aymeric Laporte equalised shortly after. Many players impressed, most notably Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho.
Adama Traore will be hoping for a start this weekend after playing the full 90 minutes against Wednesday in the cup where he created Bonatini’s goal, whilst also creating plenty of other chances, including one where Morgan Gibbs-White should have done better with. If he does start, he will be replacing Helder Costa who was very good against City and has looked like himself again as of late. A goal against Wednesday will have helped his plea to retain his place. Certainly, a tough decision for Nuno to make.
Leander Dendoncker looked assured in his position as he made his debut mid week, however, you would think he will be eased in and take a place on the bench this weekend. He will fit in at both right centre back and centre midfield, yet you couldn’t see him displacing Ryan Bennett at the moment, nor Moutinho or Ruben Neves.
Ruben Vinagre and Romain Saiss had good games against Sheffield Wednesday and will perhaps find themselves unfortunate to sit on the bench.
In terms of the opposition, Wolves should head into the game full of confidence against a side who have not picked up any points this season. Admittedly, they were perhaps unlucky against Arsenal, eventually losing 3-1. Their other results were a 2-1 home loss to Bournemouth and a 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
West Ham have spent a lot more money than Wolves on an exciting squad. They’ve spent over £100m but things don’t look to have clicked for The Hammers. It will be interesting to see if Felipe Anderson has a big impact on the game, whilst Robert Snodgrass has also impressed recently, so he could be a dangerous prospect during the game.Embed from Getty Images
Predicted line up (3-4-3)
Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Costa, Jimenez, Jota.
Predicted score – West Ham 1-2 Wolves