Wolves vs West Ham Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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​West Ham will look to build on Saturday’s shock win at Chelsea when they face Wolves on Wednesday night at Molineux.

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Aaron Cresswell’s strike was enough to earn the Hammers all three points against the Blues, but the midweek clash in the Black Country may pose a sterner challenge in the form of Wolves.

After a wobbly start, the Wanderers have recuperated and now find themselves sixth, level on points with fifth placed Tottenham and six points behind fourth Chelsea.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday’s clash.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?​ Wednesday 4 December​
What Time Is Kick Off? ​19:30 (BST)
Where Is it Played? ​Molineux
TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Amazon Prime
Referee? ​Andre Marriner

Team News

Willy Boly is still out for Nuno Espirito Santo while Ryan Bennett is a doubt, leaving the manager with two centre back spots to fill. Romain Saiss – available again after suspension – and Leander Dendoncker are likely to start, while Max Killman is also an option.

David Martin

David Martin replaced Roberto in goal and made a number of saves during the victory at Stamford Bridge so should retain his place, with first choice Lukasz Fabianski still sidelined.

Midfielders Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere remain absent, while Michail Antonio, one of West Ham’s better performers in recent weeks, is a doubt after suffering a muscle injury. His potential omission could see Sebastien Haller lead the line.

Issa Diop is available again after suspension but Manuel Pellegrini will likely see no need to bring the Frenchman back into his starting XI after his side kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since late September.


Predicted Lineups

Wolves Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez, Jota.
West Ham ​Martin; Fredericks, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Fornals; Anderson; Haller.

Head to Head Record

West Ham may lead the overall head to head standings, with 29 wins to Wolves’ 20 – 14 games being drawn – but Wednesday’s hosts have the edge over their opponents over the last year or so.

Wolves won both games last season, Adama Traore scoring a 90th minute winner at the London Stadium in a 1-0 victory in September, before a more comfortable 3-0 triumph at Molineux, Raul Jimenez netting twice after Saiss’ opener.

West Ham last beat Wolves in the Premier League in 2011, when a Ronald Zubar own goal and Freddie Sears’ strike earned the Irons victory.

Nenad Milijas,Freddie Sears


Recent Form

Wolves have suffered defeat just once in their last 15 games since losing three matches in a row in September, a run which has helped them progress to the knockout stage of the Europa League and up the standings in the Premier League.

That run included the 2-0 win at Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Aaron Cresswell,Declan Rice,Robert Snodgrass

Pressure had been building on Manuel Pellegrini before the Chelsea game. His side hadn’t won in seven league games before Cresswell stepped up to win the Hammers three points at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham are now four points ahead of 18th placed ​Southampton, having dropped worryingly close to the relegation zone before the win at ​Chelsea.

Here are each sides’ last five results.

Wolves​ ​West Ham
​Wolves 1-1 Sheffield United (1/12) ​Chelsea 0-1 West Ham (30/11)
​Braga 3-3 Wolves (28/11) West Ham 2-3 Tottenham (23/11)
​Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves (23/11) ​Burnley 3-0 West Ham (9/11)
Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa (10/11) ​West Ham 2-3 Newcastle (2/11)
Wolves 1-0 Slovan Bratislava (7/11) West Ham 1-1 Sheffield United (26/10)

Prediction

The Hammers will be buoyed by their most recent win, but they will also have to contend with an in-form striker in Raul Jimenez.

Raul Jimenez

​Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet since early October so ​West Ham should fancy their chances of nicking a goal at some stage, but the home side should have enough to score an important win.

Prediction: Wolves 2-1 West Ham


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