By Thomas Strong
30th August 2018
Despite hefty pre-season hype, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers are still waiting for their first Premier League wins of the campaign. Will either get one on Saturday at 15:00? Here’s our betting advice:
West Ham vs Wolves odds: The case for the visitors
Though neither side have triumphed yet, Wolves unquestionably carry more momentum. They came from behind twice against Everton, held Man City and won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Cup in midweek.
West Ham by contrast have lost all three Premier League games and were even trailing to League One team AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup until the Dons had a player sent off.
Despite that, the Irons play the part of 6/4 favourites in our West Ham vs Wolves odds, with the Championship champions 9/5 to take all three points and the draw available to back at 23/10.
The hosts’ sole London Stadium win in five came past on-the-beach Everton on last season’s final day. More disturbingly, they fell home and away to the last two clubs to gain automatic promotion: Newcastle and Brighton.
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Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Wolves betting @ 9/1
Both teams to score has been a feature of West Ham’s last three matches and two of Wolves’ three in the league. The West Ham vs Wolves odds on more of the same are 4/6.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have netted exactly one in successive top-flight fixtures and three of their most recent five in east London, while the newcomers have struck precisely two twice this term.
Therefore, our West Ham vs Wolves prediction for correct score backers is 1-2 at 9/1.
As mentioned, Wolves have already pocketed a Premier League point from behind, which is rendered more relevant by West Ham losing their last two encounters from in front.
Bournemouth and Arsenal both found routes back from 1-0 down and our top Premier League betting tip for this clash is for Wolves to recover from any deficit to prevail at 17/2.
West Ham’s talisman Arnautovic went off injured at the Emirates and didn’t face AFC Wimbledon, but was overheard at the Cherry Red Records Stadium confirming like another famous Arnie that he’d be back.
The Austrian got the opening goal in his last two appearances, against the Cherries and Gunners, his 12th and 13th strikes since December. He’s hard to resist at 9/2 to fire first again.
For more advice, tips and guides got betting on this weekend’s Premier League action, visit our football accumulator article.
Opta Stats: West Ham vs Wolves
- Arnautovic has had a hand in 14 Premier League goals in 2018 (eight goals, six assists), eight more than any other Hammers player.
- Wolves haven’t won any of their last eight Premier League games when they’ve scored first (D2 L6) including in their last match against Man City.
- Three of the seven teenagers to play in the Premier League this season have come from either West Ham (Declan Rice) or Wolves (Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre).