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Preview: West Ham vs Wolves – H2H, Form Guide, Injury News and Prediction

The beautiful game of football graces the London Stadium again on Sunday, 2023-12-17 at 2:00 PM UTC, with two Premier League teams, West Ham and Wolves, striving for supremacy. Considering their recent historical encounters and current forms, this match-up promises an engaging spectacle filled with footballing drama, strategy and, of course, goals.

A Glance at Past Encounters

Reflecting over the teams’ head-to-head statistics reveals an interesting pattern. In their last 10 meetings, Wolves have asserted the upper hand with 6 victories against West Ham’s 4, with no game ending in a draw. Their most recent tussle saw Wolves step out victorious with a 1-0 win over West Ham on 2023-01-14.

Form Guide: West Ham

West Ham United come to this game with a mixed bag of results in their last 5 games. Notably, they have succumbed to a 5-0 thrashing at Fulham’s hands but also managed to edge out Tottenham and SC Freiburg in the UEFA Europa League. Their most recent game saw them formally dispense SC Freiburg with a 2-0 victory.

The Last 5 Games of West Ham

  1. West Ham 2-0 SC Freiburg (2023-12-14) UEFA Europa League
  2. Fulham 5-0 West Ham (2023-12-10)
  3. Tottenham 1-2 West Ham (2023-12-07)
  4. West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace (2023-12-03)
  5. TSC Backa Topola 0-1 West Ham (2023-11-30) UEFA Europa League

Form Guide: Wolves

Contrarily, Wolves haven’t been in the best of forms recently with two losses, two wins, and a recent draw against Nottingham Forest. It is noteworthy that The Pack has been finding it difficult to secure points on foreign soil, having lost their last three away games.

The Last 5 Games of Wolves

  1. Wolves 1-1 Nottingham Forest (2023-12-09)
  2. Wolves 1-0 Burnley (2023-12-05)
  3. Arsenal 2-1 Wolves (2023-12-02)
  4. Fulham 3-2 Wolves (2023-11-27)
  5. Wolves 2-1 Tottenham (2023-11-11)

Player Availability

It is reported that West Ham power forward M. Antonio will miss the fixture due to a knee injury. This could be a massive blow to the Hammers considering Antonio’s pivotal role in the team. Wolves, on the other hand, will be positioning their best feet forward as they look to recover from their recent away-game underperformance.

Wise Wagers and Predictions

Considering the teams’ respective positions on the Premier League table, West Ham (9th) appears to have the upper hand against Wolves (13th). A win for West Ham could see them escalate even further, whilst Wolves winning can dramatically alter their losing streak narrative. Based on statistics and predictions, the advised bet would be a double chance: West Ham to win or a draw. Given West Ham’s home advantage and Wolves’ away performance, this seems a reliable wager. However, in the unpredictable theatre of football, one iconic moment can tilt the scale in either direction, making this an encounter to look forward to for fans and neutrals alike.

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