Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United – Premier League – Molineux – Monday 8:15pm – Preview
Brian Dear is looking forward to the Premier League returning but is unsure which side of West Ham United we will see when they head to the Black County on Monday evening.
Last time out, the Hammers raced into a three-goal lead inside half an hour when Arsenal visited the London Stadium. However, the hosts twitched – the North Londoners saw their opportunity and the lead frustratingly evaporated.
“We’ve had plenty of time to dwell on it, I’m hoping it hasn’t affected us too much,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“We really shouldn’t be throwing away a 3-0 lead. Admittedly, Arsenal played extremely well after the third goal, but we’ve not come to expect that from this group. I hope the mindset has reset. We need to finish the season strongly.”
West Ham now faces a Wolves side whom they thrashed 4-0 in East London at the start of the campaign. Dear is expecting an altogether tighter contest this time around.
“Wolves perhaps haven’t done as well as they would have liked this season,” the former frontman added.
“I think last season took its toll. They didn’t have too much rest after such a long and extended season. We took full advantage of that back in September.
“It’s difficult to predict which way this one will go? Certainly, if we have aspirations of European football then it is a match we must win. But Wolves must be respected. Nuno has done a fantastic job there. They have established themselves in the Premier League and are decent to watch.
“It’s also tough to know what shape the players will be in after a rigorous international break. The travelling – the matches – it takes it out of you. I think you always get some strange results when they come back.
“But I think West Ham should be confident. They won’t need telling about the disappointments against Manchester United and the second part against Arsenal. I’m sure they have been through it and will want to put it right. We still have a great chance of finishing in the top six and I expect us to get something from this match, setting us up for an exciting finish to the season.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 West Ham United