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West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 5:30pm
West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Preview;
BRIAN DEAR nervously cast an eye over West Ham United’s return to Premier League action confessing he was uncertain what awaits the east London outfit.
The Hammers face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the London Stadium on Saturday evening – the Black Country club having won all three of the previous meetings since they returned to the top flight.
But with West Ham teetering just above the relegation zone, David Moyes’ charges must restart on the right foot.
“I’d take any kind of positive result, particularly as we don’t know how conditioned the players will be,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“The best players will always shine simply because of their quality but it remains to be seen how the long lay-off has affected fitness and mentality – not just at West ham, but throughout the Premier League.
“Leadership has never been more important. Mark Noble needs to be so much more than just a captain just now and the senior players need to step up too because there’s no crowd to lift them.”
Dear admitted he was gutted that the matches will be played in empty stadiums, adding: “The game is all about the supporters. It will be tough without them because we know how much being at the games means to them.”
And Dear was painfully aware that the Hammers faced a difficult reintroduction, adding: “Wolves love playing us at the moment but that needs to change.
“Of course, we don’t know how much the lockdown will have affected them either? You’d be a brave man to bet on football at the moment, that’s for sure!
“I just hope from a West Ham perspective that the players are in the right frame of mind and have done all they can during the few weeks they have been back. As I said, I’d take any positive result, giving us a platform ahead of the trip to Tottenham next week.”
West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Head to head;
West Ham United won; 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers won; 21
West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Last five meetings (all competitions);
January 1, 2011 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
January 9, 2016 – FA Cup
West Ham United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
September 1, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
January 29, 2019 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United
December 4, 2019 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction; West Ham United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jeevesie’s prediction; West Ham United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers