West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Premier League – London Stadium – Sunday 7pm – Preview
Brian Dear hopes West Ham United have learned from one or two harsh lessons when bogey team, Wolverhampton Wanderers, are the visitors to the London Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Black County outfit has won all four meetings between the two clubs since they returned to the Premier League. And despite the recent sale of Diogo Jota to Liverpool, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side still possesses some talented footballers, more than capable of challenging for a top-six finish.
“Wolves are strong in all positions,” the former Hammers frontman told Yellow Sport.
“They don’t have a huge squad, but the players Nuno has are all quality. I know they were beaten by Manchester City on Sunday, but their second-half performance was very good. Jiménez looked as dangerous as ever. Defensively, we need to be on our metal.”
Dear continued: “The threat has been similar in each game we have played with Wolves. Traoré overpowered us last time. They are relentless. If you don’t stand up to them then you come unstuck.
“The key is to learn from what has gone before. The Wolves squad hasn’t changed that much. We should be fully aware of what is coming. The players will be well-drilled in what to do.
“On paper, this West Ham squad shouldn’t be struggling. The performance at Arsenal last week was encouraging, but a lack of concentration has yet again proved costly.
“Big players must stand up and be counted. It no good looking at the fixture list and writing games off. Eventually, that will catch up with you. Admittedly, we need one or two reinforcements. But until that happens, this group must stick together and make life a bit easier so we don’t have another white knuckle ride later in the season.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers