Michael Owen predicts West Ham vs Wolves clash
West Ham return to Premier League action with a trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, and a win will keep them going.
The Hammers are third in the table after 11 games, and while their 3-2 win over Liverpool last time out sent a clear message to everyone, Michael Owen [via BetVictor] does not see them leaving the Molineux Stadium with all three points.
He believes they could become strong title contenders, though, but he wants them to strengthen their striking department to have a chance.
The pundit told BetVictor: “Wolves were in a good run of form, so I was surprised they lost so easily to Palace. They didn’t really turn up that day. Still, new man Bruno Lage is doing a good job and I think Wolves are going under the radar this season.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of games but what a result that was for West Ham against Liverpool. Forget the race for the top four, are West Ham now in the title race?
“The squad is settled and playing so well, my only concern is the lack of depth, mainly up top. If they can keep everyone fit, I see no reason why the Hammers can’t maintain this form.
“This is a hard game for them though. I think Wolves are an underrated side at the minute and have a lot of quality. Molineux is never an easy place to go, so I can see a 1-1 draw here.”
West Ham have won seven games so far, drawing and losing two each, and while fans will expect them to get a comfortable win at Wolves, they could be in for a daunting task.
The Midland outfit have lost five and won five games so far, but their recent form has been mind-blowing as they have only lost one of their last six games, winning four.
They will be hoping to get a win against West Ham, and with most of their players not involved in international duty, the rest they have had could come in handy.
David Moyes will be without Angelo Ogbonna, but Craig Dawson will be expected to line up alongside Kurt Zouma in defence.
The Hammers are favourites due to their recent form, but Wolves have players capable of hurting them and matching their physicality.
The Irons need to prove their top-four credentials every week, and they have got another fierce battle ahead.
Coming out top will definitely be another statement of intent.
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