With the Premier League making its return to action this week, top-four outsiders Wolves will make the trip to an empty London Stadium as they face off against West Ham on Saturday evening.
Last seen back in March snatching what could be a crucial away strike at Olympiacos while on European duties, Wolves had previously found themselves in the midst of a five-match top-flight unbeaten run and make their return sat in that lucrative sixth spot.
On the flip side, while the Oranges might be enjoying their own battle at the top of the Premier League table, the Hammers make their return with only their goal difference keeping them outside the bottom-three.
Hit with a hard-fought 1-0 defeat at the Emirates prior to the break, the East London outfit also hold what is a worrying record against Saturday’s guests.
Watching Wolves pick up a 2-0 win when they made the trip to Molineux earlier in the season, the European contenders have won each of their last three meetings against this weekend’s hosts. Another away victory for Wolves on their return can be found priced at 23/20 with William Hill.
Moyes’ defensive headache
Although West Ham may have created a string of golden opportunities at the Emirates prior to the break, the Hammers could only muster a 1-0 defeat across London and find themselves in the midst of a real crisis.
Despite breaking the bank on the likes of Sebastian Haller last summer, former Manchester United boss David Moyes finds his side only hanging onto their Premier League status thanks to their goal difference.
Including throwing away a two-goal lead and eventually lucky to snatch a point off of fellow scrappers Brighton, West Ham have managed to land just a single top-flight victory and clean sheet since New Year’s Day.
Already conceding at least a pair of strikes at home against the likes of Newcastle, Brighton, and Crystal Palace this season, Saturday’s hosts can be found priced at 6/5 with 888Sport to ship over 1.5 goals on their return this weekend.
Jota to steal the show?
While Wolves may have been disappointed to have closed their Premier League campaign back in March with a 0-0 draw against Brighton, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men were enjoying a five-match top-flight unbeaten run.
With that run highlighted by a dramatic victory away at Spurs in what turned out to be a five-goal thriller in North London, Saturday’s guests also impressed many by leaving a resurging Old Trafford with a point in tact.
With some still tipping them as a dark horse in this year’s Europa League, the Midlands outfit also know that they still sit in the ever-growing top-four chase.
If Wolves are to extend on their top-four ambitions on their return this weekend, then Santo could be calling on Diogo Jota to lead their charge after a remarkable run of form prior to the enforced break.
Including bagging a Europa League hat-trick against Espanyol earlier in the year, the 23-year-old had bagged six goals in as many appearances before the interruption.
Also finding the net against Tottenham on that glittering purple patch, Jota can be found priced at 9/4 with Paddy Power to mark his return with a strike in the capital.