West Ham United FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC – West Ham United take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in an English Premier League showdown on Sunday, February 27, at the London Stadium. Kickoff is at 9:00 AM ET. Sky Sports Main Event will feature the match for UK-based audiences while Peacock will air the clash for US-based audiences. SofaScore will cover the match via livestream. The Hammers look to solidify sixth place in the team standings while the Wolves aim to steal the place from West Ham. Soccer betting sites are expecting a big-time clash as both teams are still in contention for a UEFA Champions League berth.
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton 02/27/2022
|When:||Sunday, February 27, 9:00 AM ET|
|Where:||London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, United Kingdom|
|TV:||Sky Sports Main Event|
West Ham United
West Ham United (12-6-8 win-draw-loss, 42 points) wasted a chance to close in at the top four last February 19 when they shared the spoils with 17th-ranked Newcastle United, 1-1. Craig Dawson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute as he headed home a free-kick from Aaron Cresswell. However, the lead was short lived as Joe Willock beat West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to tie the game in the first minute of first-half added time.
The draw kept the Hammers unbeaten in three games but they fell behind Manchester United and Arsenal in the battle for fourth place. Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio will be the players to watch for West Ham with eight goals each. They can get full support from Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornais who scored five goals apiece in appearances for West Ham. Fabianski continues to be a solid presence between the pipes for the Hammers with six clean sheets in 25 starts.
Players to watch: Jarrod Bowen (8 goals, 8 assists); Michail Antonio (8 goals, 6 assists); Said Benrahma (5 goals, 4 assists); Pablo Fornais (5 goals, 2 assists); Manuel Lanzini (4 goals, 2 assists).
The chance of the Wolverhampton Wanderers (12-4-9 win-draw-loss, 40 points) to extend their winning streak to three games was blocked by Arsenal as they squandered a 1-0 lead by allowing two goals in the last 14 minutes. The Arsenal comeback began in the 82nd minute when Nicolas Pepe controlled the leather and shot past Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa to tie the game. Officials then added six minutes before ending the match after a confusion occurred in the last few minutes when the Wolves sent a substitute.
Then a minute before full stoppage, Alexander Lacazette shot from a narrow angle that was deflected by Sa. Instead of going out of the net, the ball went in, causing the Gunners to celebrate as they secured an impossible victory that moved them to fifth place. The loss put the Wolves in danger of getting dislodged by Tottenham as the Spurs have less than a game on their schedule. Raul Jimenez and Hwang lead the Wolves offense as they have scored five goals each while Sa will again man the middle for the team. He has nine clean sheets this season.
Players to Watch: Raul Jimenez (5 goals, 3 assists); Hwang Hee-chan (5 goals); Ruben Neves (3 goals, 1 assist); Conor Coady (2 goals); Romain Saiss (2 goals); Joao Moutinho (2 goals).
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton 02/27/2022 Betting Numbers
Summary: English Premier League betting odds slightly favor the Hammers to win in a close match due to their awesome defense. However, West Ham needs to score early and keep their defense intact to win the match against the dangerous Wolves.
Moneyline: The Hammers have a -110 moneyline for the encounter while the Wolves are the underdogs due to their +275 moneyline. A +225 moneyline is given for a draw.
Pick: West Ham United will cover the spread to win the match over Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-1.