AAnd welcome to the coverage of West Ham, who start Sunday in sixth place with 42 points, five behind Manchester United in fourth after playing one less game, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, two points and two places behind them but with one game less. That game last season was one where the first signs of West Ham’s revival – and Wolves’ stagnation under Nuno – were evident. After losing their first two games of the campaign, Jarrod Bowen scored twice, Raul netted his own and Sebastian Haller came off the bench to score his eighth league goal for the Hammers before leaving in January.
The home side’s form in 2022 – three wins, two draws and two defeats – has so far prevented them from capitalizing on Arsenal’s terrible start and Manchester United’s stutter. Wolves, who seem to have embraced the idea that draws are pointless to a team fighting for a European spot, have won five and lost two in 2022. As Jose Sa told the Telegraph last week he hates losing so much he doesn’t talk to his wife after Wolves lost poor Mrs Sa had to spend the last 60 hours 33 miles on the M6 in Coventry after the goal against her camp of the keeper who gave Arsenal victory on Thursday night after a resilient performance at the Emirates.
West Ham enjoyed a rare free week as Wolves were due to play on Thursday night, a schedule which Moyes hopes could play into their hands. “I hope Wolves are tired, but in football you never know,” he said. “We had very few games where we had the advantage over the opposition over time.
“Wolves have had a tough week but that’s how it is with games canceled during Covid. We have a really tough week ahead with three games in six days, with Sunday and then going to Southampton in the FA Cup midweek, then Liverpool next Saturday.”
West Ham’s Ukrainian captain has been granted compassionate leave by the club following Russia’s invasion of his homeland. “We will do everything we can to help him, this is a really difficult time for him and his family,” Moyes said on Friday. “I spoke with him yesterday and he was upset, which you can imagine. We just hope his family stays safe.”
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