Every game in the Premier League is difficult but the next six provide a good opportunity to collect some points.
After West Ham, we play Everton, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Cardiff.
At the very least I’d hope the lads could do enough in this period to see themselves north of 40 and focusing on a solid top half finish.
I scoffed at those who said we could finish 7th back in August, but with each passing week I’m wondering if we might just do it?
The fact we’re even in the conversation after 23 games is good enough for me, but let’s not take our foot off the gas yet.
It must have been so disappointing to lose at Wimbledon at the weekend. Like Wolves, the Hammers had every chance of getting to Wembley with the squad of players they have at their disposal.
But Pellegrini rang the changes and unlike Wolves, they couldn’t conjure up a late reprieve.
I still like the look of their best XI though and if Arnautovic is truly over his strop they’ll be infinitely stronger for his inclusion.
Alongside the stroppy Austrian, Felipe Anderson is a joy to watch and the most likely source of pain tomorrow.
I haven’t seen much of Declan Rice but if he plays in this one I’m looking forward to seeing what the much hyped youngster has to offer. Nasri is another quality addition if properly back to his best.
They’ve won, lost, drawn, won, lost in their last five but having propelled themselves up the table with a long winning streak in November / December, they’ve generally been on an upward trajectory after that horror start to the campaign.
The away end
Some comments lifted from the match thread on a popular West Ham forum:
wolves seem surgically built as a team to give us one over the pinball table. newly promoted team with loads of energy in midfield and enough quality to make the best of chances when they come. bournemouth with a sugar daddy. if things go badly i forsee a bit of a tailspin with arnautovic getting the worst of it.
We are wildly inconsistent. I reckon we will win. I would play rice , and obiang and snodgrass in central midfield. And then Anderson, nasri and arnoutovic (as much as I would rather not).
I watched Wolves go 2-0 down v. Shrewsbury yesterday. Their reaction is what seperates us, they got a rematch, we got humiliated. Wolves win.
Seriously worried by this. Wolves look good whenever I see them, we have put in 3 absolutely pathetic away displays against Burnley, Bournemouth & Wimbledon, we struggle against teams around us, we have bad morale from last night and Wolves will be the opposite after coming back from 2 to force a replay. In addition, it’s always difficult going away midweek. I am predicting a 3-0 or 3-1 defeat.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed some cracking players haven’t they , watching that game against Leicester City made me a tad envious of their quick sharp movement – Jiminez , Jota , Neves , Patricio , Moutinho , it’s as if they have some secret behind the scenes deal going on with the whole of Portuguese football .
I’m confident that this will be the eleven we see tomorrow night barring injury.
Boly will probably come back in for Everton, which is just as well given that we’ve conceded a truckload in the games he’s been missing.
If rumours of us signing Jonny on a permanent deal are true I’m well up for that. Much like last summer, getting our best loan players tied to the club should be a priority. The same goes for Jimenez.
It’s been great to see Dendoncker evolve into a proper first team player in recent weeks and a couple of other ‘surplus to requirements’ names heading for the exit. The squad is lean and with a focus on quality additions it feels like we’re properly building ourselves into a top Premier League side.
I worry we could end up a little light down the final stretch though so wouldn’t be adverse to seeing one or two added to the group, but again we want the right players and (probably) have the luxury of waiting until summer.
Well done to vicsmith who continues to lead the Prediction League table after Gameweek 23. Wolvo Dave and Brizzie are still in striking distance though so all to play for and plenty of games for others to catch up.
As always, feel free to join in by leaving your prediction for the game in the comment section below in the boxes provided, which is where you’ll also find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!