It was sad to witness a last 16 European tie played in an empty stadium.
But if this one ends up going ahead with 60,000 people in attendance it would be even worse.
The Premier League, the FA and failing that the government need to do the responsible thing and shut everything down.
Given that there’s a scheduled two-week international break anyway, it makes sense to pause, map out the options and make a judgment in a month’s time.
Despite the bungling reputation of all those governing bodies, I expect this will happen, perhaps even by the time this preview makes it out.
But until that happens, we assume it’s on.
The Hammers probably wouldn’t mind this season being expunged from the record books.
It’s been another year of turmoil with the standard managerial sacking and an ongoing flirtation with the terrifying prospect of relegation and what that might mean for this famous old club.
For a short while it looked like Pellegrini was going to be the man to restore credibility. 10th place last season and a 52 point haul was achieved despite the worst start imaginable, so there was plenty of growth potential this time.
But it’s the same old West Ham under this ownership. Machine gun signings with no clear recruitment ethos and chaos wherever you look.
I think they’ve got enough to stay up and despite some difficult fixtures, I think they will – by the skin of their teeth.
Their home form will have to improve though, with only Southampton accruing fewer points on their own ground than the 15 the Hammers have managed at London Stadium.
They did win their last one though – against Southampton – but followed up with a narrow, VAR-assisted 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
January signing Jarrod Bowen is one to look out for on Sunday. He built up a big reputation in the Championship and was a player Wolves were linked with several times in recent windows.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on the Knees Up Mother Brown forum.
Can’t see us beating them. Just like I couldn’t see us beating the worst Arsenal side in years (who have just done the double over us).
A draw, 0-0 or 1-1, which will see the downward trajectory continue.
How I would love to see a repeat of the scoreline of the first time I saw us play Wolves in 1974. It was a muddy Upton Park in November and we ripped them apart winning 5-2. Such a scoreline is unlikely this time round and to be honest right now I’d take a flukey win like Arsenal had over us yesterday.
Let’s hope that they get a poor-ish result against Olympiakos midweek so that their main focus is on the return leg at Molineux. That’s the only way I can see us getting the three points. Same line-up as the last two weeks but Soucek in for Noble for extra legs in midfield.
We need pace at the back so I would replace Cresswell with Masuaku
I would also play snodgrass instead of haller and soucek instead of noble. I think we will win 2-0
their pace and ability on the counterattack will rip us a new one. exactly the sort of team especially at the athletic ground we struggle against, the brave but uninsprired tactic would be to play the game as it to draw wolves out to play and not go gung ho, but our crowd will want us to atack, this could be a high scoring game if we take our chances but wolves will outscore us, as we will succumb to their pace, and if chasing the game we will get proper ****ed after we notoriously tire after the hour mark
It would be nice to see us really get after a team with fragile confidence and a hostile home crowd ready to turn.
I can easily see Nuno playing the 352 though and just lying in wait for West Ham to overcommit. It certainly makes sense as they have a reputation for falling away in games.
We’re missing Jonny and his clever link-up play down the left. I don’t think Vinagre is as awful as some have made out, but he’s not having the same impact.
Looking for somewhere to eat, drink and be merry? Check out the Sports Bar at Casino 36 which has multiple HD screens showing all the major channels as well as a great selection of food and drink.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that nobody predicted 0-0 against Brighton last time out. See the Prediction League table in full here.
If you’d like to join in this week simply leave your prediction in the comment section below using the boxes provided.
That’s where you’ll also find my best guess for this one.
Up The Wolves!