WEST HAM welcome Wolves to the London Stadium on Saturday evening. Daniel McCulloch (@DMcCulloch1984) shares his favourite fancies from Norfolk.
West Ham vs Wolves | Saturday 20th June 2020, 17:30 | Sky Sports
It is fair to say that I am regretting not backing a short-price ‘away’ side after Southampton’s dismantling of Norwich, but I am going to take a similar approach when Wolves visit West Ham on Saturday night.
Clearly Wolves are a better side than the Hammers, given that they are currently 16 points ahead of the East London outfit, but I do see a fair amount of ability in David Moyes’s men. While they are clearly suspect defensively – as 50 goals conceded in 29 games this season testifies – they do have plenty of talented attacking players.
Through a combination of injury and poor form, the output from the likes of Sebastien Haller, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson may not have been to the levels that West Ham fans would expect but given they have been an inconsistent side for the majority of my lifetime, I am loathe to back their opponents at close to Evens.
Instead, I will follow the template from the Norwich versus Southampton game and back the potent striker in the superior side to score. Raul Jimenez is 7/5 with Sky Bet to score anytime.
The Mexican has scored 13 times in 29 games this season and in four of his last seven matches. The sides that he failed to score against were Manchester City, Leicester and Brighton, all of whom have far better defences than The Hammers.
Jimenez is ably served from the likes of Adama Troare and Diego Jota and given the general lack of pace in West Ham’s side, I expect the two of them to get in plenty of positions to set up clear goalscoring opportunities for the Wolves striker. With the volume of chances I expect him to get, Jimenez looks great value to net against a porous opponent.
West Ham vs Wolves – Raul Jimenez to score at anytime (7/5 Skybet)