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West Ham predicted lineup vs Wolves - Premier League

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West Ham are impressing everyone right now
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West Ham United travel to Molineux in high sprits for a Premier League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Having carved out his first Premier League victory over Liverpool in a decade, David Moyes could become the first West Ham manager since Alan Pardew in 2006 to win five Premier League games on the spin with all three points this weekend.

Here's the XI Moyes may opt for in a bid to extend their winning run.


West Ham predicted lineup vs Wolves - Premier League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Lukasz Fabianski (GK) - One of no fewer than eight players to have started every league fixture for West Ham this season, the former Poland international hasn't been challenged domestically by the arrival of Alphonse Areola.

Vladimir Coufal (RB) - After missing his first Premier League games of 2021 with a groin injury last month, Coufal may finally sneak back ahead of Ben Johnson despite the youngster impressing as his replacement.

Craig Dawson (CB) - Previously part of the central defensive duo deployed in Europe, Angelo Ogbonna's injury has opened up a Premier League slot Dawson is most likely to fill.

Kurt Zouma (CB) - With a goal that capped a fine performance in West Ham's last Premier League outing against Liverpool, Zouma became the club's tenth different domestic goalscorer this season.

Aaron Cresswell (LB) - So often the architect of West Ham's fabled dead ball delivery, Cresswell has created a team-high nine chances from set pieces this season - as many as the entire Leicester squad combined (per FBref).

2. Midfielders

Tomas Soucek (CM) - Since trotting on as a second-half substitute against Arsenal in March 2020, Soucek has started each and every Premier League match for West Ham - a run that scarcely looks like ending any time soon.

Declan Rice (CM) - The division's most progressive ball carrier has been responsible for almost a quarter of West Ham's entries into the final third in open play this season (23%), the highest proportion of any player in Europe's top five leagues.

Said Benrahma (AM) - From the squad's fringes to its epicentre, Moyes' renewed faith in the former Brentford playmaker has been repaid by a goal or assist every 133 minutes across all competitions this season.

3. Forwards

Jarrod Bowen (RW) - Not only do Wolves need to be concerned about Bowen's overall form this season, but the Molineux outfit are his favourite Premier League opponents as he averages a goal every 77 minutes in this fixture.

Michail Antonio (ST) - Antonio's gargantuan importance to the team was underlined when the club's co-owner David Sullivan had his number nine whisked back a day early from international duty with Jamaica in a private jet, so as to be best prepared for the trip north.

Pablo Fornals (LW) - The mysterious absence of West Ham's second top scorer from Spain's squad against Sweden - after he featured three days prior - was explained by an addition to the Fornals family. He may not have enjoyed much rest in the build up, but the new arrival is unlikely to stop Fornals senior playing on Saturday.


Read 90min's preview for Wolves vs West Ham here.

Read Wolves' predicted lineup here.

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