It’s Premier League match time at Upton park, when West Ham host Wolves on New Year’s Day in match week 21.
The last meeting, which was the first leg game of the current season and took place on October 16, ended in a 1-1 draw.
West Ham have nurtured a reputation for playing positively and this season that record has been thrown out of the metaphoric window, and the game against Wolves reflected a listlessness that had the Hammers give away the ball all too often and struggle to retrieve it. That was at least the story of a first half that witnessed Wolves take an early lead as Jarvis scored on 10 minutes on the rebound from 12 yards after Green could only weakly parry a Stephen Ward cross.
The Hammers appeared to wake up after the interval, and eight minutes into the second half, Noble scored from the spot to level the score, after Foley brought down Obinna. The game marked the 22nd futile attempt by West Ham to win an away game. Avram Grant’s gave a belatedly good account of themselves in the second half, with Parker brilliant in midfield.
West have won two of their 10 home games this season, while drawing four and losing the remaining. Wolves have not had a glorious away record losing 7 of 9 games on the road, while drawing the one.
Head to head, the two sides have won two games each in five league meetings between them.
Both relegation favourites appear to be finally getting into their strides in the second half of the season and yet are firmly entrenched at the foot of the points table. On current form, this should be a hard fought game, with West Ham edging it on the back of home advantage.
The following players comprised West Ham’s starting eleven against everton in match week 20: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Sears, Parker, Kovac, Boa Morte, Obinna and Piquionne. Spector, Hines and Cole were used as substitutes.
Wolves had the following men in their starting eleven against Liverpool in match week 20: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Milijas, Hunt, Jarvis, Ward and Ebanks-Blake. The following substitutes also featured: Fletcher and Edwards.