Chris Sutton delivers prediction ahead of West Ham vs Wolves
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Chris Sutton delivers prediction ahead of West Ham vs Wolves

The international break is finally over and the Premier League returns this weekend – and Wolves have a huge game against West Ham United.

Wanderers need three points down in the capital following a poor start to the 2022/23 campaign.

It’s just one win so far, and Bruno Lage is a man under pressure.

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After West Ham it’s Chelsea which could be a tough fixture.

So a win at the London Stadium would be most ideal.

Standing in the way of three points is a team that have struggled just as much as Wolves this season, and also had issues in the final third.

The Hammers are a place and a point below Wolves, and have also only scored three goals.

It’s a match-up between two of the Premier League’s least potent teams, and it is little surprise that BBC Sport pundit Sutton doesn’t think it’ll be a goal-fest.

The former striker believes it’s the home side that will edge Saturday evening’s contest.

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Predicting a 1-0 win for West Ham, he said (BBC Sport): “Diego Costa could make his Wolves debut here, but I think we have to be realistic about what to expect from him.

“This isn’t the Costa we saw at Chelsea, at the peak of his powers. He is 33 now and has not played a competitive game this year.

“Wolves frustrate me because they are a really good team that just doesn’t score enough goals. I could be wrong, but I don’t see Costa changing that.

“West Ham are not exactly prolific either. But I think they deserve more points than they’ve picked up so far and this could be the day where their luck turns.”

West Ham is a must-win game for Wolves and Bruno Lage

This game has become huge, for both managers.

Lage should be doing better given the players at his disposal, and anything less than three points on Saturday will see the pressure crank up further.

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Lose in London, and it’s possible that a bad result against Chelsea could signal the end of the 46-year-old’s tenure.

Wolves have got to fancy their chances against a team that have been every inch as poor as themselves so far in 2022/23.