Wolves can add to Manuel Pellegrini’s problems at West Ham United by securing their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday.
After storming to the Championship title last term, Wolves had been tipped by many people to clinch a top-half finish this season, but such predictions seemed a little far-fetched when Nuno Espirito Santo’s side failed to defeat an Everton team that played for more than 45 minutes with 10 men and then lost at Leicester City.
However, last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City had the pundits purring while the Hammers continue to underwhelm despite a change of manager and a host of new signings over the summer.
Wolves to win at West Ham @ 19/10
West Ham do not appear to have learnt from the mistakes they have made in the last few years and many of their new arrivals are past their peak.
With an horrendous set of fixtures coming up there is a real danger that Pellegrini’s side could be without a win after 10 games and the gloom could deepen after this weekend’s result.
There should be routine victories for Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City against Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United respectively but Liverpool’s fine start to the campaign could come under threat at Leicester.
Leicester to draw with Liverpool @ 4/1
The Foxes, even without the suspended Jamie Vardy, have enough ability in their squad to trouble a Liverpool side that have not had to dig too deep to defeat West Ham, Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Fulham appear to be hitting their stride after losing their first two matches but they may hit the buffers at Brighton, where Chris Hughton has strengthened his squad sensibly this summer.
The Seagulls are difficult to beat at home, as Manchester United found a fortnight ago, and can win with both teams to score at odds of 11/4.
Crystal Palace to beat Southampton 1-0 @ 6/1
Mark Hughes may have saved Southampton from the drop in the closing weeks of last season but Saints’ goalscoring problems remain and they look set for another nine months of struggle.
So poor are Southampton going forward that Crystal Palace may only need one goal to register their second victory of the campaign.