BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham’s game against Wolves at Molineux Stadium.
“ As good as West Ham were in Saturday’s win over Chelsea, I really have no idea what they are going to do next and whether they are going to play very well, or very badly. ”
“ Wolves are far more reliable, as in they are a very consistent side. They are also on a very good run, and have not lost any of their past nine Premier League games – I would be surprised if they don’t make that 10. ”
Lawrenson’s prediction: 2-0
Bobby Seagull’s prediction
Bobby’s prediction: 2-1
Why Bobby is not backing the Hammers: This is controversial! On Saturday, I was thinking that if West Ham lose against Chelsea, my decision is easy and I am absolutely going for a West Ham defeat, just based on analysis – not what I’d like to happen.
Because they beat Chelsea, it has left me in a bit of a quandary but then I look at form and Wolves’ form has been terrific recently and again there is a factor that we raised our game in a London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Some people might be surprised to see that I’m predicting a West Ham loss but although I’m a passionate Hammers fan, when it comes to statistics, data and analysis, my days in finance (as a trader at investment bank Lehman Brothers and a chartered accountant at PwC) mean that I almost always allow my head to rule over my heart.
In my days as a trader, you would try to hedge your trades to minimise losses. So if Wolves win, I’d obviously pick up 10 points. But if West Ham draw or win, then I’ll be personally happy as my club pick up points. I hedged my bets so I’m happy either way. It is win-win, as they say.