West Ham enjoyed another fruitful Thursday night as they beat Freiburg to seal top spot in Europa League Group A and return to domestic matters against Wolves on Sunday.
Goals from Mohammed Kudus and Edson Alvarez completed a 2-0 victory for the Hammers against Breisgau-Brasilianer and David Moyes' side are now unbeaten in five at home.
Visitors Wolves have avoided defeat in their last two and things seem to have settled down after a chaotic summer, resulting in boss Gary O'Neil's appointment just days before the season and a frustrating autumn, in which they regularly found themselves bemoaning VAR.
A 1-0 win over Burnley and a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest has helped add to their cushion over the relegation places, but they are five points behind West Ham in the Premier League standings.
O'Neil has a history with West Ham, having played for the club between 2011 and 2013, but he lost both of his games against them when in charge of Bournemouth last season.
The Cherries failed to score in those matches and, while Wolves carry more of a threat, the hosts will go into Sunday's game confident that they have the tools to boost their hopes of a fourth successive season of European football by securing another victory.
West Ham to win - 23/20
West Ham's win over Freiburg extended their unbeaten run at home to five games and was much-needed after last Sunday's miserable 5-0 defeat at Fulham.
Moyes admitted to being embarrassed by his team's display at Craven Cottage, but they excelled on Thursday to seal top seeding from their Europa League pool and avoid a play-off against one of the teams dropping down from the Champions League.
They have a decent recent home record against Wolves, winning the pair's last three meetings at the London Stadium without conceding.
Punters may also note Wolves' poor away record, losing their last three, as well as O'Neil's struggles against Sunday's opponents while at Bournemouth.
Jarrod Bowen - Anytime Scorer - 9/4
Moyes has been full of praise for Jarrod Bowen this week and believes the England winger is ready to take on the extra responsibility of being his side's main striker.
Mohammed Kudus' arrival has seen Bowen play more centrally in recent months and is adapting to his new role nicely.
Although not all coming while playing through the middle, Bowen's nine league goals for the season is an excellent return and he will expect to eclipse his current Premier League best of 12 for the campaign, achieved during 2021/22.
He also has a decent record against Wolves, scoring three goals in the West Midlands club's last three visits to the London Stadium and could strike again on Sunday.
Hee-Chang Hwang - Over 1.5 Shots - 8/11
Wolves' top scorer this season is Hee-Chang Hwang, who has scored a career-best eight Premier League goals from 16 league appearances.
The South Korean dovetails nicely with fellow forward Matheus Cunha and is likely to play with extra confidence following this week's news that he has signed a new long-term contract at Molineux.
Hwang has attempted 26 shots this season and his current confidence suggests he can maintain his average of attempting over 1.5 efforts per game.
West Ham are assessing midfielder Alvarez after he took a knock to his hip in Thursday's win over Freiburg,
Michail Antonio is still absent due to the knee injury sustained during the November international break while he was away with Jamaica.
Rayan Ait-Nouri is set to return to the Wolves squad after an ankle issue, while Mario Lemina has recovered from a back complaint.
However, the game comes too soon for Pedro Neto, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, although O'Neil is hopeful of having him available to face Chelsea on Christmas Eve.
West Ham have won their last three home games against Wolves.
Wolves are unbeaten in their last two league matches, but have lost their last three away from home.
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