West Ham United’s luck seems like it might be changing and they could have a big advantage when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers in a couple of weeks.
The Hammers are in the bottom three and desperate for the four or five wins that will keep them up.
West Ham face Southampton on Saturday in a must-win game. Three points there would lift them out of the bottom three with Aston Villa not playing due to their Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
David Moyes’s side then face a trip to Arsenal, which is not the daunting fixture it once was.
West Ham get lucky break for Wolves home game?
On paper it looked like West Ham then had another tough game against Wolves at home the following week (March 15th).
But the Hammers have just got lucky.
Wolves beat Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday night.
That secured a last 16 spot for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. The Europa League offers Wolves not only a genuine chance of major silverware but also Champions League qualification.
If Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year European ban is overturned then that is unlikely to be within reach via the Premier League.
Wolves focus will be on Europa League last 16
So the last 16 tie takes on huge importance for the Molineux side.
And the game at West Ham falls slap bang in the middle of that two-legged tie.
Wolves will play their as yet unknown opponents on Thursday March 12th before coming to the London Stadium on the 15th.
And they will play the second leg the following Thursday, March 19th.
If Wolves get a tough away trip on the 12th it could work out even better for West Ham. And depending on the score in the first leg, Wolves could have it all to play for to make the quarter-finals.
Clutching at straws but Moyes will take anything he can get
Nuno could be forced to rest key players, particularly if the tie is in the balance.
The minds of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ players may also be elsewhere as they will privately be desperate to feature in a big European game.
It may be clutching at straws but West Ham and Moyes will take anything they can get at the moment.
If the Hammers can beat Southampton and draw at Arsenal, they would go into the Wolves game with renewed confidence.
A win over them too would put West Ham on 31 points with more winnable games on the horizon.