There was no little irony as drab BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts a drab result for West Ham United at Wolves.
West Ham fans have a turbulent relationship with Lawro.
During West Ham’s record breaking 2015/16 season – when they amassed their best ever Premier League points total – Lawrenson famously sided against the east Londoners week after week.
So much so the final standings based on his predictions would have seen West Ham relegated with just 32 points.
The reality was West Ham finished seventh with 62 points, just four points off a Champions League spot.
This season – West Ham’s best since the Farewell Boleyn campaign – is more of the same from Lawro.
According to his predictions so far David Moyes’s side should be 11 on 36 points with a negative goal difference.
This week Lawrenson was up to his usual tricks, predicting a drab game and 1-0 defeat for West Ham at Wolves on Monday night (BBC Sport).
“This has been a disappointing campaign for Wolves, and one of the first setbacks they suffered was when they lost 4-0 to West Ham at London Stadium in September,” Lawro said on BBC Sport.
“The Hammers, by contrast, have had an excellent season. The challenge for them now is seeing it through to the finish.
“This one is hard to call, mainly because I think it will be quite a flat occasion rather than a high-tempo affair. If Wolves do keep West Ham quiet, they could nick the points.”
Berbatov and Sky Sports man more hopeful for Hammers
Former Premier League star Dimitar Berbatov and the man making the predictions for Sky Sports are a touch more hopeful, though.
Speaking in The Metro, Berbatov said West Ham are ‘one of the teams of the season’.
“It’s great to see what they (West Ham) have done and it’s a great statement from everyone connected to the team,” Berbatov told The Metro.
“Wolves on the other hand have under-performed, they were an exciting team that were pushing for European football but they have fallen by the wayside this season, if they have a few bad results they may end up in trouble, but I think they will get a point in this one. Prediction 1-1.”
‘A stern test for the Hammers to break down’
Sky Sports statistician Lewis Jones agrees with Berbatov, opting for a 1-1 draw.
“This is a tough one to predict,” Jones said on Sky Sports.
“All three match result outcomes can be easily argued at the prices available. West Ham are 22 points better off than at this stage last season – the club’s best return after 29 games of a Premier League season.
“However, Wolves now look far more comfortable again in their own skin since reverting to a back three and will provide a stern test for the Hammers to break down.”