West Ham United travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night buoyed by a 1-0 win at Chelsea at the weekend.

The Hammers ended an eight-game winless run at Stamford Bridge.

As a result West Ham eased the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean would like nothing more than to stick with his winning team.

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Antonio doubt for Wolves

But the quick four-day turnaround and an injury doubt over the crucial Michail Antonio look set to dictate otherwise.

Record signing Sebastien Haller was dropped for the Chelsea game as Antonio came into the side and shone.

Antonio ran himself ragged at Stamford Bridge and was seen walking gingerly off the pitch when he was substituted in the second half.

Speculation is rife Antonio has picked up a slight strain and will miss the game.


So Pellegrini will be left with little option than to recall Haller to the starting line-up.

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Haller returns but second change is on the cards

That may not be the only change, though.

Pellegrini’s relationship with another big money signing, Felipe Anderson, is strained.

The pair were involved in a heated exchange when Anderson was once again substituted.

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Anderson set for bench duty?

Some supporters felt Anderson did not show the same desire and workrate as the rest of his Hammers teammates against the Blues.

And Pellegrini could well bring Andriy Yarmolenko back into the side from the start in a second change.

Pablo Fornals struggled to make an impact against Chelsea. But the Spaniard did work his socks off and played a key role in the match-winning goal from Aaron Cresswell.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Wolves:

Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Fornals, Yarmolenko, Haller

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