Rival pundits Mark Lawrenson and Charlie Nicholas are both in agreement over West Ham United ahead of tonight’s clash with Wolves.

West Ham go into the game at The Molineux off the back of a first win in nine when they beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday.

Wolves drew 1-1 with Sheffield United last time out.

West Ham’s victory has eased the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean has twice been made favourite for the sack in recent weeks.

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo meanwhile has distractions of his own to deal with after being heavily linked with the Arsenal job.

Pellegrini will be desperate to keep the momentum now after going more than two months without a victory prior to the win at Stamford Bridge.

But rival pundits Mark Lawrenson and Charlie Nicholas are in agreement that won’t happen.


BBC Sport predictor Lawro feels West Ham are simply too inconsistent.

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Lawro questions ‘soft’ West Ham

“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,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport when predicting a 2-0 defeat for Pellegrini’s side.

“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.”

Sky Sports pundit Nicholas concurs.

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Nicholas agrees on Hammer blow

“What a result for West Ham at Chelsea,” Nicholas said on Sky Sports when predicting a 2-1 win for Wolves.

“Manuel Pellegrini was on the brink of losing his job and his side pulled something out of the hat for him. They got their shape right, defended well and were a threat on the counter-attack. They do have a softness about them, though.

“Michail Antonio brings the power and strength but West Ham are too nice. Sebastien Haller has gone cold and Felipe Anderson has been poor. You have to take them out of the team, work with them on the basics, and build them up again.

“I have never seen it (the Premier League) this tight… I expect Wolves to come through this.”

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