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West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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31 Aug 2018
Marko Arnautovic

West Ham United are still searching for their first points of the season as they host a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who held champions Manchester City to a draw in their last outing.

Team news

Marko Arnautovic (knee) is fit despite going off injured at Arsenal in Matchweek 3. Andy Carroll (ankle), Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Wolves have reported no new injury concerns. 

Did you know?

This will be the first Premier League meeting between West Ham and Wolves since New Year’s Day 2011, when the Hammers won 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground.

Three of the seven teenagers to play in the PL this season have come from either West Ham (Declan Rice) or Wolves (Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre).

West Ham have lost their last two home PL matches against promoted sides, having been defeated by Brighton (3-0) and Newcastle (3-2) last season. But they have never lost three such contests in a row in the competition.

Marko Arnautovic has scored the first goal in West Ham’s last two PL matches but has lost both of them. Only three players have ever scored the first goal in three successive PL matches without winning any – John Spencer for Chelsea in 1996, Michel Ngonge for Watford in 1999 and Steven Fletcher for Sunderland in 2012.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: 
Simon Long, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: 
Steve Martin

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