12 min: … so having said that, West Ham get out of their own half. Cornet flicks on down the left to release Scamacca, who sends a screeching shot across Sa and inches wide of the bottom-right corner. A fine effort, though it transpires he was well offside.
11 min: David Moyes is already on the touchline issuing orders to Bowen. He looks reasonably concerned at West Ham’s inability to get out of their own half.
9 min: Jonny shovels a pass down the right for Semedo, who with a better first touch would be striding into the area, preparing to shoot. But that first touch lets him down. Wolves look confident.
8 min: Jonny advances down the inside-right channel and sends a speculative shot towards the bottom left. Fabianski turns out for another corner. Nothing comes of that, either, but Wolves have already done a job of silencing the home crowd.
7 min: Jonny and Semedo combine well down the right. The former slings in a cross that’s easily cleared, but Wolves are beginning to press West Ham back now.
5 min: Ait-Nouri backheels down the left for Guedes, who releases Nunes into the box. Nunes drops a shoulder to evade Kehrer, who slides away hysterically, but then slices a woeful shot away from goal when faced with a not particularly tight angle. That was a great chance.
4 min: Nothing comes from the set piece.
3 min: Podence pearls a shot goalwards from the best part of 30 yards. It’s on target, and Fabianski is forced to tip over for a corner.
2 min: Scamacca chests down a long pass and looks to turn. Kilman is all over him like a limpet and refuses to cede ground. A reasonably fast, direct start from the hosts.
West Ham get the ball rolling. They launch it long, and Wolves don’t look particularly sure of themselves when clearing. Bowen dribbles into the box from the right and is barged over by Nunes. He wants a 50-second penalty, but he’s not getting one, the coming together ruled fair.
The teams are out! Both teams are in their first-choice clobber. West Ham wear claret and blue, Wolves old gold. Pretty bubbles in the air. We’ll be off once most of them fade and die.
David Moyes has a chat with Sky Sports. “We’re glad to be back home. Hopefully that helps us. We’re looking for better performances. Probably there’s a little break-up of the team. We’re changing it round a bit and it’ll take a while to settle. But we’re well aware we need to get some results.”
Sky ask Bruno Lage about Diego Costa. “My team is completely different with a striker in the team. It was two weeks very good, the way he trained and the people around him, especially the wingers, play with him. But in the end we need to understand there are more games in front. But it’s a good sign and good news that we can have a striker in our squad today.”
West Ham make three changes to the starting XI named for the 1-0 defeat at Everton. Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet and Craig Dawson take the places of Michail Antonio, Vladimir Coufal and Pablo Fornals, who all drop to the bench.
Wolves make one change to the XI sent out for the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City. Nathan Collins, sent off in that match, is suspended, so Nelson Semedo takes his place. New signing Diego Costa, who left Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in January, starts on the bench.
West Ham United: Fabianski, Dawson, Zouma, Kehrer, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Cornet, Scamacca.
Subs: Coufal, Fornals, Antonio, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Emerson Palmieri.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Jonny, Kilman, Ait Nouri, Matheus Luiz, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Goncalo Guedes.
Subs: Boubacar Traore, Sarkic, Mosquera, Gomes, Ronan, Costa, Adama Traore, Bueno, Campbell.
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).
West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are respectively 17th and 18th in the table. They’re the joint lowest scorers in the Premier League so far this season with just three goals in seven games. The Hammers haven’t won at home in six; Wolves have won just once on the road in 14 trips.
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Thing is, both sides are capable of much better than this … and both will see this fixture as the perfect opportunity to kick-start their season. West Ham have won three of their last four matches against Wolves, who in turn have won three of their last six at West Ham. Excitement isn’t quite guaranteed, but it surely won’t be long before one or both of these teams rediscover their mojo. Tonight could be the night. Tonight also may include bonus Diego Costa fun. Kick off is at 5.30pm BST. It’s on!