This weekend sees an in form Wolves side led by Kenny Jackett travel to Premier League West Ham United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
After a change in fortune in the Sky Bet Championship which has seen Wolves win their last 3 league games, without conceding a goal in the process, Jackett will be confident they can come away from Upton Park with at least a replay to show.
West Ham, on the other hand, continue to show inconsistent form. Slaven Bilic is expected to welcome some important players back to the squad over the course of January, and may see this tie as a springboard to a run of positive results.
They are actually undefeated in 6 games, but have only managed to turn 2 of those in to victories. The Upton Park outfit will see the FA Cup as a serious chance to attain some silverware, after last winning the competition back in 1980.
Here are THREE things to look out for in the match:
1) Andy Carroll
Carroll has found form of late scoring in his last 2 games, and he will be hoping to use the clash against opposition from the league below to boost this tally further.
On his day, Carroll can be unplayable, and the Wolves defence will have to be on top form to deal with the big man.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping he finds Carroll in the mood as he looks to guide The Hammers to the fourth round of the cup.
2) Dimitri Payet’s return
Before getting injured last year, Payet was one of the form players in the Premier League.
With his injury problems now seemingly behind him, Payet may indeed get his first start since that problem in the FA Cup. Bilic will be keen to build Payets fitness and get him some competitive minutes under his belt.
If Payet can get anywhere near the form he was showing at the start of the season, then Wolves could have a real job on their hands stopping the playmaker.
3) Jordan Graham
The young winger has burst on to the scene this season with a string of eye catching performances and has been touted as a real one to watch for the remaining months of the season.
Graham notched his first senior goal against Charlton at the end of December, and Ian Holloway picked him out as his one to watch during Sky’s 10 games in 10 days feature.
His lightning pace and confidence when running at defenders could prove crucial in this game if Wolves are to come away from Upton Park with a positive result.
West Ham and Wolves fans…What are your predictions for the match? Can West Ham progress to the latter stages? Will Wolves pull off an FA Cup shock? Let us know what you think in the comments below!