BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson is expecting West Ham to come away with a surprise win when they face Wolves at the London Stadium this evening.
The former Liverpool defender says he thinks the fact that the Hammers will be playing without their home support could actually benefit them:
“There is often a negative vibe at London Stadium so it is possible that an absence of fans will not hurt West Ham’s chances as much as it might do to other sides.”
“Clearly Wolves have had a much better season but the Hammers are not a bad team on their day, and are better than their position in the table suggests, so I am backing them to spring a bit of a surprise.”
It is a rather strange theory from Lawrenson considering what we know from results in the Bundesliga over the last month. The number of home victories has halved since their return behind closed doors.
The lack of home support doesn’t necessarily hand an advantage to the away side but it does take away any benefit the home team gets from playing in front of their own fans.
Certainly, West Ham supporters won’t mind if their team begins to improve at home during the run-in, but any change in fortunes won’t be down to the club playing their home games in an empty stadium.