West Ham secure late 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham

David Moyes’ side bossed the match against the Cottagers, but they were forced to wait until the 91st minute for Tomas Soucek to finally break through

West Ham were on the front foot early on in this one as Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola produced a two brilliant stops from Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen.

With Fulham clinging on in the opening stages they had the woodwork to thank on 10 minutes as Sebastien Haller’s header beat Areola but thumped back off the bar.

After withstanding that early wave of pressure, Fulham did grow into the game before the break as Aleksandr Mitrovic headed wide.

But it was to be the hosts that retook control after the break as Areola launched an early contender for save of the season.

Aaron Creswell’s drive free kick flew over the wall but the Frenchman produced an outrageous stop to tip into onto the bar.

Scott Parker’s side once again began to tiptoe into the game in the final 20 as Ademola Lookman and Bobby Reid tested Lukasz Fabianksi.

However, just as the game looked to be creeping towards a disappointing goalless draw, Soucek popped up in the right place at the right time in the Fulham box.

Haller’s cross was only half cleared by Fulham and Said Benrahma poked a pass into the Czech international and he confidently stroked home into the bottom corner.

But continuing the theme of last gasp drama, Fulham were handed a 95th minute penalty.

Mitrovic stepped aside to let Lookman take responsibility from the spot, but his limp Panenka was casually saved by Fabianksi, with Parker left fuming on the touchline.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Fulham 0

West Ham outclass Leicester City in 3-1 King Power Stadium win

Despite being the underdogs at King Power Stadium, goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen secured all three points and a bad day at the office for Brendan Rodgers.

With neither side able to gain a foothold in the early stages, Antonio’s opener was the first effort on target.

Aaron Creswell’s cross drifted over a line of Foxes defenders, and Antonio peeled off at the back post to head past Kasper Schmeichel.

But if Leicester’s defence were caught short for West Ham’s first goal, they were completely AWOL for the second.

Creswell’s clearance caught them too high up the pitch, and Fornals raced on and on and fired past Schmeichel.

With the Foxes unable to drag themselves into it after the break, the Hammers pushed for a third, as Declan Rice rattled the crossbar.

The visitors did finally secure three goals and three points in the closing stages, as Bowen slotted home Fornals through ball.

FULL TIME AT THE KING POWER STADIUM IT’S LEICESTER CITY 0 WEST HAM 3

Aston Villa set for Premier League relegation decider at West Ham

This fixture could easily have been a relegation showdown on the final day, but West Ham’s recent revival means the Hammers already safe.

For Villa, a crucial win over Arsenal last time out, alongside Watford’s defeat to Manchester City, means they move out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

Villa must better Watford’s result at Arsenal – in both points and goals – if Dean Smith’s want to preserve their Premier League position.

Any two of Watford, Bournemouth or Aston Villa face the drop going into Sunday – and a Villa win is vital to offer the best chance of survival.

Smith will be without long term absentees Wesley, Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and Ahmed Elmohamady through injury, but Neil Taylor could be fit in time to play, with the Welsh international set for a late fitness test.

West Ham meanwhile have the pressure off this weekend, with David Moyes set to rotate his side, in the likely absence of Robert Snodgrass, Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Creswell against Villa.

West Ham United v Aston Villa at the London Stadium is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.