Antonio strikes again as Hammers deal blow to West Brom survival bid

Antonio, who scored the only goal of the game against Burnley at the weekend, struck again as the Hammers climbed to seventh following a 2-1 win.

The controversy started however before a ball was kicked with the omission of Robert Snodgrass from the West Brom squad. The Scot had impressed in the Baggies 3-2 victory over Wolves at the weekend but was left a spectator because of an agreement between his new employers and the Hammers with the Premier League now reportedly “looking into” the matter.

The story on the pitch was better for West Ham who had plenty of the ball in the first half but struggled to breakdown Allardyce’s defensive line.

Craig Dawson perhaps should have opened the scoring against his former side but planted a free header wide at the far post from a corner and just when the first half was meandering towards a goalless conclusion, Vladimir Coufal burst into the area from the right.

The Czech full-back drilled in a cross which Bowen, with little time to react, managed to divert in with his chest from four yards out.

Early in the second half Lukasz Fabianski kept out Conor Gallagher’s angled shot, but moments later the Poland keeper was beaten. West Ham’s defence backed off Pereira as he reached the edge of the box and the Brazilian winger made them pay with a low shot which arrowed into the bottom corner drawing the game level – despite calls from the West Ham defence that Gallagher was interfering with play in an offside position.

West Ham continued to press for the winner and it arrived on the 65th minute when Aaron Cresswell’s cross found the head of substitute Andriy Yarmolenko. His header back into the danger zone was heading behind Antonio but he twisted his body well to hook the ball in from six yards out.

The Baggies rallied late on with a series of freekicks pumped high into the West Ham area but they came to nothing and West Ham win their first four fixtures in a calendar year for the first time since 1958 whilst West Brom remain 5 points from safety in the Premier League.

West Ham United 2 – 1 West Bromich Albion.

West Ham fight back to secure 2-2 draw with Brighton

Neither side covered themselves in defensive glory in the capital as errors at both ends led to an exciting climax.

It was the visitors that dominated the first 45 minutes, with Danny Welbeck lashing an effort past the post, before Neil Maupay edged them in front before the break.

Dan Burn’s low cross caused problems in the Hammers box and Maupay stay alert to fire past Lukasz Fabianksi.

David Moyes threw on Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini after the break and the pair combined superbly to set up Ben Johnson’s first ever senior goal for the club.

Yarmolenko’s clever ball released Lanzini inside the area and his cutback was cushioned home by Johnson.

But despite growing into the ascendency in the final 20, West Ham shot themselves in the foot, as Lewis Dunk hauled Brighton back in front.

Solly March’s whipped cross caught the Hammers defence fast asleep from a corner and Dunk wriggled free to blast home.

But in the spirit of the season Potter’s team returned the favour to Moyes with another defensive clanger as Tomas Soucek powered home for a point.

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Premier League: Leeds vs West Ham United

With almost a quarter of the season gone in a flash, both sides will be happy with where they find themselves after 11 games, with the Hammers heading into the game in eighth place, a position that they’d be thrilled to hold on to until the season’s end.

West Ham’s turnaround after a tough start to the season has been impressive, and David Moyes will lock horns with Marcelo Bielsa knowing that a win could take them fifth before their rivals play.

Speaking of Bielsa, the likeable Argentinian coach took the unusual step of naming his full Leeds team to play West Ham during Thursday’s press conference after being asked whether he had any surprises in store for Moyes.

The former Marseille manager reeled off his XI, which includes Luke Ayling at centre-back alongside Liam Cooper in place of Robin Koch, who will miss the next three months through injury, with summer signing Rodrigo starting in midfield.

Other than that, the Whites will be unchanged from the side that lost 3-1 to Chelsea last weekend. Patrick Bamford described Frank Lampard’s side as the best he’s faced this season, and will continue to lead the line as he looks to notch his ninth goal of an impressive season so far.

For the travelling Irons, top scorer Michail Antonio will miss out with a thigh injury picked up recently, so Sebastien Haller is likely to continue in his absence. There’s more positive news in the shape of Ryan Fredericks though, as the right-back should make the squad after a groin strain.

Andriy Yarmolenko is regaining fitness after contracting coronavirus, and should also be involved after missing the defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

Leeds United take on West Ham at Elland Road on Friday, December 11th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Sheffield United vs West Ham

This time last season, the Blades were sitting comfortably in 13th in the table having taken nine points from their first eight games. Fast forward just over a year and Chris Wilder’s side are having a tougher time of it, propping up the table with just one point.

There have been some signs of improvement lately though, taking the lead against Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks before succumbing to the Premier League powerhouses, while a 1-0 defeat at home to Man City can hardly be considered a disaster.

There’s mixed injury news for Wilder coming into the weekend, with Lys Mousset, John Fleck and Enda Stevens all in with a chance of making the squad after injuries. The Blades boss says he will give the bunch as much time as possible to make it.

Rhian Brewster should be OK after muscular tightness, and Ethan Ampadu is back after missing the game against his parent club last time out.

John Egan was taken off during Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to England last week and was showing signs of concussion, so he’ll be a late call on whether he’ll be involved, while Jack O’Connell is likely out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

As for West Ham, David Moyes says Michail Antonio is back in training after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, and will be given as much time as he needs before making a decision on his selection. Seb Haller is in line to continue in his absence if he’s left out.

Angelo Ogbonna was substituted early against Fulham last time out with a knock, but should retain his place in the Hammers defence on Sunday after recovering.

Andriy Yarmolenko tested positive for COVID while away with Ukraine last week and is expected to miss out while following isolation protocol.

Other than him, David Moyes has a fully fit squad to choose from and is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that edged past Fulham before the break.

Said Benrahma is set to continue his cameo role from the bench as he waits for his first Hammers start, while Mark Noble may join him after recovering from a rib injury.

West Ham can move into the top half of the table with a win, while the Blades will be hoping their first win of the season can move them out of the relegation zone.

Mark Hughes tips Ryan Giggs to take over Manchester United job in future

Hughes claimed Giggs has now demonstrated his managerial talent with the Welsh national side, and he could be on the list of future replacements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Giggs worked under Louis Van Gaal at the club for two seasons before the Dutchman was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

He opted to leave following Mourinho’s arrival, taking a two-year sabbatical before taking up his role with Wales.

But despite never managing in the top-flight, Hughes believes a strong showing in next summer’s European Championships could put Giggs name in the frame to replace Ole in 2021.

Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Clarets chasing West Ham forward

The 22-year-old has stiff competition for the forward positions at the London Stadium, with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jarrod Bowen all standing between him and a regular first team berth.

David Moyes is unlikely to find much use for the highly-rated Holland, who was loaned out to League One side Oxford United last season.

All signs point to a Hammers departure for the player, who is said to be of interest to Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

The Clarets have made a habit of picking up good talent on the cheap in recent seasons, a modus operandi which has been deployed to great effect, with Burnley securing a top-half Premier League finish last campaign.

With West Ham keen on Brentford’s Said Benrahma, Holland’s Irons exit looks all the more imminent, although a decision is yet to be made.

However, if Burnley are to secure the winger’s services, they will have to fend off interest from Bournemouth, Brighton, QPR and a host of other Championship sides claims @ExWHUemployee on Twitter.

West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa: Villa secure Premier League survival at West Ham

With Watford losing away at Arsenal, Dean Smith’s side have survived by the skin of their teeth in a dramatic final 15 minutes at the London Stadium.

The tension was palpable right from kick off in East London, with the Villa bench spending much of the game checking for updates elsewhere.

Villa did create more in a nervy first half, with Mbwana Samatta testing Lukasz Fabianksi.

But as the nerves began to creep up after the break, Villa allowed the Hammers back into the game, as Michail Antonio wasted a brilliant chance.

Skipper Jack Grealish did look to have had ahead his Roy of the Rovers moment, as he fired home John McGinn’s pass with five to go.

But Villa fans have learnt to things the hard way this season, as Grealish deflected home Andriy Yarmolenko’s strike for an instant equaliser.

Dean Smith was torn between his team and his tablet in the closing minutes, but in the end, his side and just just enough to hold on.

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