Southampton and West Ham battle 0-0 Premier League draw

Both sides created chances to win it, but with no real cutting edge at either end, a draw will go down as fair.

With the game bogged down in midfield in the first 45 minutes, Ryan Fredericks’ header went down as the game’s first meaningful chance.

With Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl missing from the touchline, the hosts were unable to really get themselves going after the break, it was West Ham that created the better chances to win it.

In form Tomas Soucek proved again what a handful he can be as the Czech star brought a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

But just as the game looked to drifting off towards a complete, Said Benrahma was presented with a golden opportunity inside the box, but McCarthy spread himself to preserve his clean sheet.

Full Time at the St.Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 0 West Ham 0

Premier League Preview: West Ham United v Brighton

The Hammers have seen their form tail off in December with David Moyes winning just once this month.

But despite that indifferent run of results, Moyes is like to keep faith with the bulk of his stars against the Seagulls with Said Benrahma the only likely change.

As for Brighton, Graham Potter’s team have slipped down to the brink of the drop zone of late and the visitors are in desperate need of a result here.

Goals have been the real issue for Potter over the last run of matches, and he could bring Danny Welbeck in from the start.

But it’s bad news for flying full back Tariq Lamptey who misses with a thigh problem.

And Kick Off in this one is at 2.15pm on December 27th at the London Stadium.

West Ham ride luck in 2-1 win vs Aston Villa

The Hammers have made their best start to a season since they moved to the London Stadium four years ago but won’t have many fond memories from this lacklustre display other than the three points they take from the match.

A missed penalty from Ollie Watkins and a disallowed goal courtesy of VAR could easily have swung the result the other way but as it stands two goals, early in each half, was enough to seal the win for David Moyes.

West Ham started well with a goal inside the first two minutes of the game when Ogbonna headed home from a Jared Bowen corner after Tomas Soucek’s early shot was deflected wide.

Villa slowly grew into the game with Ezri Konsa heading over and Conor Hourihane tested Lucas Fabianski with a tasty free-kick before Jack Grealish levelled things up on 25mins with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

With West Ham offering little in the half outside of the goal, David Moyes rang the changes at half time hooking the returning Michael Antonio and Arthur Masuaku in favour of Sebastian Haller and Said Benrahma – the latter of which set up what turned out to be the winning goal within 30 seconds of the restart – swinging in a pinpoint cross with his right foot that was met by the head of Jared Bowen to net.

Aston Villa responded with Ollie Watkins laying a guilt edge opportunity on a plate for Trezeguet who somehow found Lucas Fabianski’s outstretched arm when it would have been easier to score.
Watkins then had the opportunity to score himself after Declan Rice was adjudged to have fouled Trezeguet in the box for the slightest pull on the Egyptians shirt but instead, Watkins missed the resuting penalty kick, striking the crossbar high to the keepers right.

The summer signing from Brentford thought he had rescued a point for the Midlands outfit in stoppage time as he tapped home Matt Targett’s cross but the VAR officials thought otherwise judging the striker to be marginally offside and handing West Ham a third straight win that takes them above Manchester City, Manchester United, Wolves and Southampton in the table.

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

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And there could be a boost in the shape of Gareth Bale returning to full fitness, as the Welshman has been in full training during the break. Mourinho has said that he could feature on Sunday, likely from the bench.

Eric Dier missed England’s game with Denmark on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and needs to be assessed, with Toby Alderweireld on standby to deputise. Giovanni Lo Celso will miss the game through injury, as will Japhet Tanganga.

West Ham will welcome back David Moyes to the touchline after he missed the last two games quarantining after contracting COVID-19, and he’ll be hoping to carry on the winning streak after Alan Irvine oversaw two wins against Wolves and Leicester in his absence.

Moyes has said he’s feeling fine and he’s happy with how dangerous his side look, after a poor start to the season which saw them lose to Newcastle and Arsenal before turning things around.

Arthur Masuaku, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are all doubtful for the Hammers, with Vladimir Coufal likely to continue at right-back in place of Fredericks after a solid debut.

There was frustration in the transfer market as Said Benrahma’s move from Brentford collapsed after a failed medical on Friday, meaning the club will go until at least January with a winger less than they started the season with, after Felipe Anderson left for Porto earlier this month.

Brentford forward Said Benrahma on West Ham shopping list

With the Hammers said to have agreed a fee reaching £18m with West Bromwich Albion for highly-rated 22-year-old Grady Diangana, David Moyes is understood to be targeting Brentford’s Benrahma as a replacement.

The move to take Diangana to West Brom, where he spent last season on loan, has been met with a mixed reaction from Irons fans, with many feeling the England U21 international deserved more of a chance at the London Stadium.

That said, few Hammers will be disappointed at the prospect of the arrival of the Bees’ Said Benrahma, who like Diangana shone in the Championship last season.

The West London club ultimately came up short in their attempt to reach the Premier League, but nevertheless there are plenty of suitors for their star assets, including the 25-year-old.

With 17 strikes in all competitions for Brentford last season, Benrahma is hot property, with West Ham reportedly set to battle it out with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace for the Algerian’s signature.

Brentford are all too aware of striker’s importance and have set a lofty price tag of £25m for the player, some reports suggest.

In a transfer market expected to be erratic due to the nature of football finance right now, that fee seems a big risk to take on a player who has never played Premier League football.

However, West Ham haven’t been afraid to splash big cash in recent years, and also have a penchant for flair players – Benrahma fits that description nicely.