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West Ham 4-1 Watford: Irons smash Watford to finish season in style (video)

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  • Noble scores twice
  • West Ham finish with 52 points
  • Holebas red card in 48th minute
  • Watford suffer major loss before cup final

On the same day his former club won its second-straight title, Manuel Pellegrini had himself a great end of the season as well. West Ham routed ten-man Watford, 4-1, at Vicarage Road, finishing the season with 52 points and securely in mid-table in the Premier League standings. It was West Ham’s third consecutive win to finish the season, following victories over Tottenham and Southampton.

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West Ham captain Mark Noble scored twice while Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini each added one of their own in the road victory. Meanwhile, Gerard Deolufeo scored the lone goal for Watford, though he had to be substituted midway through the second half on suspicion of injury. It was a rough end of the season for Watford, which now prepares for the FA Cup final a week from today.

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West Ham was in the ascendancy early in the first half, and it showed as the Irons got on the board first. Combining with Michail Antonio, Noble passed through the heart of midfield before running at Watford’s defense in the 15th minute. Noble then cut back to his left foot and slotted a strike home, past Ben Foster to put West Ham up 1-0.

Antonio again played a role in his side’s second goal, as he battled with Watford’s Craig Cathcart and Kiko before squirming free. Despite being off balance, Antonio’s strike clattered off the bar. Luckily for West Ham, it went right into the path of the wide-open Lanzini, who headed into an open net.

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Javi Gracia‘s halftime team talk must have worked because Watford came out with more intensity and fight in the second half. The hosts used a bit of luck as well to cut the lead in half and for the moment, get back into the game.

A poor back pass from Pablo Zabaleta, perhaps with some of his mind on how his former Manchester City teammates were doing, put Fabian Balbuena and Lukasz Fabianski in no-mans land. Deulofeu, who had a quiet first half, ran down the ball, poked it past Fabianski and scored to make it 2-1 just 20 seconds into the second half.

However, Watford’s hopes to secure a point took a big hit two minutes later. With Antonio through on goal, Jose Holebas pulled him down just outside the box, leading to a straight red card for the denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.

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West Ham poured it on as the second half went on, with Jack Wilshere seeing minutes in the second half and Noble and Arnautovic scoring to make it a 4-1 scoreline.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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One game to go in the 2018-19 season, and the cream has been rising to the top in the Premier League.

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Players from Liverpool, Man City, Wolves and Everton dominate our list, as plenty of their stars have finished the season in fine fashion.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – Up 1
  2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – New entry
  3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 1
  4. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Up 5
  5. Vincent Kompany (Man City) – New entry
  6. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 5
  7. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Even
  8. Richarlison (Everton) – New entry
  9. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – Up 1
  10. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – Up 7
  11. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Down 5
  12. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Down 1
  13. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – New entry
  14. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – New entry
  15. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 3
  16. James Maddison (Leicester) – Down 2
  17. Lucas Digne (Everton) – Down 2
  18. Mark Travers (Bournemouth) – New entry
  19. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Down 3
  20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Down 17

West Ham smash Saints (video)

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  • Arnautovic scores twice
  • Back-to-back wins for West Ham
  • 4 games without a win for Saints

West Ham eased by Southampton 3-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday, as the Hammers continued to end the season with a flourish.

Marko Arnautovic struck in each half to put West Ham in control, and Ryan Fredericks added another late on to seal the win. Southampton were better in the second half, but were second best for large spells of this game.

With the win West Ham are in 11th on 49 points, while Saints remain in 16th on 38 points.

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Early on Saints had plenty of the play and Stuart Armstrong fired over after a good ball from Ings.

But West Ham took the lead after a horrible mistake from Yan Valery. The young defender passed the ball inside to Mark Noble who set up Arnautovic to slot home and made it 1-0.

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Buoyed by that early goal, West Ham pinned Saints back and forced Fraser Forster (making his first appearance since December 2017) into a smart stop.

Forster then denied Michail Antonio from distance as the Hammers dominated the first half and deservedly led.

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Nathan Redmond came on at half time and was in right away but his shot was blocked. And Redmond’s effort from a corner was then blocked as Saints pushed hard for an equalizer.

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Lukasz Fabianski then tipped Redmond’s shot over the bar but then West Ham sealed the win. Arthur Masuaku‘s cross was punched out by Forster but the ball rebounded back to Arnautovic who nodded into an empty net to score his and West Ham’s second.

The Hammers took care of the Saints with minimum fuss as Jack Wilshere, on as a sub, flicked the ball into Ryan Fredericks’ path and the right back finished to make it 3-0.

Arnautovic almost wrapped up his hat trick late on but curled just wide, as West Ham eased to victory and Southampton showed how much work Ralph Hasenhuttl has to do over the summer after they survived relegation.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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The penultimate weekend of the Premier League season is almost here. And there are some clubs and players absolutely flying in the final weeks of the 2018-19 campaign.

[ MORE: Full Power Rankings archive ]

Players from Liverpool, Man City, Wolves and Leicester dominate our list, as those teams are in fine form right now, along with plenty of new entries in our rankings.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 9
  2. Bernardo Silva (Man City) – Down 1
  3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Up 15
  4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 2
  5. Ryan Babel (Fulham) – New entry
  6. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
  7. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Down 5
  8. Youri Tielemans (Leicester) – New entry
  9. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) –  Down 5
  10. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – New entry
  11. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 5
  12. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 9
  13. Sergio Rico (Fulham) – New entry
  14. James Maddison (Leicester) – New entry
  15. Lucas Digne (Everton) – New entry
  16. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – New entry
  17. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – New entry
  18. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – New entry
  19. Declan Rice (West Ham) – New entry
  20. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – New entry

West Ham stun rivals Tottenham (video)

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  • Antonio scores winner
  • West Ham’s first away win since Dec. 27
  • Tottenham slip up in top 4 battle
  • First defeat at new stadium for Spurs

West Ham United shocked Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday, as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men lost for the first time at their new stadium.

Michail Antonio scored the winner (the first goal by an opposition player at Spurs’ new stadium) in a second half which the Hammers dominated, as Spurs failed to take their chances in the first half and looked sluggish throughout with maybe their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday on their mind.

With the win West Ham move on to 46 points for the season and boost their chances of a top 10 finish, while Spurs could be just one point clear of Arsenal by the end of this weekend.

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The first big chance of the game fell to Spurs, as Dele Alli picked out Son’s run but the South Korean star saw his near-post effort denied by Lukasz Fabianski.

Ryan Fredericks‘ drive from outside the box was denied by Hugo Lloris, as Felipe Anderson then broke free but his tame effort was right at Lloris.

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Lucas Moura flashed a shot inches wide after a sharp turn as the home side pinned the Hammers back before half time.

Fabianski was sharp to deny Eriksen after a shot deflected into his path, with the Hammers a threat on the break as Anderson‘s deflected shot almost caught out Lloris but Spurs dominated the play.

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West Ham started well in the second half as Arnautovic played in Fredericks but his shot was deflected over, while Anderson caused plenty of problems.

Eventually the Hammers scored the goal their second half performance deserved as Arnautovic clipped in a delightful ball to Antonio who controlled well and smashed home to send the away fans wild.

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Arnautovic almost curled in a second for West Ham late on as Spurs struggled to create chances and Antonio was denied a second by Lloris after another searing counter from the Hammers.

Issa Diop then surged in on goal but his shot didn’t have the power to beat Lloris, as it was the visitors, not the home side, who looked most likely to add to their tally.

Vincent Janssen almost rescued a point for Spurs with the final kick of the game, but Fabian Balbuena cleared off the line to secure a big derby win for West Ham.