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AT HALF: Cresswell’s sensational free kick keeps West Ham in it

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Manchester City has been having its way with West Ham United, but it hasn’t stopped the Irons from putting up a pretty thing for the home fans.

Aaron Cresswell brought forth the bubbles at the London Stadium with a sensation swooping free kick that left Ederson’s dive pushing air and adding to the aesthetics.

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What a goal, which unfortunately came after West Ham was the last team to touch two shots into its own goal.

It’s 2-1 City at the break, with the visitors’ second goal standing as their 100th for the season.

West Ham 2-1 West Brom: Big Andy leads comeback win

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  • Carroll scores first goals since April 1, 2017
  • First brace since Jan. 21, 2017
  • McClean scores for Baggies
  • West Brom winless since August
  • West Ham out of the drop zone

Unique hairstyles and towering headers: That’s what Andy Carrol does, and the big Englishman beat Ben Foster twice to keep West Bromwich Albion winless since August following a 2-1 loss to West Ham United at the London Stadium.

James McClean put the Baggies ahead, but the lead would not last and West Brom remains in the drop zone with 16 points, five points behind the 15th place Hammers.

The match was also notable for an ugly incident in which West Brom’s Jake Livermore, incensed by something in the crowd, climbed into the stands.

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West Ham came flying out of the gate, with plenty of pressure down the right and an early Manuel Lanzini yellow card, but the visitors came closest to opening the scoring on an audacious Salomon Rondon chip that just passed the cross bar.

The Irons took five of the first six shots, but the Baggies scored the opener when Rondon set up James McClean on a counter attack. Alan Pardew‘s Baggies had a look at their first win since August.

West Brom was cagey in pursuit of the win, and the Irons’ central midfield had problems with the Baggies’ superior numbers.

Carroll had trouble getting free up top, but the Baggies gave him an opening in the 59th minute. He hammered a Cresswell cross to the left of Foster to make it 1-1 in the 59th.

Arnautovic was denied by a charging Foster, and Angelo Ogbonna then made a timely intervention after Oliver Burke beat him for pace to a delightful through ball from Rondon.

Yet Carroll was there deep into stoppage time to send bubbles into the air when he hammered a shot behind Foster from an acute angle after an Arnautovic cross eluded Javier Hernandez.

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Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Liverpool

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  • Hammers 4-2-2 in last 8 vs. Reds
  • Liverpool won last tilt 4-0
  • Reds lead all-time 69W-37D-28L

Liverpool looks to build on a pair of clean sheets when it visits the London Stadium to face Slaven Bilic and desperate West Ham United on Saturday (Watch live at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds blanked Huddersfield Town last weekend before shutting out Maribor in the UEFA Champions League. West Ham has scored more freely than either opponent this season.

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The Irons haven’t won in three-straight Premier League matches, but did pick up a significant League Cup win over Spurs last week. That win made a late concession to draw Crystal Palace on Saturday sting even more.

Klopp said Philippe Coutinho is out but Sadio Mane may be able to come off the bench. Georginio Wijnaldum could also make an appearance if need be.

What they’re saying

West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell on rebounding from Palace““We know it’s frustrating at times. If you’re a fan sitting there you can understand why and we certainly fully understand. We need to come together as one. We’ve been working hard week in and week out to put it right. We want to generate that atmosphere, against a team like Liverpool, and put it right.”

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp on who will take the next pen“I really understand it’s a big story but in the past it is not to change. We will never try to get penalties, but when we have them in future we will score from the penalty spot, 100 per cent. We only have to make sure [we are] not getting this story all over the season because it’s a good opportunity to score when you have a penalty. The boys are all able to do it. As I said, (Milner’s) penalty was really, really good, but it was a brilliant save and that’s something we have to respect as well.”

Prediction

If West Ham’s men are still playing for their boss, they stand a good chance at getting a point or better against a banged up Liverpool. If the effort’s there, the Hammers just may scoot away with a 2-1 win.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United: Deeney, Ayew trade goals

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  • Zarate gives away quick PK
  • Deeney converts
  • Ayew equalizes

Andre Ayew tapped in after Michail Antonio struck two posts with one shot, as West Ham scored a well-deserved equalizer in drawing Watford 1-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Troy Deeney converted a penalty for Watford, who lost ex-West Ham man Mauro Zarate to a serious-looking knee injury in the first half.

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Watford earned a penalty within two minutes, as Troy Deeney played Mauro Zarate into the box and Cheikhou Kouyate took down the Argentine. Deeney beat Darren Randolph and it was quickly 1-0 to the hosts.

The Hornets continued to dominate the proceedings before West Ham saw a terrific chance in the 18th minute, with Robert Snodgrass‘ shot deflected out.

The Hammers had the better of play for a spell before a long delay when Zarate suffered a serious knee injury that stretched the first half into 10 minutes of stoppage time.

West Ham came close to answering several times in the second half, but was either a shade off or denied by Heurelho Gomes. The ex-Spurs backstop flew to deny Jose Fonte’s 62nd minute header.

And Michail Antonio nodded Aaron Cresswell‘s inviting cross wide of the near post in the 69th minute.

Antonio was the catalyst for the equalizer, curling a shot off both posts that went right to substitute Ayew. He finished. 1-1.

A second yellow card came Antonio’s way in the 86th minute, as the Irons would have to finish the away match down a man.

Isaac Success nearly won it for Watford on the doorstep just before the final whistle.

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England adds pair of uncapped Premier Leaguers as injury replacements

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West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell and Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford were called into the England squad for matches against Scotland and Spain to replace a pair of players forced to withdraw due to injury.

Danny Drinkwater and Fraser Forster pulled out of the squad due to various injuries. It’s an especially brutal blow to Drinkwater, who is still waiting for his first competitive cap after he was a late cut to the Euro 2016 squad. Drinkwater was also at fault for the decisive goal in a 2-1 loss to West Brom on Sunday that broke Leicester City’s 20-match home Premier League unbeaten streak. The 26-year-old’s injury is unknown, as Leicester City included him in a list of squad players taking part in international duty just three hours before his withdrawal from the England squad was announced.

With Drinkwater absent, England manager Gareth Southgate took the liberty of dumping a midfielder and instead adding Cresswell as cover for Danny Rose, whose availability is still up in the air after appearing hampered by a knock late in the North London Derby on Sunday, although he stayed in for the full 90 minutes.

The 26-year-old West Ham defender does not have a cap previously and now has received his first England call-up. Cresswell only just returned from injury for the Hammers, having missed the first seven matches of the Premier League season with a knee problem. He was sent off for a pair of yellow cards in his return, but has come back from suspension to play the full 90 minutes in the club’s two most recent games. Cresswell was selected ahead of Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, who has 10 caps but has played just an outside role in Arsenal’s setup this season.

Black Cats netminder Jordan Pickford will also get a shot at his first cap, having been called up to replace Southampton goalkeeper Forster. With Joe Hart‘s position as the number one shakier than ever, Forster was thought to be a true combatant for the starting position, but will miss out on the upcoming matches due to an undisclosed injury that Southampton labeled “slight” in an official release.

Sunderland has been forced to fend off a number of top clubs interested in Pickford over the last few years, and after five separate loan spells, he has finally cemented himself as a Premier League starter. The 22-year-old Black Cats goalkeeper has been involved in the England setup before, but he was an unused substitute for a qualifier against Slovenia last month