West Ham United eased the pressure on David Moyes with a 2-0 win at home to relegation rivals Everton on Saturday.
Frank Lampard’s men remain mired in the bottom three and will sink to the foot of the Premier League table if Southampton take a least a point from their delayed 3pm matchup with Aston Villa.
London Stadium was understandably nervy in all corners in the opening stages, with Everton nearly punished by Jarrod Bowen for playing too loosely from the back, but Jordan Pickford was able to clear for the visitors just in time.
Everton wanted a penalty when the ball struck Angelo Ogbonna’s arm in the penalty area, but their appeals were dismissed following a VAR check.
The hosts were struggling to find a clear route to goal early on, with Said Benrahma forcing Pickford into a one-handed save with a thumping strike from distance midway through the first half.
But West Ham managed to notch themselves in front with their first big chance of the game. A cross from Emerson was nodded on by Kurt Zouma and England forward Bowen was on hand to tap in, and the goal was allowed to stand after a lengthy VAR check for offside.
The Hammers should have had a second soon after when Michail Antonio opted to head another beautifully weighted cross from Emerson back across goal instead of towards it with the net gaping.
It wasn’t too long before West Ham doubled their lead, however. Bowen led a counter and set Antonio racing clear down the byline past James Tarkowski, and the Jamaican returned the favour with a cross for the number 20 to tap in from close range once more.
On the stroke of half-time, Alex Iwobi’s strike from 12 yards deflected off Declan Rice and hit the post as Everton looked to mount an improbable comeback.
At the start of the second half, Dominic Calvert-Lewin twice came inches away from meeting deep crosses into the West Ham box but was unable to get a telling touch on either of them.
The visitors were finally starting to click into gear as Idrissa Gueye had a 25-yard strike beaten away by Lukasz Fabianski.
At the other end, Emerson’s strike was diverted onto the crossbar by Pickford at the end of a swift breakaway, while Nayef Aguerd headed narrowly over from the resulting corner.
Declan Rice managed to drive forward from midfield and poke a shot at goal from the edge of the six-yard box, but his effort trickled just wide.
The sizeable travelling contingent chanted ‘sack the board’ – applauded by their hosts – as the clock ran down and West Ham secured three valuable points to climb out of the relegation zone.
GK: Lukasz Fabianski (5); CB: Kurt Zouma (7), CB: Angelo Ogbonna (7), CB: Nayef Aguerd (7); RM: Vladimir Coufal (5), CM: Declan Rice (6), CM: Lucas Paqueta (6), LM: Emerson (7); RF: Jarrod Bowen (9), LF: Said Benrahma (6); CF: Michail Antonio (8)
Subs: Danny Ings (5), Tomas Soucek (5), Flynn Downes (N/A), Ben Johnson (N/A)
Manager: David Moyes – 7/10
GK: Jordan Pickford (6); CB: Yerry Mina (5), CB: Conor Coady (5), CB: James Tarkowski (3); RM: Seamus Coleman (4), CM: Amadou Onana (5), CM: Idrissa Gueye (4), CM: Alex Iwobi (6), LM: Vitaliy Mykolenko (4); CF: Demarai Gray (5), CF: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (4)
Subs: Dwight McNeil (5), Tom Davies (5)
Manager: Frank Lampard – 4/10
Player of the Match – Jarrod Bowen
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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