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There was one game in the Premier League last night between West Ham and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground, which was both teams game in hand, and it turned out to be a real treat for fans and neutrals a like with loads of end to end action and five goals in total.

The Hammers took the lead after 10 minutes when Lanzini was given way too much space down the left and his well-placed cut back found Sakho free in the United area and he made no mistake firing past de Gea in to the bottom right hand corner.

The Hammers kept the score line the same until five minutes in to the second half when they were caught napping from a long de Gea goal kick. Rashford latched on to the loose ball down the right, laid it on for the overlapping Mata, who squared for Martial on the edge of the Hammers six yard box, and the young French striker made no mistake effortlessly sweeping the ball past Randolph.

United were ahead 25 minutes later when Rooney pounced on a loose ball in his own half, broke quickly and released Rashford, who found Martial free down the left, and the young French striker surged in the West Ham area and brilliantly fooled Randolph at his near post finishing from the tightest of angles.

However, the Hammers would have the last laugh and say in the match and they found themselves in the lead after a brilliant four minute spell. First up, Dimity Payet’s perfectly weighted floated ball found Antonio in acres of space on the edge of the six yard box and the young England midfielder’s bullet header left de Gea with no chance of saving.

Four minutes later the winner came courtesy of another dangerous ball in to the box from Payet and this time it was defender Winston Reid who reacted quickest and while his header was directed straight at de Gea the young Spanish keeper could not react quickly enough and he could only guide the ball in to his own net.

Tonight there are three games in the Premier League, including two crunch relegation encounters involving Sunderland and Norwich. Sunderland host Everton and a win will guarantee their Premier League survival, and doom Norwich and Newcastle to relegation. While if Norwich beat Watford at Carrow Road tonight and Sunderland lose, the Canaries will move level on points with Newcastle, a point behind the Blackcats, and everything will rest on Sunday’s final games of the season.

From a betting perspective the Sunderland and Norwich games are sure to be highly entertaining and filled with plenty of drama and probably controversy at some stage, but given what’s at stake and with emotions running high it’s difficult to make a confident prediction. The tie between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield does appeal from a betting perspective. Liverpool will look at this as a good test leading up to their Europa League final and will also enjoy heaping further misery on Chelsea after a disappointing season.

I’m confident of a Liverpool victory and goals, as there’s plenty of high quality attacking players available for both teams and it should be a fairly open end to end encounter given there is nothing at stake in terms of the league for both teams. The Liverpool win and Over 2.5 Goals and/or Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals bets should both land at decent odds.


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