West Ham’s (12/1 to finish in the top four) hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League standings were dealt a major blow after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half strike helped Everton to a 1-0 victory at the London Stadium on Sunday.
The Hammers came into the match looking to close the gap on fourth-place Leicester to just two points, but a third defeat in four games leaves their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season hanging by a thread.
Instead, David Moyes side may now face a battle to secure any kind of European football (West Ham 4/11 to finish in the top six), as they remain fifth in the standings, but they are just three points clear of Everton in eighth, with Sunday’s victory firmly reigniting the Toffees’ hopes of continental football for next term.
Carlo Ancelotti’s (pictured) men (20/1 to finish in the top four) also have a game in hand on West Ham and they will visit Aston Villa on Thursday night, while the Hammers will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to The Amex to take on Brighton.
Earlier on Sunday, Manchester United came from behind to beat Villa 3-1 – a victory that once again prolongs Manchester City’s wait to be crowned champions.
Bertrand Traore’s emphatic finish put the hosts in front during the first half at Villa Park, but United, as they have done so many times this season, battled back and Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani were all on target after the restart.
The victory has extended United’s unbeaten away run in the Premier League to 25 matches and they have now all but guaranteed a top-four finish, while the Villans stay 11th and a miserable afternoon was compounded for Dean Smith’s side following Ollie Watkins’ late sending off.
There were also red cards in Sunday’s early kick-off, as Wolves came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 at Molineux, with the visitors ending the match with just nine men.
Captain Lewis Dunk put Brighton in front during the first half, but he was then sent off early in the second, with Wolves capitalising on his dismissal, as Adama Traore first levelled the scores before Morgan Gibbs-White grabbed a dramatic last-minute winner.
Brighton then had striker Neal Maupay sent off after the final whistle and they may still have a little work to do if they are to confirm their top-flight status for another season.