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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Here are today’s teams…

odds

Sky have just shown the odds for Player of the Season.  Mahrez appears to have it wrapped up.

Big chance for West Ham early on.

A Kouyate header from a free kick hits both posts and somehow stays out.

Payet receives the ball inside the box, but his shot goes over.

West Ham have started the better of the two sides.

First half-chance for Leicester.

A free kick is floated in and Huth heads narrowly wide.

14Mins

Meanwhile, in the other game, a much-changed Liverpool have started brightly.

Both Sturridge and Firmino have missed half chances.

18Mins

Better from Bournemouth!

Matt Richie cuts in from the left but his shot goes wide.

20Mins

Advantage Leicester!

Kante plays through Vardy and the England international makes no mistake with a lethal finish.

27Mins

Cook does well to stop Ojo’s solo run, before Randall’s attempt is blocked.

Liverpool are well on top at the moment.

28Mins

West Ham have had 71% possession in the last 10 minutes.

It’s starting to look like Leicester will now be happy to sit back and hold onto their lead.

31Mins

Reid has just been booked for clattering into Okazaki.

However, Fuchs gives it straight back to West Ham with a sloppy pass from the subsequent free kick.

36Mins

It’s been a pretty uneventful last few minutes at Bournemouth.

The game has a bit of an end-of-season feel to it, and it’s perhaps understandable that Liverpool are suffering a bit of a hangover following Thursday night’s heroics.

39Mins

Mahrez curls a free kick in that West Ham do well to defend and clear.

Leicester are looking very threatening from set pieces as usual.

40Mins

Noble gets a booking for a late challenge on Drinkwater.

West Ham are looking quite frustrated owing to Leicester’s clear superiority at the moment.

43Mins

Ibe crosses to Sturridge, whose lovely back-heeled attempt is saved by Boruc, but Firmino is on hand to convert the rebound.

That’s the Brazilian’s 10th goal of the season.

46Mins

Sturridge, who has looked lively, slices a pot shot wide.

It’s the striker’s fourth league start in a row, which is his best run of games for two years.

45Mins

An unmarked Sturridge heads home Ibe’s free kick to double Liverpool’s advantage.

It’s a poor goal to concede from Bournemouth’s viewpoint, but the visitors won’t complain.

45Mins

HALF-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 LIVERPOOL

45Mins

So half-time and Leicester and Liverpool lead.

It’s been a typical performance from the Foxes. They’ve been clinical in front of goal when necessary while staying solid and not really looking like conceding since going ahead.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also done what’s required of them so far against an error-prone Bournemouth side, with good finishes from Firmino and Sturridge putting them in control.

By contrast, the Cherries have already secured their Premier League status for next season, and look like a team who are already on their holidays mentally.

54Mins

Andy Carroll has replaced Pedro Obiang at half-time, as West Ham look to adopt a more direct approach.

This will be an interesting test for Leicester’s backline.

56Mins

Schlupp has replaced Albrighton in what looks  to be a defensive change.

Moments later, Vardy narrowly fails to get on the end of Okazaki’s cross.

59Mins

Jamie Vardy runs through on goal and goes down under a challenge.

The ref gives him a second yellow card for what he considers to be a dive.

It looks harsh judging by the replays.

61Mins

Leicester makes an immediate change in reaction to Vardy’s sending off.

Ulloa, who’ll be expected to run his heart out, comes on for Okazaki.

63Mins

Decent chance for West Ham!

Reid gets on the end of Payet’s cross, and the defender’s flick-on hits the outside of the post.

61Mins

Still 2-0 in Bournemouth-Liverpool.

Max Gradel is replaced by Pugh.

66Mins

Calls for a penalty, as Grabban dribbles towards goal before the ball deflects onto Toure’s hand. It would have been harsh.

Bournemouth are currently enjoying their best spell of the match.

66Mins

Josh King gets in front of Lucas, but his shot is straight at the goalkeeper.

Bournemouth have been really dominant in these last few minutes.

72Mins

Enner Valencia replaces Victor Moses for West Ham.

The Hammers have been a little disappointing today and haven’t tested Leicester’s backline nearly enough.

75Mins

West Ham are throwing bodies forward at will now and launching balls into the box regularly.

15 minutes for Leicester to hang on.

79Mins

A cross is lofted into the box and Ward spills the ball as he attempts to catch it.

Luckily for Liverpool, Brad Smith is on hand to clear it.

Meanwhile, in the other game, Mahrez has been replaced by Amartey.

82Mins

Wes Morgan heads a dangerous ball into the box out for a corner.

Nervy times for Leicester!

82Mins

PENALTY FOR WEST HAM!

82Mins

Wes Morgan is penalised for a tug back on Reid from a corner…

86Mins

Andy Carroll makes no mistake from the spot to equalise.

We’re set for an incredibly tense final five minutes…

88Mins

A cross into the box is only half-cleared and Cresswell fires the ball home brilliantly from the edge of the box.

Leicester must be gutted!

90Mins

Ogbonna’s arms are all over Huth.

The defender goes down but the referee ignores the penalty claims.

90Mins

Lallana sends Sturridge through, and his shot goes narrowly over.

The England international has looked very sharp today.

90Mins

We’re into stoppage time in Leicester…

90Mins

PENALTY FOR LEICESTER!

90Mins

Ulloa keeps his calm to convert a last-minute penalty.

Previously, Schlupp had gone down just inside the area.

King blasts the ball home from the edge of the area to grab a consolation for Bournemouth.

BOURNEMOUTH 1-2 LIVERPOOL (KING 90)

FULL-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 1-2 LIVERPOOL

So a late Ulloa goal rescues Leicester after a couple of controversial refereeing decisions.

The late penalty call was generous, but it’s offset to an extent by Vardy’s harsh sending off.

It’s still a slip-up from Leicester, but they retain their impressive unbeaten run at least.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth was deserved on the balance of play.

While the top four is out of reach, Jurgen Klopp will be satisfied that many of the club’s younger, more inexperienced players have come through a tough test.

Right, that’s all from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and we’ll have more reaction to follow.

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