Premier League Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. West Ham United

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Updated: January 7, 2014
Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Match Date: 11 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

 

Cardiff City

While losing aplenty in the Premier League, Cardiff City were put to ecstatic mode after accomplishing a victory at the FA Cup over Newcastle United 1-2. This serves a buffer to their very poor English top-tier football form, and a compensatory finish for their embarrassing opening for 2014 (a defeat from Arsenal 2-0).

 

Just lying outside the relegation zone, The Bluebirds must widen their gap from Crystal Palace—who are only one point below the former’s total score. New coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s main task is to tone down his squad’s inconsistency, which was left hanging in the cliff by former coach Malky Mackay. They have already succumbed to their opponents in half of the league’s 20 fixtures. Their victories only count at four, and draws at six.

 

West Ham United

At risk of relegation, West Ham United are in dire need of victories. Their last seven matches in the Premier League were all disappointment, although two of these fixtures were sources of two points. Their appalling form resonates way beyond the English top-flight competition; their latest battle, at the FA Cup, the side were also heavily trounced by Nottingham Forest that they went home empty-handed whilst conceding five goals to their rivals.

 

The Hammers have landed in the bottom three for several occasions now, agonizing on deep wounds inflicted by 11 defeats and only three wins (plus six draws). Sam Allardyce’s men also struggle with pitch carelessness and volatile temper.  The side’s captain, Kevin Nolan, booked a second dismissal in just a one-month period after he kicked Fernando Amorebieta in their fixture with Fulham (the latter eventually won the match).

 

Football betting tip: Facing an inspired and ready-for-retaliation squad (not to mention a new expert on the driver’s seat), West Ham United will have to settle on another loss. Cardiff City could create numerous chances in this match and their conversion skills will be enough to obtain all the three points.

 

Cardiff City new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær | Image source: BBC