Premier League Preview: West Ham United vs. Cardiff City

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Updated: August 5, 2013
Premier League Preview - West Ham United vs. Cardiff City

Fresh from their promotion to the Premier League after dominating The Championship, Cardiff City is now arming their best weapons to achieve another objective: to battle out with and win over West Ham United in the UK’s top-tier football competition. The match will be held at The Irons’ home court, The Boleyn Ground, on August 17.
 
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is exhausting all his available resources to recruit experienced players to cement his side’s stay in the top flight division, especially now that their momentum is generally positioning on the right spots. Although Spanish club Levante is posing serious competition to get The Bluebirds’ former member, Ghana international winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Mackay is doing his best to gain back the player. The team’s overall score in The Championship may have provided them a booster, but their most recent Club Friendly matches were otherwise telling a different story. They did win over Forest Green 3-4 but they also made a draw with Cheltenham Town 1-1 and underscored a defeat to Brentford 3-2. Hence, an addition of new but experienced players to the squad will prove crucial.
 
West Ham United, unlike their opponents, seized their previous matches in landslide conquest. Their thunderous victory against Eintracht Braunschweig knocked down manager Sam Allardyce’s angst over his side’s striking dilemma, following Andy Carroll’s injury and Carlton Cole’s departure. Thanks in part to Modibo Maiga, the team netted a prop which was just apt to put The Irons in the lead ahead of their German opponents. This—in spite of unsuccessfully signing Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou—has convinced Allardyce that his side will just do well in the upcoming season. In addition to having Maiga, West Ham also has another great player in the pool, Mohamed Diame, who produced a magnificent backheel goal strike in the Eintracht-Stadion match. The tourney concluded in a 3-0 tally.
 
West Ham United sat on the 10th seat in the last season’s League table, while Cardiff City is yet to find a place in the upcoming tournament. Allardyce’s men might dominate the match, but Mackay is currently crusading campaigns to boost his team’s talent slate.
 
 

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