Cardiff vs West Ham betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Cardiff vs West Ham prediction: Cardiff 0-3 West Ham

A huge game for Cardiff.

Defeat last weekend saw them drop into the bottom 3 with time running out.

This’ll be a tough assignment though.

West Ham are in fine form right now and are targeting a European place.

Who’ll come out on top at the London Stadium?

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Víctor Camarasa of Cardiff City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Cardiff City at The King Power Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Cardiff City vs West Ham United: Who will win?

Cardiff are the underdogs at 21/10.

West Ham have won just 4 away games this season but are 13/10 to make that 4.

A draw, which doesn’t particularly help either, is 23/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 10/11 but both teams to score no is evens.

West Ham to win and both teams to score no is 3/1.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Felipe Anderson of West Ham United celebrates with teammate Aaron Cresswell after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at the John Smith’s Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Oumar Niasse will lead the line for Cardiff. The Senegalese international is still awaiting his first Bluebirds goal but is 13/2 to score first and 13/5 to net anytime.

Felipe Anderson is West Ham’s top scorer. The Brazilian is 11/2 to score first and 11/5 to get his tenth of the season.

Javier Hernández has also been in good form. He’s 4/1 to break the deadlock and 17/10 to score anytime.

Both Niasse and Bobby Reid to score is 12/1.

Both Hernández and Anderson to score is 17/2

Cardiff City vs West Ham United: Match preview

Cardiff have showed signs of life in recent weeks but they are back in the danger zone.

The back to back wins over Bournemouth and Southampton at the start of February seem a distant memory.

Since, they were battered 5-1 by Watford, humbled 3-0 by Everton and outclassed 2-0 at Wolves.

The Bluebirds are 18th, 2 points behind Southampton and 5 behind Burnley and Brighton.

They’re running out of games so this is very much a must win.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Łukasz Fabiański of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at London Stadium on December 04, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

West ham though are on a roll.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have picked up 8 points from their last 5 games, the only defeat in that time coming at Manchester City.

Either side of that match, they beat Fulham 3-1 and Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday night.

That’s now 8 wins in 16 with 6 of those coming at the London Stadium.

The Hammers are ninth, four points behind both Watford and Wolves.

Can they bring European football back to the London Stadium?

If they’re going to do that, this is the kind of game they need to win.

Cardiff City team news vs West Ham United

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: The Cardiff City team take part in a minute of silence in tribute to Emiliano Sala prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Despite defeat, Neil Warnock is likely to name a similar side to the one that started at Molineux.

No goalkeeper has conceded more goals than the 57 Neil Etheridge has shipped although he’s made the second most saves (102).

They have concerns at the back though.

Talisman Sol Bamba went off injured last weekend and is out for the season.

A huge blow.

Sean Morrison will partner Bruno Ecuele Manga in a back 4.

Aron Gunnarsson and Víctor Camarasa will continue in midfield.

Harry Arter is likely to come in for Joe Ralls.

Bobby Reid, who scored twice in their last home win, will be just behind the front pairing of  Kenneth Zohore and Oumar Niasse.

Top scorer Callum Paterson, Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett will all be left in reserve.

Can this team get, what would be, a pivotal win?

West Ham United team news vs Cardiff City

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

As for West Ham, after back to back wins there is no reason for Manuel Pellegrini to change.

Łukasz Fabiański has made the most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper this season (112).

At the back, Ryan Fredericks has become the first choice in recent weeks ahead of Pablo Zabaleta.

Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna have formed a solid partnership in the middle.

However, Fabián Balbuena could be back in the next week or so having missed the last 10 league games with a knee injury.

It was the two central midfielders who made the difference against Newcastle.

Declan Rice has now scored in two of his last four Premier League home games despite failing to score in his first 19.

Captain Mark Noble has scored 22 penalties in the Premier League since his debut in August 2005, only four players have scored more in that time.

Manuel Lanzini started for the first time since 13 May last Saturday and will retain his place.

Up front, Marko Arnautović can’t get in the side at the moment ahead of Javier Hernández.

The Austrian will be on a strong bench alongside the likes of Samir Nasri, Lucas Pérez and Michail Antonio.

This side should have too much quality for Cardiff.

Predicted Cardiff City team vs West Ham United

Predicted Cardiff City line-up vs West Ham United.

Predicted West Ham United team vs Cardiff City

Predicted West Ham United line-up vs Cardiff City.

The latest tweets from Cardiff City pre West Ham United

The latest tweets from West Ham United pre Cardiff City

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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