Cardiff vs West Ham: Hammers too hot for Bluebirds again

Cardiff vs West Ham: Hammers too hot for Bluebirds again

Kick-off: 1500, 09/03/2019

Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

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What Trueform says for Cardiff vs West Ham

Our Trueform ratings suggest Cardiff could be running out of steam, whereas West Ham have been coming on strong over the past month or so.

The Hammers were convincing 3-1 victors when these teams met in London at the start of December and are fancied to confirm that superiority in Wales.

We’re siding with United to do the double over the Bluebirds at 13/10 for our opening Cardiff vs West Ham prediction.

A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds

Cardiff slipped to a third straight Premier League defeat when beaten 2-0 at Wolves, with 10 goals conceded in those fixtures and just one scored.

The Bluebirds are only two points from safety, but must face four of the top six in their final nine games.

Neil Warnock said: “It does look gloomy at the minute, but we’ve had quite a few situations when I’ve been here for the last two-and-a-half years and the gloom merchants have been there.

“The glass is half empty but we’ve got to show some courage now…rather than committing suicide by giving stupid goals away.”

However, the margin of defeat at Molineux could have been more severe but for goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, while key defender Sol Bamba suffered a knee injury there.

Looking at the Cardiff vs West Ham odds, we think 5/2 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game is fair value.

Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Bamba, Ralls, Reid, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Zohore, Niasse.

Bruno Ecuele Manga is likely to be restored in his favoured centre-back position to replace Bamba, with Lee Peltier remaining at right-back.

Harry Arter hopes to reclaim a midfield spot and Josh Murphy could return to the matchday squad after being dropped at Molineux.

A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds

West Ham climbed up to ninth in the table thanks to a 2-0 triumph over Newcastle, with Declan Rice striking early on and Mark Noble on target from the penalty spot.

“I think we deserved the win,” said Rice. “Newcastle have been in great form recently, so we knew we had to be on our game.

“We had to treat the game like a final. I think you saw that in the first half. We were out of the box quick. We got an early goal and we kept pushing.

“We knew the second half would be tough but we were resilient and we defended well. We got the three points, which is the main thing.”

The Hammers have only lost once in five matches – and that was a narrow defeat at Manchester City.

United’s overall away record is not that impressive, but they have done well when visiting teams at the wrong end of the table, winning at Newcastle, Fulham and Southampton during December.

Let’s add 17/2 for the Hammers to prevail 2-1 to our Cardiff vs West Ham betting tips.

Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Anderson, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Hernandez.

Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena have been passed fit, but Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez are long-term absentees.

Additional stats

Last result:

Wolves 2-0 CARDIFF

WEST HAM 2-0 Newcastle – Declan Rice, Mark Noble (pen)

Head-to-head: West Ham 3-1 Cardiff

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