Preview - Cardiff City vs West Ham United 09 March 19

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Match Day 30
Cardiff City vs. West Ham United
Saturday, March 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: W W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.86
Average goals against per match: 1.97
Top Scorer: Sol Bamba, Bobby Reid & Callum Paterson (4)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )


Cardiff City are slumping again at present and head into Match Day 30 looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in the Premier League. All hope is not lost for the Bluebirds though. Only two points adrift of safety, they can boost their survival chances should they manage to overcome ninth placed West Ham United in this one.


West Ham ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in the game between the sides at the London Stadium earlier in the season.


Already struggling at the back, Cardiff City won't be helped by the absence of Sol. They are otherwise at full strength though. Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sánchez and Winston Reid are all out for the Hammers.


Rather than build on their last gasp win away at Southampton, Cardiff have fallen to pieces since, displaying some truly shambolic defending in losing three on the spin, conceding ten and scoring just once. They have won five of 15 overall at home this season.

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West Ham have lost just one of their past five in the league, and that did come away at Manchester City. They were solid rather than spectacular at home to Newcastle last time out. They have won four of 14 overall away from home, but are without a win in their last five and have scored just once across those games.


West Ham have to be favoured on current form, but we just don't trust them on the road. We will take a draw in this one.


Prediction: Cardiff City 2 - 2 West Ham United

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  16 - 9
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession: 29% - 71%

Harry Arter and Sean Morrison were booked for the home side, with referee Graham Scott also taking then name of Chicharito of West Ham.


West Ham had plenty of the ball here - but then so do many sides against Cardiff City. The Hammers were able to do precious little with their possession, managing only two efforts on target despite having 70% of the ball. This was a much-improved defensive display from the Bluebirds who deserved the win on the day.


It took the home side just four minutes to take the lead. An excellent break through midfield from Victor Camarasa who then found Josh Murphy in an ocean of space on the right flank. Murphy having time to pick out a ball to the near post, and finding Junior Hoilett to slot in to the right-hand side from around three yards. 1-0 at the break.


Having scored towards the start of the first half Cardiff then doubled their advantage only seven minutes into the second. The defending from West Ham wasn't great here. Failing to deal with a prodded ball forward, Hoilett was allowed to send a cross towards the back post from the left hand side. Murphy heading back across goal and Camarasa finishing on the slide from around a yard.


Declan Rice did strike the woodwork for West Ham but that's as close as they came. 2-0 finals score.


Cardiff badly needed to win this one if they were to remain within touching distance of Premier League safety. The other results just about all went against them, so they do remain in the bottom three but are only two points off survival with nine games still to play. West Ham's stated target of seventh position now looks a little further away, they remain in ninth position.







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