Odds: West Ham evs, Draw 13/5, Cardiff 3/1
It will be a tough match as both sides will look to impose themselves physically and with Sam Allardyce’s style of play you can expect a lot of aerial bombardment of the Cardiff backline.
Cardiff have bolstered their squad with the signings of Gary Medel and Steven Caulker as they look to avoid relegation and cement their place in the top tier of English football. They look to have added well to a squad the won the Championship last year
West Ham secured the permanent transfer of Andy Carroll from Liverpool and also bought Stewart Downing from the same club. They have also brought in full back Razvan Rat on a free transfer; they have strengthened on an already solid Premier League outfit.
Impressive wins for Cardiff against Chievo and Atletico Bilbao have left confidence high in the squad just at the right time because a good start to the season will be critical for their survival hopes.
West Ham have also been in good form throughout pre season racking up wins against Hamburg, Champions League side Pacos de Ferreira and Sporting Lisbon.
The Hammers will be without their main striker Andy Carroll for this game along with defender James Collins. Each will be out until at least mid September. Their opponents have no real injury concerns to speak of.
West Ham defeated Cardiff last time they met clinching a place in the Championship playoff final which they went on to win against Blackpool.
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