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Premier League

  • January 11, 2014
  • • 23:00
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 27750

Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill Tipico
Cardiff 2.05 2.05 2.10 2.05
Draw 3.40 3.40 3.20 3.50
West Ham United 3.75 3.75 3.60 3.80

Cardiff City - West Ham Preview: Solskjaer set for Premier League bow against under-fire Allardyce

The new Bluebirds manager will be hoping for a positive start against a team who have suffered humiliating back-to-back losses in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup

Under-fire West Ham manager Sam Allardyce takes his side to Cardiff City on Saturday hoping to bounce back from successive cup thrashings.

A horrific week for the Upton Park outfit started with a 5-0 FA Cup drubbing at the hands of Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

13/2 Cardiff are 13/2 with Paddy Power to come from behind to beat West Ham
Allardyce chose a young side at Forest amidst an injury crisis, but the return of several experienced players made no difference at Manchester City on Wednesday as they were hammered 6-0 in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

With West Ham sitting 19th in the Premier League table, three points adrift of safety, the pressure is building on Allardyce, who says his players will come out fighting in Wales.

"They can't feel sorry for themselves," Allardyce told West Ham TV. "We are professionals and we've got to take the criticism thrown at us because that's what happens in the game at this level.

"You either come out fighting or you sink and die – I come out fighting as a manager and my staff and players are the same.

"We've got to get out there, face the music and use it to anger us, if you like, make us mad, prove them wrong and win football matches."

West Ham have won just once in 13 top-flight matches and will be without suspended captain Kevin Nolan.

Mark Noble returned from a calf problem against Manchester City, while striker Andy Carroll [foot] and defender Winston Reid [ankle] are on the comeback trail.

Defensive pair James Tomkins [groin] and James Collins [calf], and forward Ricardo Vaz Te [shoulder] are set to miss again.

The game is also crucial for Cardiff, who are 17th – just one point above the relegation zone.

New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led his side to an impressive 2-1 FA Cup win at Newcastle United on Saturday and has bolstered his squad this week with the signing of Norway playmaker Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

Eikrem previously played for Solskjaer in Manchester United's reserve team, as well as at Molde, and could come straight into the side to make his Premier League debut.

Further signings are expected in January as Cardiff, who have won just four league matches this season, aim for survival.

Midfielder Jordon Mutch, Cardiff's joint-top scorer in the league this term with four, could return from a hamstring injury, while Craig Bellamy and Kevin Theophile-Catherine are struggling with knee issues for the hosts.


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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Jan 11, 2014 Cardiff City 0 - West Ham United 2
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England - Capital One Cup (League Cup) ‎(CCUP)‎ Sep 25, 2013 West Ham United 3 - Cardiff City 2
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Aug 17, 2013 West Ham United 2 - Cardiff City 0
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England - Championship ‎(ENG2)‎ Aug 7, 2011 West Ham United 0 - Cardiff City 1
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Available Squads
1David MarshallGoalkeeper
4Steven CaulkerDefender
5Mark HudsonDefender
28Kevin Theophile CatherineDefender
42Declan JohnDefender
7Peter WhittinghamMidfielder
8Gary MedelMidfielder
13Bo-Kyung KimMidfielder
16Craig NooneMidfielder
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
32Joe LewisGoalkeeper
6Ben TurnerDefender
25Kevin McNaughtonDefender
15M. EikremMidfielder
17Aron Einar GunnarssonMidfielder
29Andreas CorneliusStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
-Adrián San Miguel Del CastilloGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
26R. RaţDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
14Roger JohnsonDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
3George McCartneyDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
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