West Ham United v Cardiff Odds : Home win looks the call at Upton Park with Andy Carroll set to fire Hammers
The latest West Ham v Cardiff odds as Premier League newcomers Cardiff City make the journey to London to face Sam Allardyce and his West Ham side.
Summer big spenders West Ham and Cardiff go head to head at Upton Park with Malkay Mackay’s side looking to cause an early season upset.
Mackay’s side are embarking on their debut season in the Premier League and despite arriving as Championship winners are many bookies tip for a swift return.
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The Welsh have been very active in the transfer market and breaking their transfer record on three occasions with the big money arrivals of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Andreas Cornelius all boosting a squad that already contains the likes of Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham.
Sam Allardyce’s side finished 10th on their return to the top flight last season but have been tipped to push into the higher regions of the table in the new campaign after a shrewd summer that saw the arrivals of Stewart Downing, Razvan Rat and the permanent signing of Andy Carroll.
Downing looks set to make his debut after declaring himself fit for the clash, telling reporters after joining earlier in the week “I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity for me and a great club. I’m ready and I’m fit for the first game against Cardiff,”
The former Villa man could be joined in the starting XI by young midfielder Ravel Morrison after an impressive pre-season that included six goals
Allardyce will be without long-term absentee George McCartney while Carroll is a doubt after getting injured in the final game of last season.
Cardiff meanwhile will hand debuts to Caulker, Medel and Cornelius while 18 year old left-back Declan John is for a baptism of fire as he prepared to make his Premier League debut in place of the suspended Andrew Taylor.
The Bluebirds, won the fourth tier of English football in the 1992-93 season in the first year of the Premier League, have lost 5 of their last 8 clashes with the Hammers including a 5-0 aggregate defeat in Championship play-off semi-final in 2012.
A battle of attrition could be on the cards in this one, but Andy Carroll showed signs towards the end of last season that he is settling in well at Upton Park, and the big striker could prove the difference today.
It should prove to be a stern test for Malky Mackay at Upton Park – this one kicks off at 15:00 GMT