West Ham vs Cardiff

A comfortable victory for West Ham at the weekend moved them clear of the drop zone, and they are aiming to keep climbing the table with another win this week. The Hammers host Cardiff on Tuesday night, continuing a crucial run for the club. Their weekend victory at Newcastle was the start of a stretch where they face six of the seven sides below them, something they need to make the most of.

The hosts are up to 13th in the table following their 3-0 hammering of Newcastle, and that success seems like the spark which could send them into the top half. They are coming off the back of a 4-0 drubbing by Man City in their last home game, but they should make the most of a much more straightforward task in midweek. The bookies have made West Ham favourites to follow up their weekend win.

Cardiff are fresh from a home win over Wolves. That success took them out of the bottom three, and Neil Warnock’s side are making a fight of this campaign. It was set to be a tough campaign for the Welsh side, who looked set for a speedy return to the Championship. They’re making a fight of things in the top flight, but will they be able to cause problems for the Hammers this week?

The Welsh side have enjoyed most of their points at home this term, as one of the few sides in the league who have failed to win on the road. They have lost five of six trips ahead of this week’s clash. No side in the league has picked up fewer points on their travels this season, while they’ve secured a huge 91% of their points so far at home.

Cardiff have scored just 15% of their goals so far on the road, having failed to score in 67% of their away matches. The Welsh side are unsurprisingly outsiders following their torrid run on the road. Another factor working against the visitors is their record against West Ham of late. They’ve lost their previous six meetings with the Hammers, and they come into this one having lost three straight trips to East London. The hosts should add to that here, and we think it’s worth backing them to add to Cardiff’s away woes. Given how the Welsh side are struggling in front of goal, we’re also going for a 2-0 win for the Hammers.

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