West Ham v Cardiff City- Pre-Match Pundit predictions for the Hammers against the Bluebirds

West Ham will be looking to continue from where they left off at Newcastle when they host Cardiff City in a midweek clash at the London Stadium. The Hammers produced an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon, scoring 3 goals and keeping a clean sheet to end the Magpies’ three game winning run.

The Bluebirds have lost their six games against West Ham in all competitions. The referee for this game, Graham Scott, is one under whom Cardiff have alternated between losses and wins in their six fixtures. Going by that trend (LWLWLW), this seventh game against the Hammers should end in defeat for the visitors.

Cardiff’s last six games under Graham Scott

Leeds 1-4 Cardiff (WIN) 2018
Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle (LOSS) 2017
Cardiff 2-0 Preston (WIN) 2017
Cardiff 0-2 Leeds (LOSS) 2016
Bristol 0-2 Cardiff (WIN) 2016
Cardiff 2-3 Brentford (LOSS) 2014

None of the pundits gave the Hammers a chance of winning at St James Park, and no one seems to be giving Cardiff much of a chance for this clash either. The Bluebirds beat Wolves on Friday night in their last game- a fixture that will be better remembered for that Junior Hoilett goal.

Let’s take a look at the pundit predictions for this clash!

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says Cardiff have been poor on the road this season, and reckons the Hammers will take this clash 2-0.

His celeb opponent, the 1975 bassist Ross MacDonald, has also predicted a two goal win for the home side (3-1)

Paul Merson: Merson expects West Ham to beat Cardiff, but adds that the Hammers do not usually play great “against lesser teams”. He reckons West Ham will pick up their second 3-0 league win in succession.

Michael Owen: Owen says that he expects West Ham to maintain their excellent recent record against Cardiff and has tipped the Hammers to emerge triumphant.

Summary of predictions:

Lawro: West Ham 2-0 Cardiff
CO: West Ham 3-1 Cardiff
Merson: West Ham 3-0 Cardiff
Owen: West Ham will win

Everyone’s gone for a West Ham win!

West Ham v Cardiff on 4 December, 2018

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