Cardiff were desperately unlucky in last weekend’s Carling Cup final, eventually losing to Liverpool on penalties and that heartbreaking Wembley disappointment could take it out of the Bluebirds in the short terms so they might be worth opposing as they host promotion rivals West Ham.
William Hill make Malky Mackay’s troops narrow favourites at 8/5 but they have won just one of their last five Championship games and recently went down 3-1 at home to Blackpool, who West Ham mauled 4-1 in their last away match. The Hammers get the nod then at 15/8 via Paddy Power and in what should be a close affair Sam Allardyce’s men look decent value at 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to shade it by a one-goal margin.
For the more ambitious, Blue Square chalk a 2-1 West Ham triumph up at 10/1, in a match that bet365 price at 21/20 to produce three or more goals and it’s 6/1 with Coral for an away win, secured on the back of a drawn first period.
West Ham to beat Cardiff by a one-goal margin – 9/2 (Ladbrokes)