West Ham vs Cardiff - Match preview and team news
Newboys Cardiff City will make their way to Upton Park on the opening day of the season and take on a West Ham side looking for another strong campaign.
Sam Allardyce saw West Ham finish 10th in their return to the top flight and Hammers fans will see reason to be encouraged by their transfer dealings. Andy Carroll has made his loan move permanent and will hope to have the same impact, with many heaping praise on his partnership with the evergreen Kevin Nolan. Winger Stewart Downing has also made the move from Merseyside to East London and will look to capture the form everyone saw at Aston Villa.
Cardiff won the Championship last season and manager Malky Mackay was the first to admit the hard work started then. Since then the club have splashed the cash, making three transfer record signings in Andreas Cornelius, Steven Caulker and Gary Medel. If the squad can emulate some of the football played last season they will have a chance of staying up.
Carroll and George Mcartney look set to miss the clash with foot and knee injuries, while James Collins is struggling for fitness.
Cardiff will be missing Andrew Taylor as he serves a suspension, and new striker Cornelius picked up an ankle injury in pre-season that is hindering his fitness.
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