West Ham United recovered from their loss to Manchester City with a comfortable 2 – 0 win over Newcastle United in the last match and find a Cardiff City side winless in the last three matches. Each having ended in defeat. As Cardiff seeks to rise off the red zone, this is not a match they can afford to drop points in, with 17th placed Southampton two points ahead of them. Both teams have not been strong in defence and take to the clash just a clean sheet each, and two wins apiece as well, but Cardiff have three losses, with a combined 10 goals conceded in the process. With just four goals conceded in their last five matches, West Ham will be more confident defensively as they march to this clash. West Ham have no win in the last five away league matches and have also not managed a clean sheet in the same run. It is not like Cardiff City have the best home run ahead of this clash, they have managed just one win in the last six home matches in the league. West Ham have seven straight wins over Cardiff City and have lost to their hosts in their last 12 meetings.