CARDIFF CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
CARDIFF CITY STADIUM
SATURDAY 11 JANUARY 2014
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: LEE MASON

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Introduction

• West Ham United venture to the Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday as they look for a first Barclays Premier League win in seven games.

• The Hammers have also suffered defeat in their last five league matches on the road with their last away win coming against Tottenham Hotspur on 6 October 2013.

• In their last away league outing Sam Allardyce's side were defeated 2-1 by Fulham at Craven Cottage on the New Year's Day.

• The Hammers have, however, only experienced one defeat in their last ten trips to play Cardiff City.

• West Ham will be hoping another positive result at the Cardiff City stadium will lift them from their current league position of 19th.

• Saturday's opponents Cardiff are three points ahead of the Hammers in the table where they currently lie just outside the relegation zone in 17th.

• The match represents new Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first Premier League game in charge.

• The Norwegian took charge of his first game in their 2-1 FA Cup with Budweiser win over Newcastle on 4 January.

• Cardiff are currently on a run of four league games without a win following a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing.

• The Welsh side are without a win in their last two home league matches, with a draw against Sunderland and defeat against Southampton to show from those games.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll is in contention to feature in the Welsh capital after being selected in Sam Allardyce's squad.

• James Tomkins is also back in the squad after a groin injury which has kept him out of the Hammers first three games of 2014.

• Ricardo Vaz Te is back in training but will not feature against the Bluebirds while Winston Reid (ankle), James Collins (calf) and Joey O'Brien, who was injured against Manchester City, are all out of Saturday's clash.

• Kevin Nolan serves the third game of his four-match suspension on Saturday.

Cardiff City

• Magnus Wolff Eikrem could make his debut for the Welsh side after completing his transfer from Dutch side Heerenveen on Wednesday.

• Ex-Hammer Craig Bellamy could feature having recovered from a knee injury which has kept him out for several months.

Last time out

Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United
Capital One Cup
8 January 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, McCartney, Johnson, O'Brien (Rat 75), Noble (Diarra 57), Diame, Taylor, Downing, J Cole, Maiga (C Cole 45)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, Collison, Morrison

Newcastle United 1-2 Cardiff City
FA Cup with Budweiser
4 January 2014

Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, John, Gunnarsson, Hudson, Turner, Cowie, Kim (Smith 79), Cornelius (Campbell 60), Odemwingie (Noone 72), Whittingham
Subs not used: Caulker, Brayford, Conway, Lewis
Goals: Noone 73, Campbell 80

Previous meeting

West Ham defeated Cardiff City for the second time in just over a month when they followed up a 2-0 Barclays Premier League win on the opening day of the season by knocking the Bluebirds out of the Capital One Cup. The Hammers made a flying start and were 2-0 up after just eight minutes with goals from Ravel Morrison and Matt Jarvis. Cardiff struck back and were level before Ricardo Vaz Te rose highest at the back post to head home Jack Collison's cross in the 88th minute.

West Ham United: Adrian, Chambers, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney (Rat), Jarvis, Morrison (Diame), Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga (Petric), Collison
Subs not used: Nolan, Henderson, Ruddock, Moncur
Goals: Morrison 1, Jarvis 8, Vaz Te 88

Cardiff City: Lewis, Connolly, Hudson, Brayford (McNaughton), John, Odemwingie, Mutch, Cowie, Noone, Mason (Smith), Maynard (Gestede)
Subs not used: Lappin, Moore, Harris, Healey
Goals: Noone 45, Odemwingie 75

Head-to-head (last six meetings)

24 September 2013 - West Ham United 3-2 Cardiff City (League Cup)
17 August 2013 - West Ham United 2-0 Cardiff City (Premier League)
7 May 2012 - West Ham United 3-0 Cardiff City (Championship Play-Offs)
3 May 2012 - Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United (Championship Play-Offs)
4 March 2012 - Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United (Championship)
7 August 2011 - West Ham United 0-1 Cardiff City (Championship)

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)

2009/10 Premier League 17th

2008/09 Premier League 9th

2007/08 Premier League 10th

2006/07 Premier League 15th

2005/06 Premier League 9th

2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)

2003/04 Division One 4th


Cardiff City

2012/13 Championship 1st (promoted to Premier League)
2011/12 Championship 6th
2010/11 Championship 4th
2009/10 Championship 4th
2008/09 Championship 7th
2007/08 Championship 12th
2006/07 Championship 13th
2005/06 Championship 11th
2004/05 Championship 16th
2003/04 Division One 11th

Background

• West Ham United's first away trip to play Cardiff City took place at Ninian Park and a Southern League First Division clash ended in a 2-0 defeat.

• The Hammers first five trips to the Welsh capital passed without victory until they secured their first away win over the Bluebirds on 7 September 1925. Vic Watson scored the only goal of the game as his team finally broke their duck.

• The biggest away win West Ham have recorded against Cardiff is 5-1, which has happened twice. The first of the emphatic wins came on 24 March 1928 in the First Division. Vic Watson was again involved, scoring twice, with Stanley Earle also netting a double and Tommy Yews grabbing himself a goal.

• The most recent 5-1 win came on 2 February 1966 in the League Cup semi-final second leg. The Hammers had already beaten their opponents 5-2 in the first leg and a brace each from Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters with a goal from Dennis Burnett sealed their passage through to the final.

• More recently, the east Londoners have enjoyed a good record in Cardiff, with only one defeat in their last ten trips spread over 58 years.

• West Ham's last visit to the Cardiff City stadium came on 3 May 2012 in the npower Championship play-off semi-final first leg. The Hammers came out 2-0 winners thanks to two goals from Welsh international Jack Collison.

Old boys

• West Ham United defender James Collins started his career with Cardiff City, joining the club in 2000 and going on to make 86 appearances and score six goals before joining the Hammers in summer 2005.

• Current West Ham United goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson spent five years with the Bluebirds making 32 appearances between 2002 and 2007. He also served as Cardiff City's goalkeeper coach.

• Cardiff City forward Craig Bellamy made 26 appearances for West Ham United between July 2007 and January 2009, scoring nine goals, while Bluebirds striker Nicky Maynard made 17 appearances for West Ham United between January and August 2012, scoring four times.

• Craig Bellamy, John Burton, Clive Charles, William Charlton, James Collins, Ian Feuer, Danny Gabbidon, Roger Johnson, Martyn Margetson, Nicky Maynard, Jobi McAnuff, Keith Robson, Trevor Sinclair and Bill Stephens have represented both clubs.

Referee

• Mason started refereeing in 1988 and in 1992 he was added to the North West Counties Football League assistant referees' list, and progressed to full referee for that competition four years later.

• He was included on the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998, and was then added to the Premier League list in 2000.

• In 2002, he was promoted to referee for the Football League and in 2003 became a 'Development Group' referee, before finally reaching the Premier League list of Select Group referees in 2006.

• His first ever match in the top tier was on 4 February 2006, when Middlesbrough lost 4-0 at home to Aston Villa.

• Mason was chosen to control the League One Play-Off final between Barnsley and Swansea on 27 May 2006.

• He refereed the Hammers' 3-2 defeat by Everton earlier this season, in which he awarded Sam Allardyce's men a second half penalty but also showed a red card to Mark Noble.

• His most recent game in charge of West Ham came in the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park back on 3 December.

• Mason will be assisted by Peter Bankes and Ian Hussin, whilst the fourth official will be Andy Woolmer.

General information

• The weather forecast is for a sunny day in the Welsh capital, with temperatures of 7C (45F) at kick-off.

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