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Predicted West Ham line-up to face Cardiff City in the Premier League

West Ham will look to improve their away form when they travel to south Wales to face Cardiff City in a Premier League game on Saturday.

The Hammers defeated Newcastle United 2-0 at home last weekend and will be confident of getting a positive result against a relegation-threatened Cardiff side.

Cardiff City are currently two points adrift of Southampton in 17th but a win against West Ham on Saturday could see them leapfrog the Saints.

Team News

Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena have been passed fit to face the Bluebirds.

Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko are long-term absentees.

Probable West Ham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Lukasz Fabianski (GK)

Fabianski has been one of the top performing players for the Hammers and he will be keen to keep a clean sheet against Cardiff.

Ryan Fredericks (RB)

Fredericks has done very well in the last two games and deserves to keep his place at right-back.

Issa Diop (CB)

The Frenchman has been a regular under Pellegrini, keeping things tight at the back. He will retain his place in the team.

Issa Diop

Angelo Ogbonna (CB)

Ogbonna has featured regularly since the injury to Balbuena. Despite Balbuena attaining full fitness, Pellegrini will go with Ogbonna in central defence.

Aaron Cresswell (LB)

Cresswell has recovered from niggle picked up last weekend and is raring to make a mark against Cardiff.

Declan Rice (CM)

Rice has been one of West Ham’s best players this season. The youngster has become an indispensable figure for Pellegrini’s side.

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Mark Noble

Mark Noble (CM)

Noble is going strong and putting in solid shifts. Under Pellegrini, he remains a key member of the squad.

Robert Snodgrass (RW)

A tireless worker, Snodgrass likes to pick up important spaces and create chances for his teammates.

Manuel Lanzini (CAM)

Lanzini is tailor-made for the no.10 role at West Ham. The clever Argentine possesses a lot of qualities with which he can rip apart Cardiff to shreds single-handedly.

Marko Arnautovic

Felipe Anderson (LW)

Anderson is a classy operator of the ball and plays with a lot of speed, flair and intensity. The Brazilian can be a threat all day long for the hosts.

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Marko Arnautovic (ST)

This game could see Arnautovic lead the attack for the Hammers. With his pace and power, he can be a real handful for the Cardiff defenders.

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