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West Ham United vs. Cardiff City: Lineups and Discussion

Cardiff City v West Ham United-Npower Championship-Playoff Semi Final 1st leg

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 03: Kenny Miller of Cardiff City is challenged by Kevin Nolan of West Ham during the Npower Championship Playoff Semi Final 1st leg match between Cardiff City and West Ham United at the Cardiff City Stadium on May 3, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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West Ham United get their season underway at home against new boys Cardiff City at 10:00am ET this morning.

The Hammers are missing Andy Carroll through injury, while new signing Stewart Downing is on the bench. For Cardiff City, their first-ever game in the Premier League is a tough test at Upton Park.

Malky Mackay starts with Chilean signing Gary Medel in midfield and Craig Bellamy returns to the PL with his new team.

You can watch the game live here, on NBC Sports Live Extra.

And don’t forget to comment in the section below, can the Hammers bring Cardiff back down to earth?


West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, Collins, Reid, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole, Maiga. Subs: Adrian, Tomkins, Rat, Diarra, Morrison, Downing, Vaz Te

Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Kim, Bellamy, Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Smith, Gestede