West Ham United travel to Wales to face Cardiff on Saturday and they’re being backed to do the business.

West Ham, Everton and Watford are the three teams battling Wolverhampton Wanderers for a potential place in Europe.

The Hammers have worked their way into ninth place in the Premier League with nine games to play.

Seventh spot, currently occupied by Nuno Espirito Santo’s newly promoted Wolves, will ultimately be the highest West Ham or indeed any club outside the top six can finish this season.

Seventh place is being dubbed the ‘best of the rest’ position.

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Europe the aim… via Wales

Should both Manchester sides progress to the FA Cup final West Ham and co will know whether seventh place is good enough for the Europa League by Sunday April 7.

Cardiff meanwhile have their own concerns. Sitting in 18th place the Bluebirds have done brilliantly to be in contention for survival against the backdrop of the tragic circumstances surrounding striker Emiliano Sala.

Neil Warnock’s side sit two points off safety with nine games to play and will be fighting for their lives.

That should mean Manuel Pellegrini’s side are in for a stern test.

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Pundits in agreement over West Ham

But they will have no trouble seeing off the Welsh outfit.

That’s according to rival pundits Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson as well as famous TV chef Tom Kerridge and beefcake Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson praised West Ham and said they will win 2-0.

 

“West Ham did well the other day against Newcastle and I think they will have too much for Cardiff, Merson told Sky Sports.

“The season is just taking its toll now (on Cardiff). Getting beaten a lot of times during the season just knocks you at the end.

“West Ham have had injuries but they will be hoping they can have a good one next season.”

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BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson agreed and also predicts a 2-0 victory for the Hammers.

“West Ham are going very well at the moment. It helps that Manuel Lanzini is back from injury but a lot of their better players seem to have found some form,” Lawro told BBC Sport.

“The Hammers look good at the back too, and there seems to a be a much more settled and solid look about them now, compared with the way they started the season.

“They have improved a lot, something that cannot be said about Cardiff in recent weeks.

“Their situation does not look too clever, but I am reluctant to write off their survival chances because of their manager.

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‘West Ham will do a job on Cardiff’

“Just when you think they are down and out, Warnock does seem to have a knack of getting them going again – although I do think West Ham will come out on top on Saturday.”

Alongside Lawrenson for his predictions were famous faces Kerridge and Akinfenwa.

Both concurred with Merson and Lawrenson, Kerridge going for a 3-1 win for West Ham. He said: “West Ham will do a job here.”

And Akinfenwa added: “Yeah, West Ham to win 2-1.”

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