West Ham United look a happy bunch as they head into Saturday’s game against relegation candidates Cardiff City.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to relegation-threatened Cardiff City looking to close the gap on seventh place.

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.

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Hammers eye Europe

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.

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.

Stern test awaits in Wales

It will be a stern test for the Hammers.

But the team do not look to be feeling the pressure. That’s if these pictures from training are anything to go by.

Bromances between Declan Rice and Ryan Fredericks and Angelo Ogbonna and Robert Snodgrass will bring a smile to the face of any Hammers fan.

Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena, both declared fit for the game, were pictured training with what looks to be a very happy squad of players.

Here are a host of pictures from Thursday’s session ahead of the journey to Wales.


12 pictures from West Ham’s pre-Cardiff training

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