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Can Anderson, Arnautovic and Chicharito exploit this major Cardiff City weakness?

West Ham are hoping to record back-to-back wins tomorrow night when they face Cardiff City in the Premier League.

Having beaten Newcastle United at St James’ Park with an impressive 3-0 victory, the Hammers turn their attention to a home clash with newly promoted Cardiff.

The Bluebirds have West Ham’s old enemy Neil Warnock at the helm but there is one major chink in their armour that West Ham’s attack can exploit.

Cardiff City defence

Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba form part of a three-man central defence at Cardiff City. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)


Cardiff tend to play with three central defenders: Bruno Ecuele Manga, Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba.

All three are dominant in the air and fully committed to the cause.

But their lack of pace will surely have West Ham’s front three licking their lips in anticipation.

If West Ham’s speedsters can find their form up top, they can really hurt the Welsh side.

Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic has scored five goals this season for West Ham. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Arnautovic has not found the net in five games for club and country but he will still be high on confidence.

The Austrian forward picked up an assist at Newcastle and will be eager to net his sixth of the season.

But while the 29-year-old is used to using his strength to get the better of defenders, perhaps he would be better advised to evade Bamba, Morrison and Manga with his quick turn of pace.

Javier Hernandez

Chicharito scored twice against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Chicharito returned to the Hammers starting line-up last week with a bang.

The Mexico international scored two goals for West Ham, underlining his impressive finishing ability.

Hernandez plays as a fox-in-the-box poacher, finding pockets of space in between the defenders.

With his constant movement and deceptive acceleration, the 30-year-old can cause Cardiff some problems.

Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson scored his fifth goal of the season at Newcastle. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

With four goals in his last four games, Anderson is finally starting to justify his hefty price tag.

The Brazilian winger has the full package; pace, strength, skill and an eye for goal.

This is the perfect game for the 25-year-old, who will find space in between the right-wing-back and the right-sided centre-half.

If he gets one-on-one with Manga at right-centre-back, then Anderson’s speed and skill will surely create many chances for West Ham.

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