Preview stats: Cardiff v West Ham, Charlton v Barnsley, Huddersfield v Millwall

By Rob Virtue on January 10, 2014 12:00 AM |


2014 has been far from boring for our three London clubs.

New managers and new owners sees renowned optimism at Millwall and Charlton. While for West Ham it's crunch time on the back of an awful run of results.


Cardiff v West Ham
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: West Ham: 10/3; Cardiff: 18/19; Draw: 5/2
History of meetings: West Ham won - 30; Cardiff won - 11; Draw - 16

It's been a tough week for West Ham but manager Sam Allardyce is determined his side will fight back in Wales this week.

Humblings at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City resulted in a combined cup score of 11-0 and has left Big Sam under intense pressure.

It led to him to email fans demanding a response from his players.

"We've got to be man enough to take it on the chin and be determined enough to show people that what they think at this particular moment in time is wrong," he said.

"You either come out fighting or you sink and die. I come out fighting as a manager and my staff and players are the same."

But the fans are left wondering how long the boss has left in charge. The result in Cardiff may decide that.

Injuries to James Tomkins, James Collins, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te won't help his cause.

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Charlton v Barnsley
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Charlton: 18/19; Barnsley 10/3; Draw 5/2
History of meetings: Charlton won - 18; Barnsley won - 15; Draw - 14

Charlton will be hoping to play their first home game of 2014 on Saturday when Barnsley come to town.

The Addicks, unbeaten in four, have had a torrid time with their pitch but a new cover will hope to turn that around and the club is confident the match will take place.

Maybe it's the winter break Charlton need. It saw good news with new owners in place and allowed for Astrit Ajdarevic to be recruited from Standard Liege.

He's not expected to be ready to feature against Barnsley, who the Addicks haven't beaten at home in three games.

Another out is Marvin Sordell. Jordan Cook or Michael Smith could feature in the squad instead.

Meanwhile, manager Chris Powell poured cold water on hopes for a spend-fest since the takeover by Belgian Roland Duchatelet.

"I'm sure everyone is looking at it and thinking it's going to be about spend, spend, spend but it won't be that," he said.


Huddersfield v Millwall
Kick off:
Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Millwall: 10/3; Huddersfield 18/19; Draw 5/2
History of meetings: Millwall won - 18; Huddersfield won - 16; Draw - 5

Ian Holloway's arrival has caused a buzz at The Den but the former Crystal Palace boss has a tough task in his first match in charge.

Huddersfield did the double over the Lions last year and hammered Yeovil 5-1 in their last game at the newly-renamed John Smith's Stadium. And Millwall haven't won in seven.

However, Holloway is confident his optimism will rub off on the side to steer them to safety.

"Even if we were in the bottom three we've got more than enough games left," he said.

"Fundamentally we're doing the two worst things you could ever do wrong which is letting in too many goals and not scoring enough. It doesn't get much worse than that.

"But there's a new manager now and hopefully I can rub off on them with a little bit of enthusiasm."

Holloway says he has already picked his starting line-up for Saturday. Not involved will be the injured Liam Feeney and Jermaine Easter, who is suspended.

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