Cambridge United vs West Ham United Match Analysis & Prediction
06/12/2022 10:00 pm
Cambridge United will take a break from domestic duties in League One on Tuesday, when they play host to West Ham United in a friendly at the Abbey Stadium.
While the hosts enter the contest off the back of a defeat to Forest Green Rovers, the visitors travel to Cambridgeshire looking to step up their fitness ahead of the return of the Premier League in two weeks time.
Cambridge have experienced a relatively poor 2022-23 campaign so far, sitting in 20th place in League One, three points above the relegation zone.
Mark Bonner’s side have struggled to string together much momentum of late, winning just one of their last seven games across all competitions, which came in the form of a penalty shootout victory over Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup first round, following a goalless draw in normal time.
Cambridge suffered a dramatic 2-1 defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers in their last game in the league, through a 93rd-minute penalty from Connor Wickham.
The defeat has moved The Green to within three points of their divisional rivals, which could have a negative psychological impact on Cambridge in their bid to avoid relegation.
Meanwhile, West Ham have found life tough in the Premier League in 2022-23 and sit in 16th place, with 14 points from 15 matches played.
Undoubtedly, the season break for the World Cup came at a good time for David Moyes’ side, who had lost three matches on the bounce across all competitions, including a frustrating EFL Cup third round exit to Blackburn Rovers on penalties last month.
In contrast to the 2021-22 campaign, the Hammers have struggled to generate any real consistency in English domestic football this season and have admitted their lack of potency in front of goal.
However, Moyes’ side have performed very well in the Europa Conference League which has salvaged some credit, finishing top of Group B on maximum points ahead of Anderlecht, Silkeborg and FCSB.
Cambridge United vs. West Ham United Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just one occasion in a club friendly back in 2009, where they played out a 1-1 draw.
18/07/2009Cambridge United1West Ham United1Club Friendlies
06/12/2022Cambridge UnitedN/AWest Ham UnitedN/AClub Friendlies
Cambridge United Team News
Cambridge United will be without midfielder Adam May on Tuesday, as he is sidelined with a long-term cruciate ligament injury.
Bonner may decide to give several fringe players a chance to impress, with Sam Smith, Saikou Janneh, Zeno Ibsen Rossi and Jake Lankester all potentially being in line to be handed starts.
Cambridge United's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Cambridge United0Bolton Wanderers0League One
15/11/2022Cambridge United(P)0Curzon Ashton0FA Cup
19/11/2022Cambridge United0Acrrington Stanley1League One
26/11/2022Cambridge United1Grimsby Town2FA Cup
03/12/2022Forest Green Rovers2Cambridge United1League One
West Ham United Team News
West Ham will be missing Lucas Paqueta and Declan Rice, as both midfielders are still on international duty with their respective nations at the World Cup.
Angelo Ogbonna may be handed a chance to get some minutes under his belt in defence following his recent recovery from injury, with Ben Johnson also featuring.
West Ham United's Last 5 Matches
30/10/2022Manchester United1West Ham United0Premier League
03/11/2022FCSB0West Ham United3Europa Conference League
06/11/2022West Ham United1Crystal Palace2Premier League
09/11/2022West Ham United2Blackburn Rovers2(P)League Cup
12/11/2022West Ham United0Leicester City2Premier League
Cambridge United vs. West Ham United: Odds and Predictions
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