At long last we can welcome back Andy Carroll to the match day squad as we travel to Cardiff City for yet another Premier League six-pointer.

But we should only expect to see him feature from the bench late in the game, with Allardyce admitted that it will be a “calculated risk” if he is to call on the club’s record signing at the Cardiff City Stadium.

But we can also welcome back James Tomkins to the side, which means we can expect to see a defence with two centre halves for the first time this year.

Other than that, I can see Allardyce sticking with pretty much the same team that was thrashed by Manchester City on Wednesday. The only changes perhaps being Matt Jarvis in for Joe Cole and Carlton Cole rotating with Modibo Maiga.

So here’s how we think West Ham will line-up against Cardiff this afternoon…

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What do you think? Is that the team Allardyce should stick with? How would you approach this game? Let us know by commenting below.