Cardiff City are regular fixtures in May's League Championship playoffs, but once again, they appear to be coming up short of promotion to the Premier League. Because of some great defending, some bad bounces and some bad finishing on their part, Cardiff trail West Ham United 2-0. They'll need something resembling a miracle to beat Sam Allardyce's side by two goals at Upton Park.
West Ham have been a more attacking side than most of Allardyce's past teams, but their organization and defense is still a foundation of their game. They're heavy favorites to advance, but there's good news for Cardiff. While West Ham's home defensive record was good for most of the year, it wasn't great at the end of the year. They drew Birmingham 3-3, lost 4-2 to Reading and conceded against Hull City in three of their last four home games. Cardiff shouldn't be able to win by two goals in West London, but at least there's a bit of precedent for decent teams scoring at Upton Park.
Game Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. local
Venue: Upton Park, London, England
TV: FOX Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada)