West Ham host Cardiff City on Tuesday night in the Premier League and will be hoping to pull further away from a potential relegation battle.
The Hammers recorded an impressive 3-0 away win at Newcastle United at the weekend and a busy December of fixtures takes shape with two home games this week.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side need to try overcome Cardiff on Tuesday before hosting Crystal Palace on Saturday and maximum points should see them climb the table.
West Ham will need to be at their most physical to cope with a Cardiff team that have won two of their last three games and can hurt teams with their directness in the final third.
Pellegrini should consider fighting fire with fire and recalling forgotten man Andy Carroll to the starting XI.
Carroll has missed most of the season so far with an ankle injury, but got a cameo appearance recently against Manchester City and was also on the bench against Newcastle.
The centre-forward is renowned for his physical presence and quality in the air, which is why he’s a great option both offensive and defensively against powerhouses Cardiff.
West Ham are yet to unleash the £15million (BBC) ace fully this season and he could help them beat Cardiff at their own game with his battering style.