Cardiff City vs Newcastle United
Saturday 18th August 2018
FA Premier League, The Cardiff City Stadium
Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 12:30
Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – Cardiff and Newcastle face off in Premier League action this Saturday afternoon.
Neither side got their ideal start to the season, both being handed opening day losses.
Neil Warnock’s Cardiff got a harsh realisation of the difference between the Championship and Premier League as they lost 2-0 to Bournemouth. Meanwhile two goals from Tottenham was enough to silence a St James Park crowd last weekend.
The hosts are favourites for relegation this season, priced at ½ by SkyBet. They are also 2/1 to get a home win this weekend. The Welsh outfit struggled with possession in their last outing – with fingers pointed at poor recruitment over the summer. New signing Harry Arter is almost certain to start this weekend and should have a positive effect on the slightly underwhelming midfield options. Bobby Reid will likely spearhead the Cardiff attack and is priced at 5/1 to score first. The agile forward man showed great energy in the curtain raiser.
Newcastle showed plenty of positives in their opening day defeat. They are priced at 6/4 to win – a great price given their improved squad depth. Rafa Benitez has installed a very preservative yet effective method of defending. They often ‘park the bus’ and allow all their players to get behind the ball. However, they should see plenty of possession in this match-up which will allow their danger players more freedom – Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez and Kenedy to name a few. Striker Joselu got off the mark against Spurs with a lovely directed header in the first half. The Spaniard is priced at 5/2 to score anytime. Salomon Rondon could also feature if his large stature is needed against the physical Cardiff defence.
The referee for this match will be Craig Pawson. The Englishman awarded 35 booking points last week and averaged 37.9 booking points last season. Clearly not a referee who keeps his cards close to his chest.
The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 12:30 GMT.
Prediction: 9/1 – 2-1 Newcastle win.
Cardiff will have chances to open their goal scoring account for the season however if Newcastle pick up from last week they should get their first points of the season.
Suggested Tips – Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – (BET365):
- Correct Score: Newcastle Win 2-1 – (link no longer available).
Suggested Tips – Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – (SKYBET):
- Both Players to Score – Salomon Rondon and Joselu to both score – 10/1.
- Newcastle to win and BTTS – 9/2.
- Correct Score Group Betting – Newcastle to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 21/10.
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