Cardiff v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 2nd September
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Cardiff City v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Cardiff v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 02/09/18
- Time: 13:30
- Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Premier League newcomers Cardiff take on Arsenal in the first of the Super Sunday games this weekend. Cardiff go into the game looking for their first win and first goal of their league campaign. The Bluebirds will face an Arsenal side in transition but the Gunners will be confident after a good win last time out against local rivals West Ham.
Both teams have attracted criticism from the media in their first 3 games in the league. Neil Warnock’s sides are more used to such criticisms about their physical style of play but Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery, will be less used to seeing his philosophies about the beautiful game criticised on a game by game basis.
Emery has come under criticism for making his side play out from the back, with some pundits doubting whether that can be done with the squad that he has at his disposal. New managers often get looked at more closely by pundits and Emery finds himself following one of the best managers to grace the English game, so it was never going to be an easy start for him.
Warnock on the other hand will not have a care in the world what the media think of how his teams play. I’ve always admired Warnock’s abilities to create winning teams and he does deserve a lot more credit than he gets within the media, despite him coming up short when those teams enter the Premier League.
Focusing on the game then and it could be a perfect chance for Cardiff to rustle a few feathers. They’re at home against an Arsenal side who haven’t been convincing at the back and have only taken 4 points from their last 10 Premier League away games. The problem for Cardiff is their lack of goals, as I have mentioned before they are yet to score this season in the league. Their best chances to score would most likely come from set plays. Cardiff Captain, Sean Morrison, scored 7 goals for the Bluebirds last season and he is 15/1 (UnitBet) to find the net at any time during the match.
Despite Arsenal’s frailties they do still possess a very talented squad and they will be confident of getting a victory here. Arsenal do possess a lot of pace within their team with the likes of Aubameyang and Iwobi in attack. Aubameyang is yet to get off the mark in this campaign and I believe that he will hold too much quality for the Cardiff backline on Sunday Afternoon. He can be backed to score first in the match at 10/3 (Betway)
Cardiff’s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will be out for three months after injuring his knee last weekend.
Fellow winger Junior Hoilett missed the draw at Huddersfield with a groin problem and faces a fitness test, while Aron Gunnarsson is again ruled out.
Mesut Ozil sat out Arsenal’s last match through illness, according to the club, but he has trained this week and is available to play. Midfielder Lucas Torreira may start his first game since joining this summer.
Potential Cardiff City Starting XI: Etheridge, Ecuele, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Murphy, Arter, Camarasa, Paterson, Ralls, Zohore
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang
Head To Head
- Cardiff are winless in their last 13 games against Arsenal in all competitions (D5, L8).
- Their most recent victory against the Gunners was by 3-2 at Highbury in February 1961. They also won the corresponding home game that season (1-0 in September 1960).
- Arsenal won both of the previous Premier League meetings, scoring a total of five unanswered goals in the 2013-14 campaign. All but one of those five goals were scored from the 86th minute onwards.
Key Stats & Facts
- Manager Neil Warnock is winless in his last nine Premier League games (D5, L4), with his most recent victory coming against Liverpool when in charge of Crystal Palace in November 2014.
- Cardiff have failed to score in their last four league games, their worst run since a similar sequence in February and March 2014. Their last league goals were scored by Sean Morrison, who netted a brace against Hull in April. They have since failed to score with 55 consecutive attempts on goal.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s next league goal will be his 150th in the top five European leagues.
- The Gunners have lost eight of their last nine away league games, with their only win coming at Huddersfield on the final day of last season.
- Cardiff City 11/2
- Draw 39/11
- Arsenal 4/7
Arsenal will face a tough battle against a physical Cardiff side desperate for points in their fight to avoid the drop. I can see this being more open than some might think and I do think Cardiff will cause Mustafi and Sokratis problems and could get their first goal in this years’ campaign. However I would also be backing the quality of Arsenal to hold out and grab the win.