Arsenal v Cardiff City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Cardiff City

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Arsenal are 8/11 to be winning at half time/full time with Bet365, and are likely to start fast at home against the Bluebirds. The same firm also has the Gunners to win by two goals at 3/1, or if you fancy a rout, by three goals is 4/1. Ladbrokes have Aaron Ramsey 11/2 to be the first goalscorer against his boyhood club.

The Premier League battle for the top four and survival resumes on Tuesday, as fifth placed Arsenal take on relegation threatened Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal in the market for new players

Arsenal have been heavily linked with several players during the transfer window, but so far no new arrivals have actually arrived at the Emirates. The latest name to be linked with the Gunners is Inter Milan’s talented Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, who they hope to sign on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer. Alongside Barcelona’s Denis Suarez, it looks like Arsenal are mainly in the market for attacking talent, leaving the future of Mesut Ozil seriously in doubt. The £350,000 a week German looks set to become an increasingly periphery figure if one or more of Perisic and Suarez arrive. But even if his wages can be partially subsidised, there isn’t like to be many clubs queuing up to sign the mercurial talent given his age and current form.

Where next for Cardiff after Sala tragedy?

The build up for Cardiff has been dominated by the tragedy surrounding Emiliano Sala, the £15m striker signed from Nantes to bolster their flagging survival challenge. On paper the forward looked to be an ideal signing, with twelve goals in nineteen league games so far this season. This promised some much needed firepower to a team averaging less than one goal a game in the PL. With just a few days of the transfer window remaining and a request for an extension already denied, it remains to be seen if the Bluebirds can find another high calibre replacement in such a short space of time to give them some hope of surviving the drop.

Patchy form slightly favours the Gunners

Both sides head into the clash not exactly brimming in form or consistency in the league, with Arsenal also nursing a chastening 3-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester United, who they are level with on points going into this fixture. Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea in their last league fixture made it two wins from the last five games with just seven points accumulated. Cardiff’s record in their last five games is even worse, with just one win and five points gained as they have slipped into the relegation places.

The Gunners have also defeated Cardiff 3-2 this season, where a late Alexandre Lacazette strike was enough to see off the spirited hosts, who had twice come from behind to peg back their more illustrious opponents.

Team news – Cardiff at full strength, Arsenal may rotate

After their third round cup exit, the Bluebirds have had the weekend off to prepare for this fixture and have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions.

For Arsenal, defensive worries mount after potentially losing two more defenders against Manchester United on Friday. Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is out for a month with an ankle injury sustained in the cup tie, with captain Laurent Koscielny also struggling after receiving an accidental blow to the face from Romelu Lukaku. The likes of Nacho Monreal and Ozil are also pushing for recalls.

Arsenal should have too much again for the visitors

Despite their defensive frailties, it is difficult to look past a comfortable Arsenal victory, with their pace and intensity likely to be too much against an increasingly average looking Cardiff side. Cardiff have not actually beaten Arsenal in any competition since 1961, and they are unlikely to break that sequence as Arsenal resume their quest for a top four spot in the PL, with Manchester United breathing down their necks.

Punter's Pick

Arsenal are 8/11 to be winning at half time/full time with Bet365, and are likely to start fast at home against the Bluebirds. The same firm also has the Gunners to win by two goals at 3/1, or if you fancy a rout, by three goals is 4/1. Ladbrokes have Aaron Ramsey 11/2 to be the first goalscorer against his boyhood club.

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