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

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Manchester United v Cardiff City

Premier League: Sun, 12/05  Stadium: Old Trafford

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United start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing them for a win. It is likely that United will be super aggressive at home and looking to put on a show after their 1-1 draw against Huddersfield. But with uncertainty over their starting lineup it is more difficult to call the margins that United could win on goals or corners, so we are backing a total of over 10 corners at 5/6 with Bet365 as well as over 2.5 cards at 10/11 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Manchester United welcome Cardiff City to Old Trafford, with the team in desperate need of a win to finish off their campaign and potentially qualify for next seasons Europa League. Cardiff have already been relegated and will be playing for pride with the Bluebirds already planning for life in the Championship next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford has been much like the proverbial ‘game of two halves’. He started his reign against Sunday’s opponents in which his team emphatically won 5-1 and went on an unbeaten run of 12 games in all competitions, losing just the once in his first 17. However recent results have been horrendous with the team winning just two of their last 11 games which has included seven losses and two back to back draws. The team has stemmed the run of losses recently and come in off the back of a respectable 1-1 draw against Chelsea but sunk to a new low when they drew 1-1 against Huddersfield – the bottom placed team in the league. Solskjaer has alluded to the fact that there are players in the squad that will not be part of his project moving forward, with many playing for their Old Trafford futures on Sunday.

Cardiff have been relegated to the Championship but showed a lot more fight and attacking play than some of the other teams at the lower end of the table. Some contentious decisions against the Bluebirds have left Neil Warnock seething but he knows he has the players that could bounce straight back and will want to give the fans something to cheer about on Sunday. The team come into the game having lost nine of their last 11 games and despite a valiant effort against Crystal Palace, ultimately came up short in a 3-2 loss that condemned them to relegation.

In team news, Solskjaer has stated his intention to give youngsters such as Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood a chance against Cardiff, which could see various senior players left out for the last game of the season. It will be interesting to see who makes the matchday squad as this could give an indication to those that may or may not still be at Old Trafford next season. Antonio Valencia is likely to be fit and will be hoping he gets a chance to say goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful having served the club for over 10 years. Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial are all doubts for the Red Devils which will likely see Marcus Rashford leading the line.

Cardiff are without loanees Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa who remain sidelined due their respective leg injuries. Neil Warnock is likely to keep as much of the same team that played Crystal Palace together and hope for a big final performance on Sunday.

In previous meetings between these two sides, Manchester United have been the dominant team, with Cardiff last winning way back in 1960. Solskjaer led United to the aforementioned 5-1 victory in his first game in charge and will be looking to sign-off the season with a similar result this time around.

United start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing them for a win. It is likely that United will be super aggressive at home and looking to put on a show after their 1-1 draw against Huddersfield. But with uncertainty over their starting lineup it is more difficult to call the margins that United could win on goals or corners, so we are backing a total of over 10 corners at 5/6 with Bet365 as well as over 2.5 cards at 10/11 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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