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

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Premier League Newcastle United v Cardiff City

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Saturday, January 19, 2019


St Jame’s Park

Punter's Pick

Neither side are tearing up trees in front of goals in recent weeks, so 2.5 goals and under could be a sensible choice at 7/5, available with Bet365. The Hammers are struggling to score on the road at present and can be backed to fire another away day blank at 13/10 with Betfair.

Two teams entrenched in the relegation battle go head to head this Saturday, as Rafa Benitez’s under pressure Newcastle side host Neil Warnock’s struggling Cardiff City side. With just one point and one position separating the teams, a defeat for either could be a hammer blow to morale and chances of staying in the Premier League beyond this season.

Will Newcastle or Cardiff spend this January?

Both sets of managers can rightly point to the stringent spending that has been imposed on them, with Benitez’s repeated pleas for financial backing in the transfer market falling on deaf ears. Indeed it could be debated whether Chairman Mike Ashley is seemingly more intent on taking over the high street then investing in the club that has largely survived in the PL thanks to Benitez’s tactical knowhow. The current transfer window again looks eerily quiet at St. James’ Park, with hardly any players linked to the club, let alone any actual signings materializing.

Bluebirds’ manager Neil Warnock has also had to make do with a mixture of signing competent Championship players (Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid) for modest fees of around £10m each, and a host of loan signings such as Harry Arter from Bournemouth and Victor Camarasa from Real Betis. The lack of marquee signings, particularly a forward has really hurt their chances to date this season, with Defender/Midfielder turned Striker Callum Paterson the leading scorer with just four goals. Recent days has seen deals for Everton’s Oumar Niasse and Nantes’ Argentine striker Emiliano Sala touted, which may give a desperate injection of goals.

Goals galore expected? Probably not likely…

If you’re tuning into this game expecting a free flowing, high scoring affair, you may be sadly disappointed. Newcastle and Cardiff sit eighteen and nineteen on the PL goal scoring charts, with only Huddersfield Town with thirteen goals ‘bettering’ them. Newcastle at least (as you would expect with any Benitez side) have only conceded 31 goals so far this season, actually better than the teams that occupy fifth to seventh in the PL – Arsenal, Manchester United and Watford have conceded 32 goals each.

Cardiff on the other hand have been rather more generous with their defending (41 goals conceded so far), with only Fulham, Burnley and Bournemouth possessing worst defences this season.

No score draw already played out this season

With the above goal scoring exploits (or lack of them in mind), it is hardly surprising the reverse fixture finished in a 0-0 stalemate. Newcastle contrived to miss an injury time penalty through on-loan winger Kenedy, and both teams missed a host of chances to take what now would appear to have been an invaluable three points in the fight against relegation. The match was one to forget for the Brazilian winger, as he contrived to become the first PL player since 2010 to go through the opening 45 mins of a game without making at least one successful pass.

Draw not good for both sides, but not a disaster too?

This is a game that both teams dare not lose, and with that in mind another draw between the two teams would not be a major surprise. With both teams in relegation form – Newcastle 0 wins from their last five games, Cardiff just one win in the same period, neither team approaches this fixture with the confidence or cutting edge to land a potentially major blow on their relegation rival.

Punter's Pick

Neither side are tearing up trees in front of goals in recent weeks, so 2.5 goals and under could be a sensible choice at 7/5, available with Bet365. The Hammers are struggling to score on the road at present and can be backed to fire another away day blank at 13/10 with Betfair.

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