Arsenal v Cardiff Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 28, 2019
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal host Cardiff on Tuesday night in the Premier League, with Unai Emery's side looking to shake off their FA Cup exit to Manchester United.
Arsenal won 3-2 away in South Wales way back in September, and the Gunners have won their last four meetings with Neil Warnock's side in all competitions.
Arsenal have issues in defence with Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding all ruled out for this tie - with Greek international Sokratis unlikely to be fit. Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be fit to return to the match day squad, after recovering from an ankle injury.
Cardiff will be without Victor Camarasa after he picked up his fifth Premier League booking of the season last weekend. Harry Arter and Kenneth Zohore are both back in full training and could play, but Sean Morrison is ruled out with appendicitis.
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After being dumped out of the FA Cup by their old rivals, Arsenal return to the day job of trying to secure a top four finish in the Premier League. Prior to that defeat, they had won three of their last four games in all competitions - including an impressive 2-0 win at home to Chelsea.
Cardiff are still mired in a relegation battle, with one win in their last seven Premier League games placing them in 18th in the table, two points adrift of safety. After their third round elimination by Gillingham, Warnock's players had the weekend off, and Warnock will be hoping that will keep them fresh for the remainder of the campaign.
On paper this one looks fairly open and shut, as Arsenal chase down a top four place, and a home win, at 2/7, does provide a little value. Given Arsenal's defensive issues, they are likely to field a patched up back line in this game, and that will give Cardiff hope in attacking areas. With that in mind, a BTTS bet comes in at 10/11.
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 10/1
Emery's side will now be solely focused on the Premier League, with the Europa League not starting up again for another three weeks, and he will want his side in consistent mood. They have plenty of firepower available, with ten goals in their last five games proof of that.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime at 4/9
Aubameyang netted in Arsenal's win in Cardiff earlier this season, and he is their leading scorer in 2018-19, with 14 goals in league action. He has five goals in his last seven games - and Arsenal will need him to maintain that form if they are to finish inside the top four.