Turf Moor - Premier League
It’s do-or-die time for Cardiff this weekend, as Neil Warnock takes his team to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Saturday afternoon. The Clarets are in strong form at the moment though, so can the Bluebirds pick up a vital result?
Burnley beat Cardiff 2-1 in South Wales earlier this season, bring an end to a run of 13 games without a win against the Bluebirds. Nine of those ended all square though, while the last meeting between the teams at Turf Moor finished goalless.
Peter Crouch is out of this game with appendicitis, while Steven Defour is also missing through injury. Aaron Lennon is nearing a return to action, but this weekend comes too soon for him. Phil Bardsley is also a doubt for the home team.
Warnock won’t be able to call on two of his best performers this season, as Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson have both been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Jazz Richards is a doubt, while Matthew Connolly is out. Harry Arter is expected to be okay after an injury though.
Burnley v Cardiff City Preview and Predictions
Cardiff have a huge few days coming up, with the Bluebirds off to Brighton for another relegation decider on Tuesday night. Lose here and morale will be rock bottom for the trip to the south coast. Win though, and the great escape could be on.
That’s going to be difficult against this Burnley side though, who’ve won their two games since the Premier League returned from the international break. The Clarets beat Wolves at home before Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Bournemouth, which lifted Sean Dyche’s side eight points clear of Cardiff, who currently occupy the final relegation place.
The Bluebirds are five points from safety, so they’re desperate for a win with only six games of the campaign remaining. They’ve lost five of their last six matches though, conceding 14 goals in the process and scoring only two in reply.
That’s why the bookmakers are clearly favouring the home team for the win this weekend, with Burnley priced at 19/20 to take three points that would surely see them secure top-flight football next term. Cardiff are 18/5 to pull off a shock victory that would give them a real chance of salvaging their Premier League status, with the draw available at 13/5.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5
Neither of these teams have been big goalscorers this season - especially Cardiff who have only seen the back of the net ripple 28 times in 32 Premier League matches.
Ashley Barnes to score first at 7/2
The English forward reached double figures with his strike against Bournemouth at the weekend, and he should get chances against a team who’ve conceded 61 goals this term.