Cardiff v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 31, 2019
Cardiff City Stadium
This is likely to be an emotional occasion, as Cardiff play Bournemouth in their first home game since the tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala. Attention will turn to winning the three points once the whistle goes, and the Bluebirds are desperate for them.
Bournemouth have won three of the last four meetings between the sides, including a 2-0 victory at the Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend of this season. Cardiff last beat the Cherries at home in 1994, failing to win any of the five fixtures in South Wales since.
Sean Morrison is Neil Warnock’s only injury concern ahead of this game. Apart from that, the Bluebirds boss has a full complement of players to choose from. Kenneth Zohore is fit again which provides competition for places up front, with on-loan Oumar Niasse set for his third successive start.
Callum Wilson misses this game for the visitors. He’s had a minor operation to clean up his knee, and will be out for most of February. David Brooks is also a doubt after picking up an injury in midweek, while Jefferson Lerma, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook are also injured.
Cardiff v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Cardiff come into this game four points from safety. A number of the teams above them, including Burnley, Southampton and Newcastle, are all improving, which doesn’t help Neil Warnock in his bid to preserve the South Wales club’s Premier League status. It also doesn’t help that their opponents on Saturday enjoyed a stunning result in midweek.
Bournemouth put in an incredible performance to thrash Chelsea 4-0, and the Cherries were fully deserving of that scoreline. To put it into perspective, it was the first time in over 20 years that Chelsea have lost by a four-goal margin. Eddie Howe’s side are looking for their third successive win on Saturday, but their last two games have been at home, and things are different on the road.
Bournemouth have lost their last six away from home, conceding at least twice in each of those games. They’re still the favourites in the betting though, priced at 16/11. Cardiff meanwhile are 28/13, as they look to avoid their third straight defeat. They put up a decent fight but still went down 2-1 against Arsenal on Tuesday.
The Bluebirds are back at home after two away games, and they need to start picking up some good points or they’re going back to the Championship. A draw might be considered a decent result for the hosts considering Bournemouth’s week and the fact that the Cherries are only a couple of points off seventh place. The stalemate is 5/2 this weekend.
Bournemouth to win and BTTS at 15/4
The Cherries are favourites but they’ve been conceding a lot of goals away from home so Cardiff should get their chances.
Josh King to score first at 7/1
The Norwegian scored two and set up another against Chelsea on Wednesday, and Bournemouth need him to step up again with Wilson out.