Cardiff vs Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 26, 2018
Principality Stadium - Premier League
Cardiff will be glad to host Burnley on Sunday afternoon having played Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their last three games. Burnley however, will be on a high after a heavy win last weekend, and will be looking for their second three points in Wales.
The two sides have drawn in their last three meetings, with the most recent ending in a drab goalless draw, a significant contrast to the game beforehand, in which a Mathew Connelly own-goal in the 92nd minute earned a point for Burnley with Cardiff 2-1 up.
Danny Ward will be keen to start on Sunday, having had a thankless task against Cardiff's last three opponents. The forward has little competition given that Nathan Mendez-Laing is injured and Warnock looks unconvinced with the abilities of Kenneth Zahore.
Sean Dyche is unlikely to make many changes to the side that beat Bournemouth, and will look to establish the consistency that was the hallmark of his team last season. Whether the coach fields Matej Vydra over Ashley Barnes may be an issue of contention, with the latter having scored twice despite coming on for only 20 minutes last season.
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Yet to win a league game, Neil Warnock looks doomed to repeat his previous failures and either see his side relegated or lose his job before the end of the season. The manager may well feel let down by his club however, after Cardiff failed to properly reinforce over the summer, especially compared to the spending of the other two promoted clubs.
In essence the Bluebirds are fielding a vastly similar squad to that which came second in the Championship last season, and, with the gulf to the Premier League bigger than ever, this leaves the Welsh side with a massive disadvantage. Warnock will be hoping that his sides last three defeats have been due to the quality of opposition, rather than their own limitation.
If he is to prove this, Cardiff have to win on Sunday, at home against an out-of-form Burnley side. The Clarets sit just two points above their opponents, and could be dragged into the relegation zone themselves with a loss. However, Dyche's side have finally produced their first league win, a comprehensive 4-0 over Bournemouth, which will provide a massive boost to the side.
To the manager's credit, he made few changes despite the poor results, instead placing trust in his system and players, and hoping they would ride out the storm. Against the Cherries, Burnley repaid the faith, with Aaron Lennon in particular stepping up to the task with a goal and an assist. However, the impressive win will count for little unless the side are able to build on the result, and, given the Clarets performance last season, a win over Cardiff would be very much expected.
Sunday's game offers a match-up of two of the worst performers so far this season, but, on a positive note, allows both sides the opportunity to turn their season around.
Ashley Barnes to score anytime 2/1
The forward may have started on the bench last weekend, but looked rejuvenated after his first goal, and will be keen to build up a run of form.
Under 1.5 goals scored at 13/8
Neither side has been prolific this season, and Burnley may settle for a draw against Cardiff.