Premier League football returns to South Wales as newly promoted Cardiff City look to shake off their relegation favourites tag against Newcastle United. Both sides suffered opening day defeats, at the hands of Bournemouth and Tottenham respectively and they will both be desperate to put points on the board here and avoid being dragged into a basement battle this season.
English Premier League
Cardiff City vs Newcastle United
Cardiff City Stadium
Saturday 18th August 2018
Kick-off: 12.30 GMT
Match Winner Odds:
Cardiff City – 21/20 (Ladbrokes)
Newcastle United – 14/5 (William Hill)
Draw – 5/2 (Bet Victor)
The Bluebirds find themselves back in the Premier League after an impressive campaign under Neil Warnock’s stewardship in the Championship last term – finishing 2nd.
They struggled last time out against Bournemouth and are the heavy favourites to be one of the relegated teams next May but they are a gritty outfit and they won’t go down without a fight.
Finding a goal scorer could be the fundamental problem this season for the Blues who will be hoping big money summer signing Bobby Reid can find the net soon.
Form: Last 5 Matches: L D W L W
The Toon are now in their 2nd season back in the Premier League and they will be looking to kick on from their 14th placed finish last season.
Rafa Benitez continues to work wonders on a shoestring budget and he will be pleased with what he saw from his team last weekend – despite going down 2-1 at home to Tottenham.
Salomon Rondon was acquired from West Bromwich Albion on deadline day and the burly Venezuelan is sure to be an asset to the Magpies this term.
Form: Last 5 Matches: L W L L L
Head to Head
Newcastle hold the lead in the head to head record between the sides with a 27:16 advantage whilst another 13 encounters have ended as draws.
Newcastle did the double over Cardiff in the Championship in 2016/17 winning 2-1 at St James’s Park before winning 2-0 in the equivalent fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium in April 2017.
Predicted Starting Line Ups:
|Cardiff City||Newcastle United|
|Neil Etheridge (GK)||Martin Dubravka (GK)|
|Sol Bamba||Fabian Schar|
|Bruno Ecuele Manga||Jamal Lescelles|
|Sean Morrison||Ciaran Clark|
|Callum Paterson||Paul Dummett|
|Lee Peltier||Jonjo Shelvey|
|Joe Bennett||Mohamed Diame|
|Joe Ralls||Matt Ritchie|
|Nathaniel Mendez-Laing||Yoshinori Muto|
|Gary Madine||Salomon Rondon|
Odds and Predictions
Despite both sides lacking top-line strikers, both teams will fancy their chances of winning and should look to attack.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a strong bet at 11/10 with Betfred.
Salomon Rondon is experienced in the Premier League and he’ll be eager to open his account for Newcastle.
Salomon Rondon to score anytime looks a super bet at 12/5 with 888 Sport.
Whilst it’s sure to be an entertaining battle, both Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez build their teams from the back.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks an excellent move at 3/5 with Bet Bright.
The atmosphere in the Welsh capital is sure to be electric and these two teams could put on a show in what should be a very even battle.
The match to finish as a draw match looks a very good value bet at 5/2 with Betfair.
Cardiff City 1 – 1 Newcastle United – 11/2 with Coral.
Top Betting Tip
This should be an excellent opening to round two of the Premier League season and it should end up being honours even between two committed sides.
The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score looks a very worthwhile punt at 15/4 with 188 Bet.