Leicester vs Cardiff Prediction
Following a 1-0 win at Chelsea, Leicester City claimed yet another major scalp in the 2018/2019 Premier League season, with the team beating star-studded Manchester City at their King Power Stadium. The Foxes are brimming with confidence ahead of their last game of the year and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at Cardiff City this weekend.
A man to watch in the home team will be, as always, Jamie Vardy, who provided an assist for Mark Albrighton in the 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s troops. The Bluebirds, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a heavy 5-1 loss to Manchester United, with the team sharing the spoils with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Welsh outfit aim to move away from the danger zone, but seeing that Leicester City have found their best form of late, we believe that the newcomers are going to return home empty-handed.
Fulham will be looking for their first win at Craven Cottage since their opening day victory over Newcastle. The Lilywhites managed a narrow 1-0 win on that day, kick-starting a run of five league games without defeat. However, since then, Slaviša Jokanovi?’s men have only won one of their previous nine matches, edging them closer to the dreaded relegation zone. As for their opponents, Huddersfield have quashed pre-season tags of relegation contenders, instead finding themselves at the opposite end of the table in third place. With two teams in contrasting form, our prediction is that the Terriers will have far too much for struggling Fulham.
Although, the sides played out two 1-1 draws against one another, last season.
Brighton vs Everton Prediction
After drawing with Arsenal on Boxing Day, Brighton will be looking end their four-game winless streak in the English Premier League when they host Everton at their American Express Community Stadium. They aim to regain their place in top ten. We anticipate that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game. The Toffees, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, but they proved their worth in a thrilling 5-1 win at Burnley. Marco Silva’s men regained a much-needed confidence, but beating Brighton on the road is easier said than done. Seem that the two teams are almost level on points in the Premier League standings, we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 20.
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff Prediction
Last time out, Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side shocked the nation with their coupon-busting 3-2 victory over Manchester City. However, the reality remains that only three Premier League (PL) sides have picked up fewer points at home than Palace’s eight.
That said, the ‘Eagles’ have not conceded a goal in 204 minutes of football here at Selhurst Park. With the visitors from the Welsh capital in possession of the PL’s worst goal return away from home, scoring (on average) just 0.63 goals per game on the road so far, it could be a tough afternoon for the ‘Bluebirds’.
Having conceded five goals last time out – and for the second time this season – Cardiff also boast the PL’s second-worst defence, with Neil Warnock’s men shipping 2.11 goals on average per match. Eagles prey on small birds, and could do so here – Cardiff are one of just two sides yet to register an away win this season (D1, L7). Furthermore, they have lost on four of their last five visits here in all competitions (W1, L4).
Players to watch: Palace’s Andros Townsend scored a goal of the season contender with a stunning volley into the top corner last time out, for his third goal of the campaign. Cardiff’s Víctor Camarasa has been directly involved in two of his side’s last three PL goals (one goal, one assist).
Stat attack: Only five PL sides have picked up more bookings than Palace’s 34 (1.9 bookings per match). Neil Warnock is unbeaten in 11 of his 13 prior managerial H2H meetings vs Crystal Palace (W9, D2, L2), and both teams have found the net in each of the last four occasions. Cardiff have conceded three or more goals in seven of their 18 PL matches so far (39%).
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