Kick-off: 1730, 02/02/2019
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
TV: BT Sport
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Emotions will be running high in Cardiff this weekend but anyone betting with their head, rather than their heart, will be on Bournemouth.
The Cherries were outstanding when thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in midweek and have already beaten the Bluebirds in convincing fashion this season.
Eddie Howe’s side just look technically superior and 7/5 for an away win is our initial Cardiff vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff’s fans will pay tribute to Emiliano Sala following the disappearance of their record signing and defender Sol Bamba believes the tragedy has united the squad.
He said on Sky Sports News: “We were a tight dressing room anyway, but I think this has made us even tighter and we have come together even more.”
The Bluebirds were beaten 2-1 at Arsenal in their first outing since Sala went missing, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s stoppage-time effort proving a mere consolation.
“Obviously, it was very emotional for us after what happened,” added Bamba. “As professionals, we’ve got a job to do and obviously we wanted to win the game, but it wasn’t to be.
“I think we needed something like this game to get under way so we can try and get back to normal. Obviously, we wanted to do well for Sala, everyone wanted to play for him and for the club.”
Those sentiments will be magnified by appearing in front of their own fans, so Cardiff can be expected to give a good account of themselves.
However, we still feel 333/100 for an away win and both teams to score is the way to go from the Cardiff vs Bournemouth odds.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Ecuele Manga, Paterson, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Reid, Gunnarsson, Niasse.
Cardiff’s deadline-day signing Leandro Bacuna is expected to make his debut, as Harry Arter is unable to play against his parent club. Victor Camarasa and Josh Murphy will be assessed.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth should be brimming with confidence after following up a 2-0 defeat of West Ham by handing Chelsea their worst league defeat in 23 years.
After heading in goalless at the interval, Joshua King struck twice and further goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels sealed a memorable victory for Howe’s side.
“The first half was a real examination of us defensively and I think we stood up to that,” said the manager.
“We then scored some great goals in the transition and showed our quality.”
England striker Callum Wilson was missing after undergoing minor knee surgery and is set to be sidelined for another fortnight.
However, King is more than capable of filling the void up front and 11/2 for him to open the scoring is added to our Cardiff vs Bournemouth betting tips.
The Norway international also netted in the recent win over West Ham and now has eight Premier League goals this term.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Smith, Clyne, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, King.
Midfielder Jefferson Lerma (ankle) faces a late fitness test, while January signing Dominic Solanke could be given a debut after overcoming a hamstring problem. Simon Francis and Lewis Cook (both knee) remain long-term absentees.
Arsenal 2-1 CARDIFF – Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
BOURNEMOUTH 4-0 Chelsea – Josh King (2), David Brooks, Charlie Daniels
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff
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