Kick-off: 1500, 19/01/2019
Stadium: St James’ Park
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What Trueform says for Newcastle vs Cardiff
Newcastle enjoyed a confidence-boosting FA Cup win at Blackburn in midweek and can build on that by beating Cardiff in the Premier League.
The Magpies are currently third from bottom in the table, a point behind the Bluebirds, but boast a more talented squad in our book.
This is a great chance to get out of the relegation zone and 19/20 for United to oblige is our opening Newcastle vs Cardiff prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle needed extra-time to eventually see off Rovers 4-2, but goals for Joselu and Ayoze Perez during the additional period will do that pair the world of good.
Rafael Benitez stated: “I think it’s important to win, to score four goals and to go through. So I’m really pleased with that.
“Everybody has to be happy now and hopefully also it will help for the confidence of the players.”
The Magpies have been involved in a number of tight tussles with fellow strugglers this term, drawing 0-0 with Cardiff and Fulham and winning 1-0 at Huddersfield.
However, we feel they have more scope to improve during the second half of the campaign and like 8/1 for a 2-0 home win from the Newcastle vs Cardiff odds.
Last Newcastle EPL line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin, Ritchie, Hayden, Atsu, Longstaff, Rondon, Perez.
Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden all picked up knocks at Blackburn, but Benitez is hopeful some, if not all, will recover in time.
Midfielders Mohamed Diame (hip) and Kenedy (toe) are closing in on returns and keeper Karl Darlow has shaken off an elbow problem, but Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) are still out.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff edged above Newcastle thanks to a goalless draw with Huddersfield in Wales, but a lack of quality was there for all to see in that dreary contest.
City skipper Sean Morrison admitted: “This wasn’t good enough, it’s as simple as that. We weren’t good enough on the offensive front.
“We’ll take a point as a positive, but we know we need to be better at Newcastle and hopefully they come onto us a bit more.
“We have to show what we can do going forward, because that’s a huge game. We have to create more if we want to stay in the league.”
A move to sign Nantes striker Emiliano Sala shows the Bluebirds still believe they can stay up, but we just fear they may come up against Newcastle at the wrong time here.
Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs Cardiff betting tips by taking 5/2 for United to win by more than one goal.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Paterson, Bamba, Arter, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Mendez-Laing, Hoilett.
Oumar Niasse is in line to make his Cardiff debut after the Senegal striker completed a loan move from Everton. Morrison could miss out after being admitted to hospital this week.
Blackburn 2-4 NEWCASTLE (AET) – Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts, Joselu, Ayoze Perez
CARDIFF 0-0 Huddersfield
Head-to-head: Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle, Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-1 Cardiff
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