Everton manager Marco Silva

Cardiff vs Everton: Toffees to be rusty after lay-off

Kick-off: 1945, 26/02/2019

Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

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What Trueform says for Cardiff vs Everton

Cardiff received a wake-up call when thrashed by Watford but our Trueform chart suggests they are worth another chance when entertaining Everton.

The Toffees travel to Wales on the back of three straight defeats and may also be a touch rusty after going 17 days without a game.

We reckon 5/2 for a home win here is tempting enough to be our initial Cardiff vs Everton prediction.

A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds

Cardiff were cut apart on the break by the pace of Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu when hammered 5-1 on Friday night but the result may have been much different had a first-half penalty decision gone their way.

The Bluebirds were only trailing 1-0 when Josh Murphy was felled by Daryl Janmaat three minutes before the break but referee Simon Hooper waved play on.

“When you play the game and you’re in football, you know how goals change games,” said Neil Warnock.

“There’s no excuse for getting battered five, but going in 1-1 with our tails up and the crowd behind us, it’s a different ball game.

“I still don’t understand, for whatever reason, that it’s not given. It’s bizarre.”

Cardiff had previously boosted their Premier League survival hopes by beating Bournemouth and Southampton and there is no denying their fighting spirit.

Five of City’s seven wins this season have come by a one-goal margin, with three being 2-1 victories, so 23/2 for that scoreline stands out from the Cardiff vs Everton odds.

Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Paterson, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Bacuna, Niasse.

A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds

Everton have had plenty of time to stew on a hat-trick of defeats which saw them slip into the bottom half of the Premier League table.

The Toffees were beaten at home by Wolves and Manchester City before going down 1-0 at Watford.

Marco Silva’s return to Vicarage Road was made even worse when Kurt Zouma was sent off in stoppage time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne both hit the woodwork against the Hornets, but that was still another pretty tame effort from the Merseyside outfit.

Richarlison struggled to make an impact against his former club and the Brazilian’s loss of form has coincided with Everton’s struggles.

Tom Davies said after that game: “We’re not happy and we have to look back on this match to see what we need to change. We underperformed again.”

The Toffees have lost seven of their last 11 Premier League away games and we fear a slow start here after being denied a recent run-out.

Let’s finish off our Cardiff vs Everton betting tips by taking 13/10 for the hosts to score first.

Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Kenny, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Gueye, Davies, Tosun, Richarlison.

Additional stats

Last result:

CARDIFF 1-5 Watford – Sol Bamba

Watford 1-0 EVERTON

Head-to-head: Everton 1-0 Cardiff

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