The Bluebirds have wasted no time in adjusting to Premier League life as they query what the hype is about from their standing in the table, looking down on Manchester United.
Proving a tough nut to crack, another three points could well be in store when Newcastle visit the Cardiff City Stadium. A home win is forecast at 13/10 with bwin, as opposed to the Toon’s 2/1 and the draw offering a 23/10 alternative.
Backing a low-scoring or half time/full time home win could prove the way to go in search of value.
Magpies have shipped five goals prior to half time this season
Everton put the result beyond doubt in Newcastle’s last outing, taking just 37 minutes to rack up a 3-0 lead, while Manchester City were cruising at 2-0 by the break in their first match of the season.
Alan Pardew’s side bucked this trend somewhat by holding a half-time lead over Aston Villa in their only other league away day, but Villa Park was one of only two Premier League venues at which they celebrated victory last term and these two aforementioned defeats suggest their woeful away record is set to continue.
Cardiff strong at home, Toon dire away
Of the Tynesiders’ 19 top-flight away games last season they suffered ten defeats. In addition to beating then-struggling Villa, their only other victory came at hapless QPR on the final day.
When playing in the second tier, Cardiff avoided defeat in 21 of their 23 matches in the Welsh capital and their form on home soil will mould into the basis of a successful survival bid.
Man City were bowled over by Malky Mackay’s men’s unwillingness to give in, Everton couldn’t break them down, while Tottenham had to attack for 90 minutes, plus injury time, before snatching a last-gasp win.
Goals have been scarce in Cardiff games, with four of six yielding fewer than 2.5 goals
Assuming the Bluebirds’ early-season resoluteness doesn’t fail them here, one goal should see them safely to another big win.
Of their six clashes in the top tier, four have fallen shy of the 2.5-goal mark and, although Newcastle appear to have overcome the goal drought that buckled them in the opening few games of the campaign, they will struggle to puncture a rugged home back line.
The 7/1 for Cardiff to claim a 1-0 win must appeal, while the 13/5 on offer for the Bluebirds to be ahead at the interval and final whistle is also a tempting prospect.