Cardiff City vs Tottenham
English Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff).
Tottenham’s five-win thread came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they shockingly dropped a one-goal lead to lose 1-3 at home to Wolves.
The defeat came literally out of nowhere following an impressive pair of showings from Spurs free-scoring attacking line-up. Mauricio Pochettino’s men bagged as many as 11 goals in back-to-back wins over Everton and Bournemouth.
These stunning wins moved Tottenham above defending champions Manchester City in second and kept them six points behind leaders Liverpool. Nevertheless, title dreams suffered a sudden setback with one of the worst second-half displays of the season for Spurs.
Pochettino’s men failed to make a single shot after the break and they were punished by conceding three goals within final 18 minutes of the affair. Harry Kane’s brilliant 25-yard strike early in the game thus meant nothing as the team is now as many as nine points shy of runaway leaders Liverpool.
Can Spurs bounce back in their first fixture of 2019 when they travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City?
Cardiff City vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
The Bluebirds have not been a tricky opposition to Tottenham in recent years.
Cardiff City lost all of past four meetings with Spurs failing o score a single goal in any of last five H2H games.
Eric Dier’s 8th-minute effort made all the difference when two likes battled each other in October this year at Wembley.
Cardiff City vs Tottenham: Prediction
Cardiff will come into this in sky-high spirits following back-to-back clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. The Bluebirds took four points from these two complicated affairs against in-form sides to move four points clear off the red zone.
Neil Etheridge offered a spectacular display with as many as seven saves on Saturday at King Power. Philippine goalkeeper denied James Maddison’s second-half penalty to allow Victor Camarasa to score the match-winner in the second minute of the added time completely against the run of play.
Spurs are obviously heavy favourites coming into this one, but the momentum is on Cardiff’s side and we’d not be shocked to see the hosts casing troubles for Pochettino’s men here.
Cardiff City vs Tottenham: Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Tottenham Under 2.5 Team Goals @ 1.44 (4/9).