Cardiff City vs Manchester United
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff).
It’s been a very busy week for Manchester United who sacked Jose Mourinho after another dreadful display the team offered in a 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield. The Special One had to leave after winning just one of last six league games and after failing to see off Valencia in the last round of the Champions League round-robin phase. A potential win at Mestalla would have launched the Red Devils to the top of the group and likely helped them be drawn against a much easier opposition than PSG.
The drama resulted in the appointment of team’s legendary striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the new head coach. Interestingly, the Norwegian manager will make his debut on the bench against a side he used to train back in 2014 at the very beginnings of his managerial career. Solskjaer did not have much success with Cardiff back then, but he did well leading Molde in Eliteserien. It will definitely be very interesting to see how Man Utd will react on Saturday afternoon against the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
- It’s been four years since these two likes last played each other.
- Manchester United dominated this match-up over the course of history.
- The Red Devils won three and drew one of past four encounters against Cardiff City.
Cardiff City vs Manchester United: Prediction
The Bluebirds sit 16th in the league ladder and are just two points off Southampton and Burnley in red zone. Nevertheless, we have to say they are a very tough nut to crack in their own backyard. Cardiff City won three on the bounce at home, four of last five as well. They notched two or more goals in three of past five home outings in the league.
Knowing Man Utd struggled badly to keep things tight at the back on travels this term (18 goals conceded in 9 away matches), we can certainly see the hosts on the scoresheet here. The value is thus fantastic with the BTTS option at the 1.80 odds.
Cardiff City vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Cardiff City Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 4.00 (3/1).