Newcastle United vs Cardiff City
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle upon Tyne).
Newcastle United host Cardiff City in a low-profile relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
The match has a massive importance for both teams who are struggling badly for consistency in this term of the Premier League.
These two sides have the second and the third weakest defensive records in the entire competition. Only rock-bottomed Huddersfield Town scored fewer goals (13) in 22 rounds.
The visitors are outside the drop zone, but with only a single-point cushion ahead of the Magpies who sit 18th in the league ladder.
The hosts will come into the affair with an improved confidence following a 2-4 victory over Championship side Blackburn Rovers in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Ewood Park.
Rafael Benitez sent out a mixed line-up on the pitch against the Riversiders who advanced to the fourth round thanks to extra-time goals from Spanish attacking duo Joselu and Ayoze Perez.
Newcastle vs Cardiff City: Head-to-head
Newcastle United took lead in the H2H record with Cardiff City thanks to a streak of three subsequent wins in last four games against the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City scored only one goal in past four encounters with Newcastle.
Teams shared spoils in a goalless draw when they met each other in August on the Welsh soil.
Newcastle vs Cardiff City: Prediction
We would not be surprised to see another goalless draw here as both teams have really been struggling for goals of late.
Cardiff notched only one in past five games across competitions. They only scored six in ten away outings in this term of Premier League (1 win, 2 draws and 7 defeats in the process).
The Magpies scored only seven goals in eleven home fixtures so far in the season. They bagged just two goals in last five league ties.
Nevertheless, they did produce a strong resistance to the likes of Chelsea losing narrowly 2-1 at Stamford Bridge before the mentioned FA Cup success in mid-week.
Since Cardiff City could not find the net against the likes of Gillingham (1-0 loss in the FA Cup) and Huddersfield Town (0-0 draw last weekend), we find the value in backing the hosts to keep their net untouched at the odds of 2.25.
Newcastle vs Cardiff City: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals [email protected] 1.61 (8/13)
Newcastle United to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).