STAR PREVIEW: Cardiff v Spurs

Happy New Year and thanks for a great 2018. Let’s hope 2019 is just as good! A Happy New Year to all of you who have read, watched, and now can listen to our content here. 2018 has ended successfully and 2019 will bring us many punting challenges, starting with Cardiff against Tottenham today.

The phrase ‘six pointer’ is normally used to describe matches between for those at the very top or the very bottom of the Premier League but today’s encounter between Cardiff and Tottenham could easily be described as a nine pointer.

Cardiff are coming back into form and gained perhaps their most important win of the season with a 1-0 success at Leicester, which was their first away win of the season. It came thanks to an injury time stunner from Victor Camarasa but the real hero was Neil Etheridge, who made seven saves, including a James Maddison penalty, to keep the floodgates from opening.

Sol Bamba also excelled, making three tackles and nine clearances to give the Bluebirds their second straight clean sheet on the road, and they are now out of the relegation zone.

Until around 4.15 on Saturday, everything had been going brilliantly for a Tottenham side that were bouncing following 6-2 and 5-0 beltings of Everton and Bournemouth respectively before Harry Kane scored his 13th of the Premier League season. Then Willy Boly ran to meet a thundering corner and suddenly, within 20 minutes, they were 3-1 down and by the end of the weekend they were nine points off the pace again.

Are they still title contenders? Undoubtedly so, given the quality of their squad; And it should be remembered that Wolves have the best record of any non-big six side against the Premier League’s elite.

However, it might worry some that Mauricio Pochettino only had Lucas Moura on the bench as an attacking option late on and once they conceded that goal many legs looked tired. Even Son Heung-Min, who has eight goals in his last eight games in all competitions, fired a rare blank.

Cardiff are not to be underestimated – they have managed to avoid defeat in three of their last five – but the only time they’ve actually faced top six opposition, Manchester United picked them apart and won 5-1 whilst they went down 3-2 to ninth placed Watford.

Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
17:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD *
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
MAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
SEP 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham
JAN 2007 FA CUP Tottenham 4-0 Cardiff
JAN 2007 FA CUP Cardiff 0-0 Tottenham
JAN 2002 LEAGUE CUP Cardiff 1-0 Tottenham

*In last decade

Tottenham, who are 10 points ahead of Manchester United, have a record of nine wins, no draws and two losses on the road which explains why you can get just 40/85 on them for three points today. It is tempting to back Tottenham to cover a handicap but this could be a game with plenty of goals once again. Five of Spurs’ six goals against the Top 6 have seen over 3.5 goals and all three of those that have come at home as well. We know of the attacking talent Spurs have but Cardiff have scored in six of their last seven home matches. The 17/10 on Over 3.5 goals looks worth a stab.

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