Much is being made of Cardiff City failing to find the net in any of their opening three Premier League matches although they’ve also stopped their opponents scoring on two occasions.
After losing 2-0 at Bournemouth, the Bluebirds have tightened up against Newcastle and Huddersfield although goalless draws won’t be enough in the final reckoning to ensure top-flight survival.
Nevertheless, Neil Warnock would take a point against an Arsenal team expected to be featuring in the upper reaches of the final standings. The feisty manager will hope that his team can take advantage of a side who looked flaky on the road last season.
Are Cardiff Worth a Bet?
Paddy Power chalk up 6/1 about Cardiff winning this Sunday lunchtime encounter and it was precisely this sort of fixture that caused problems for the Gunners last season who lost eleven times away from home last season.
Indeed, away stats of 4-4-11 will greatly encourage Warnock who will have noticed how the Arsenal defence didn’t look watertight against West Ham despite winning for the first time this season when triumphing 3-1.
If Cardiff are to win the game, it’s likely to be achieved on pragmatic terms and a 1-0 correct scoreline in favour of the newly-promoted team can be backed at 16/1 with bet365 which is not the worst bet at this price for the weekend.
Bet365 are among those firms prepared to chalk up 8/13 about the visitors winning the game. While this price might suggest that Arsenal are strongly fancied to get over the line in south Wales, it also indicates that a Gunners win is not the racing certainty that you might get should Liverpool or Manchester City visit the Cardiff City Stadium.
Unai Emery will have breathed a large sigh of relief at the way his team rallied from a goal down to beat West Ham, although there are clearly issues with several players within the ranks as the rebuilding exercise remains in its infancy.
Aubameyang to Start Scoring?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now three games and counting without a goal, while Mesut Ozil was left out of the last squad and it appears that Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey will continue in the attacking midfield spots.
Arsenal might have to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in against a physical side who are finding their sea legs after successive goalless draws and we’re much happier to back the draw at 10/3 (BetVictor) than the away win considering the question marks that exist around the London side.
Given Cardiff’s difficulties in front of goal and failure to create many meaningful chances, then some punters might fancy betting on the 9/5 (BetVictor) that Arsenal win this game without reply and the game plan from the visitors will surely be keep things tight and hope that quality wins the day.
Under 2.5 Goals is trading at an attractive 11/10 with Betfair and perhaps one goal will settle the match on either side, with Cardiff looking to keep things tight again and Arsenal looking to get the game won and scrap it out until the final whistle.