By Maryam Naz
31st December 2018
Cardiff City will host Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham this Tuesday as part of the evening kick-off on New Year’s Day. The Bluebirds have lost all three of their Premier League meetings with Spurs but will there be a sting in the tale for the travelling side?
Cardiff City vs Tottenham: odds and predictions
Neil Warnock’s men are betting as 6/1 outsiders in our Cardiff City vs Tottenham predictions and betting tips, with Spurs registering as 47/100 favourites, and a share of the spoils of war projected at odds of 10/3.
The Lillywhites saw some serious damage done to their title-charge last weekend when they were defeated by Wolves. This weekend’s opposition, currently trading as one of the worst defences’ in the Premier League, could be the perfect pick-me-up for Pochettino’s men.
The likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Harry Kane will fire on all cylinders in the hopes to secure their first away win of 2019, but the key to a potential victory will be Son Heung-min.
The South Korean has impressed by netting seven goals this season, but with four assists to his name, he has proved his capabilities are just as adept as the provider.
If the Bluebirds are to have a chance at rebutting with their own attack, the likes of Bobby Reid and Junior Hoilett will have to convert any opportunities that come their way.
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Cardiff City vs Tottenham match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Tottenham to win 2-1, trading @ 7/1
Given that Warnock’s men have lost their last 14 Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ sides, you’ll want to bet on the first of our Cardiff City vs Tottenham predictions that forecasts another loss for the home team.
What’s more, the Bluebirds have conceded 45 goals in that period, averaging nearly three goals let in per game.
Up against a Spurs attacking unit capable of picking teams apart, Cardiff’s leaky defence could be their own downfall come this Tuesday.
The MBE winner has been involved in six goals in his last two Premier League games on New Year’s Day – evidence enough for our betting tipsters to project him to score anytime during this Tuesday’s proceedings.
Given that these goal involvements have led to four in the back of the net and two assists, it would be foolish not to wager in the Englishman’s favour and that’s exactly what our Cardiff City vs Tottenham predictions will persuade you to do.
Consider this: only two players – Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard (5) – have scored more goals on January 1st in the Premier League than Kane’s four, and after last weekend’s sumptuous opener, there is a strong chance of the 25-year-old breaking this record too, with the odds trading at 4/6.
Scorer tips: Callum Paterson our pick to score first @ 9/1
The fact that Cardiff City’s leading goal scorer is their right-back speaks volumes of the problems inherent in the attacking side of their game, but fans will be grateful for Callum Paterson’s contribution this season that has secured them vital points they would not have otherwise gained.
The 24-year-old has already bagged four goals this season, including the winning goal against the Saints that secured his side all three points.
Paterson’s aerial abilities and clinical finishing will cause problems for a Spurs defence that has already shown it’s hand against Wolves last weekend.
If provided with the right service, the Scotsman could make his way onto the score-sheet, and with the odds trading at 9/1 in our Cardiff City vs Tottenham predictions, he may be a valuable pick to punt on.
Cardiff City vs Tottenham stats: Opta
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven league clashes with Cardiff City (W5 D2) since losing 2-3 in March 1961.
- Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has faced Tottenham in a home Premier League match only once before; his Sheffield United team beat Martin Jol’s Spurs side 2-1 at Bramall Lane in February 2007.
- Spurs have won their last five Premier League matches on New Year’s Day since losing 1-2 away at Aston Villa in 2008.
- Cardiff have won eight of their 11 home matches in the top four tiers of English football on New Year’s Day (D2) – their only defeat was in 1992, losing 0-5 to Maidstone United.
- Neil Warnock has lost 10 of his 14 league matches played on New Year’s Day (W2 D2), with his defeats coming with six different clubs – Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, QPR and current side Cardiff.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.