By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 31st August 2018
Sunday afternoon’s game comes at the Cardiff City Stadium where Cardiff host Arsenal. We’ve picked out our best free betting tips and match odds for this Premier League clash.
Cardiff vs Arsenal odds
Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds have yet to score a goal in the Premier League but their two clean sheets means they already boast a couple of points to their name.
Betting at an interestingly short 9/2 odds for the win against Arsenal, the traders clearly feel Cardiff could stifle an Arsenal opposition that just picked up their first points of the season against West Ham.
Unai Emery’s Gunners are trading at 8/15 for the victory whilst the spoils of war being equally distributed is betting at a 10/3 pick in the Cardiff vs Arsenal odds.
Arsenal suffered in their first two games of the season against Manchester City and Chelsea but found rhythm and form against West Ham at the Emirates.
The North Londoners will hope they can build on their 3-1 win by claiming all three points at the Cardiff City stadium when they visit on Sunday afternoon.
Back-to-back goalless draws against Huddersfield and Newcastle calmed fears that Cardiff City were heading straight for the drop but the Bluebirds will have to show more urgency and impetus going forward.
Going forward though means facing Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in their three games damning them as odds-on relegation favourites at a 4/9 tip. That – by the way – is still one of our original betting predictions.
Cardiff haven’t defeated Arsenal since 1961 with the Gunners regularly coming out on top in recent fixtures. Odds on an unlikely victory for the Bluebirds are trading at 9/2
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Cardiff vs Arsenal odds: Free betting tips
My betting prediction is Cardiff City to bag their first goal of the season and for them to do it through Junior Hoilett.
No Cardiff player scored more than the Canadian’s 11 in all competitions last season whilst only Callum Peterson bagged more in league games.
Hoilett played in the Premier League for Queens Park Rangers when he was a rising star and we fancy him to score anytime in the betting.
Best bet: Under 2.5 goals odds betting at 10/11
I may have just tipped a Cardiff City player to score but with zero goals in three games another prime prediction tip would be that goals will be hard to come by in this fixture.
The Gunners may have a different manager now but you cannot look past their atrocious away league form in 2018. They failed to win a single point at an opposition ground until the end of May.
Another away defeat albeit at Chelsea only confirms the betting suspicion that Arsenal might simply be a soft touch away from the Emirates.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to get onto the scoresheet against West Ham despite recording three shots. It was the same story when Arsenal lost to Chelsea as he sunk several good chances.
But the 29-year-old is a prolific forward who has hit over 30 goals a season for three consecutive years now. Statistically speaking, it is merely a matter of time before he is amongst the goals.
Enhanced odds: Mkhitaryan to assist a goal at 3/1
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was both goalscorer and provider in the 3-2 defeat against Chelsea. The Armenian forward was priced at 5/2 to assist a goal against Cardiff. These odds have now been enhanced to a rounded 3/1 pick.
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- Four of Arsenal’s five Premier League goals against Cardiff have come in the final five minutes of games.
- Neil Warnock’s last home match against Arsenal ended in a 1-0 win for his Sheffield United side in December 2006 in a Premier League meeting – his last home defeat against them came in September 1993 as Huddersfield boss, when an Ian Wright hat-trick inspired Arsenal to a 5-0 win in the League Cup..
- Cardiff are yet to play a single Welshman in the Premier League this season, giving 1,358 minutes to Englishmen, while opponents Arsenal – who are one of six clubs to have used a Welsh player this season (Aaron Ramsey) – have given fewer minutes to English players than any other side (50).
- Matteo Guendouzi could become only the fourth teenager to start each of Arsenal’s first four matches of a Premier League season, after Nicolas Anelka (1998-99), Cesc Fabregas (2004-05 and 2006-07) and Johan Djourou (2006-07).
- Since scoring from a corner against West Ham in April, each of Arsenal’s last 16 Premier League goals have all come from open play.
Arsenal have faced more shots on target than any other side in the Premier League so far this season (24)
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Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.