By Thomas Reynolds
16th August 2018
Saturday 18th August
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Live on Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
Cardiff vs Newcastle United odds
The Bluebirds are 19/10 for victory on their own patch in the Cardiff vs Newcastle United odds, with the Magpies 29/20 jollies in this battle of the birds and the draw 11/5 in the betting.
A dour contest is set to be played out in front of the Sky Sports cameras if our traders know their onions – they’ve priced up under 2.5 total match goals in the contest at a mere 8/15.
Cardiff vs Newcastle United betting tips and predictions
The Welsh side were odds-on in the relegation betting and favourites to finish bottom before a ball was kicked and they did little to alter perceptions in losing 2-0 to Bournemouth on the opening day.
Eddie Howe’s men had been many people’s idea of relegation odds value, but were markedly superior to Cardiff, the Bluebirds’ second-half flurry of set-piece threatenings aside.
City have the lazy, newly-promoted club cliché of ‘giving everyone a hard game at home’ in their corner for this fixture at least, but is that enough for them to land the Cardiff vs Newcastle United odds?
But for some errant finishing, Rafa Benitez’s side could well have prised at least a point when Spurs came to St James’ Park.
Yet, Newcastle’s away form in the Premier League means it’d take a brave bettor to make the away win odds their pick in this showdown, with neither side being able to gain their first three points holding greatest appeal at 11/5 – and that is a betting prediction pick from yours truly.
Benitez oversaw away defeats to both other promoted sides last term, claiming just four league victories on the road all season long and losing 11 of those away assignments.
Meanwhile, Neil Warnock’s side claimed just one point less than Championship winners Wolves on their manor in 2017/18 and even a one-Sergio-Aguero-short-of-full-strength Manchester City were only able to win 2-0 in a FA Cup clash in the Welsh capital in January.
With City one of only three visiting sides to notch more than once in Cardiff last term and Newcastle averaging less than a goal a game on the road since their return to the top flight, those in search of more bang for their buck in the Cardiff vs Newcastle United odds are pointed in the direction of the Match x Goals wager below.
No Cardiff player bagged more than Junior Hoillett’s 11 Championship goals last season – their scoring was shared all around the squad.
Despite the signing of Bobby Reid, who notched 19 times in the second tier for Bristol City in 2017/18, it could pay to back their defenders to score as a matter of policy going forward.
Sean Morrison netted seven times in the league during City’s promotion campaign and came within a whisker of scoring against Bournemouth last time out. His first goalscorer odds are 14/1 which is our prediction pick.