Cardiff vs Newcastle by Luke
Cardiff didn't manage to walk away with a three pointer away to Wigan Athletic last weekend, as the team had some chances prior the game, but actually stood quite defensive on the field and couldn't create many chances in front of opponents goal. Actually, the game ended as a goalless draw, with neither of the teams risking a lot during all ninety minutes.
Players of Wigan had more of the ball possession, but weren't concrete in attack, while Cardiff somehow looked satisfied with that point. They are now undefeated in last two, previously winning over Nottingham Forest at home 1:0, as the side has only one defeat in last five rounds of Championship. The team is at thirteenth position, well above the relegation zone but also below the play-off zone, so the team can play relaxed last two matches in regular part, as they surely want to impress in their last home game.
Forward Rhys Healey (7/1) is injured, same as central defender Sol Bamba (26/2). Doubtful as probably unfit for this match remain both goalkeepers, Brian Murphy (4/0) and Allan McGregor (18/0). Left midfielder Declan John (13/0) and forward Kenneth Zohore (27/11) are also not fully fit.
Newcastle United, on the otehr side, celebrated 4:1 victory on Monday evening against Preston as the team secured the second position and direct promotion to the Premiership and now can play the last two matches with a bit less pressure on their shoulders. They remain four points below first placed Brighton and it's hard to expect that the players of Newcastle will be able overcome the four points deficit in last two rounds.
It was their first victory after three matches without a three pointer in Premier League, as the team probably lost the first position in the title in Championship, but still won in time to secure the placement to Premiership. Players of Newcastle were way more dominant than their opponents from Preston, as the team took the lead in seventh minute already via Perez and even though Hugill leveled up in fourteenth minute, but Atsu brought the hosts into the lead in 45th. Guests stood playing with a man less in 63rd, while the home team exploited that well, with two ore goals within next four minutes, sealing the victory with goals from Ritchie from penalty kick and in 67th with second goal from Perez.
Important striker Dwight Gayle has missed the previous three matches with a hamstring injury and remains doubtful for this one. Midfielder Rolando Aarons (4/0) is still injured and won't play.
- Cardiff have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Newcastle.
- Newcastle have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches against Cardiff.
Cardiff have been very good this year in front of own fans and with a bit more relaxed climate now, will try to show their best against obviously one of the best teams in the Championship and a next season's Premiership side. Newcaslte remains more quality with plenty of players who are fired up to prove that they can play in the first tier of English football too. This smeels like over 2.5 goals to me, most likely with both teams scoring.