Preview - Cardiff City vs Burnley 30 September 18

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Match Day 7
Cardiff City vs Burnley
Sunday, September 29th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City:   
Last five matches form: D D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.50
Average goals against per match: 2.33
Top Scorer: Sol Bamba, Victor Camaras & Danny Ward (1)

Burnley:
Last five matches form: L L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.17
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: James Tarkowski & Ashley Barnes (2)

Newly promoted Cardiff City have endured a tough introduction to Premier League life and sit winless after their opening five fixtures. Next up its the visit of Burnley to the Cardiff City Stadium on Match Day 7.

It's been a lack of goals which has proven to be the main issue for the Bluebirds to date, with just three in their opening six games. They have also shipped 12 in their last three games, but with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal having provided the opposition in those encounters, they perhaps should be judged too harshly on that. Clean sheets against both Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United show that they can be resolute at the back against the Premier Leagues lesser lights.

Up until just last week it looked as though Burnley may fall into that lesser light's category, only for Sean Dyche's men to suddenly pull out a performance from nowhere to stuff Bournemouth 4-0.

Lee Peltier, Nathaniel Mendez-Lang and Aron Gunarsson miss out for Cardiff City. Nick Pope, Robbie Brady and Ben Gibson remain on the side-lines for Burnley.

Burnley will as ever be set up to contain primarily, and whilst that approach hadn't served them too well up until last weekend, it's debatable as to whether Cardiff have the know how to break them down. Burnley made picking up 1-0 wins into something of an art form last season, and they may just do it again here.


Prediction: Cardiff City 0 - 1 Burnley

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  15 - 4
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 10 - 2
Possession: 59% - 41%

Gregory Cunningham was booked for the home side in this one. Ashley Westwood, Matthew Lowton and Aaron Lennon of Burnley all had their names taken by referee Martin Atkinson.

Cardiff City certainly can't be faulted in the application department as they came out well ahead on the stats here. It is in the quality area where they are sorely lacking though, particularly in the absence of a proven goal scorer. Seven shots on target yielded just one goal for the home side whilst Burnley converted the only two efforts they had on target into goals, and that was the difference.

There was plenty of the battling qualities you would expect from both sides in the opening period with Cardiff having the better of it without really being able to muster anything in the way of a clear chance. 0-0 at the break.

Early in the second period it was Burnley who edged ahead. Quick work following a throw in on the left freeing up Ashley Westwood to cross towards the back post. Johann Gudmundsson rising highest to header down and in from a tight angle. Neil Etheridge rightly disappointed to have been beaten at his near post.

Credit to Cardiff, they did get themselves back into this on the hour mark. Bruno Ecuele doing well down the right-hand side and cutting the ball back into the path of Josh Murphy arriving in the area. Smart side footed finish from Murphy - who was comfortably Cardiff's best player on the day - into the bottom right corner.

Cardiff were looking the more likely at this stage but were hit by a sucker punch in the 70th minute. A ball over the middle playing in Gudmundsson in the left channel. The Icelanders ball into the box picking out Sam Vokes who did well to direct his stooping header into the right-hand side of the goal.

1-2 final score.

Cardiff remain second bottom and winless. Burnley move up to 12th.


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