Preview - Cardiff City vs AFC Bournemouth 03 February 19

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Feb 01, 2019, 09:23 AM Last Edit: Feb 02, 2019, 04:46 AM by Harry85
Match Day 25
Cardiff City vs. AFC Bournemouth
Sunday, February 3rd 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: W L D L L
Average goals per match: 0.83
Average goals against per match: 1.92
Top Scorer: Callum Paterson (4)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: L D L W W
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Average goals against per match: 1.75
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (10)

Cardiff City are just about hanging in there in their battle to defy the odds and beat the drop this season. Four points off safety, they are guaranteed to make up ground should they pick up a win in this one as Southampton play Burnley in another of the Match Day 25 fixtures. The visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium are a Bournemouth side fresh from hitting Chelsea for four in midweek.

Bournemouth had too much for Cardiff in the reverse of this fixture when coming out on top 2-0 at the Vitality

Cardiff do at least look to have a healthy squad from which to select, with no confirmed injuries at present. Callum Wilson, Jefferson Lerma, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook all miss out for Bournemouth.

Cardiff have just one win in their past eight in the league and are going to need to start stringing some results together quickly if they are to stand any chance of survival. It is their games here at home which are likely to prove the determining factor as to where they will be playing their football next season. Their opening twelve games here have brought four wins and two draws, including last time out here against Huddersfield when they were frankly awful. They stepped up significantly on that - despite losing - at Arsenal in midweek though and will be looking to carry that form into this.

They might have been a little flattered by the margin of victory, but that was still a mighty display from Bournemouth against Chelsea. The trick now is to show they can still do it away from home. Their past six road trips have brought six defeats and Cardiff likely won't make it easy for them here.

Bournemouth are equally likely to follow a good performance with a bad one at the minute and we wouldn't trust them to win here. We fancy the Bluebirds to claim at least a point.

Prediction: Cardiff City 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  5 - 5
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 7
Possession: 32% - 68%

Sol Bamba was the only Cardiff City player to have his name taken by referee Jonathan Moss. Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Smith were booked for Bournemouth.

Quite a comedown for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side. Having stuffed Chelsea in midweek, they found themselves unable to make many inroads at all against Neil Warnock's relegation threatened Cardiff City outfit. 68% of possession was good, just one shot on target was not and it was the Bluebirds who made the best of the few chances in the game to pick up a big three points.

Cardiff certainly got off to the perfect start. The referee spotting a handball in the area from Bournemouth defender Steve Cook and pointing to the spot. Bobby Reid keeping his cool to fire straight down the middle and in, before raising an Emiliano Sala T-Shirt in tribute.

Andrew Surman came closest for Bournemouth in the opening period when seeing a 25-yard effort tipped onto the crossbar by Neil Etheridge. 1-0 at the break.

Having scored at the start of the first half, Reid then repeated the trick in the second, doubling the home sides advantage in the 46th minute. Aron Gunnarsson's ball over the top putting the front man clean through. Rounding keeper Artur Boruc - who had rushed to the edge of his area - Reid then rolled into the empty net.

And that's the way it finished. 2-0 final score.

Cardiff remain third bottom, but they have made ground and now lie only two points behind Burnley, Southampton and Newcastle United as the battle for survival really begins to hot up. Bournemouth continue to bob around in mid-table and stay tenth.

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