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Manchester United vs Cardiff City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

10:02 IST 09/05/2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19
Our tipster thinks that there could be goals at both ends when Neil Warnock's men travel to Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League season

Manchester United conclude their campaign against Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Much of the gloss has come off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment as manager in recent weeks, with United winning just one of their last eight matches. It is a dismal run of form that has extinguished hopes of Champions League qualification.

Cardiff City, too, are commiserating for last weekend's 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace means that the Bluebirds will make an immediate return to the Championship next term.

Latest odds

There is nothing but pride to play for when these two teams meet in Manchester. Nevertheless, Solskjaer's tenure in the United dugout began with a 5-1 win in Cardiff.

As such, the Norwegian will be hopeful of completing the double against his former employers and 888Sport offer just 11/50 (1.22) that the hosts bring down the curtain on their campaign with victory.

Neil Warnock's men are available at 23/2 (12.50) to end their Premier League adventure with a stunning victory at Old Trafford. The odds compilers offer 23/4 (6.75) that both sides settle for a share of the spoils on Sunday afternoon.

Team news

Solskjaer could opt to ring the changes for the final fixture and a number of fringe players could feature. Alexis Sanchez is a major doubt, while Eric Bailly is definitely out. Captain Antonio Valencia could be handed a start in what will be his final fixture for the club.

Cardiff, too, could make changes. Joe Ralls, Callum Paterson and Sol Bamba are definitely sidelined. The Bluebirds have badly missed that trio in the latter weeks of the campaign as they fought for Premier League survival.

Preview

United scored five in their previous meeting with the Bluebirds but given their recent return of just two goals in five games, a repeat seems fanciful at best.

Nevertheless, there could be value in backing Solskjaer's side to be in front at the break at 1/2 (1.50) with 888Sport. The selection would have landed in seven of United's last eight wins at Old Trafford.

Prediction

Only Huddersfield Town have scored fewer Premier League goals than Cardiff City this season. Nevertheless, with relegation confirmed, the shackles are off and Cardiff can afford to commit men forward as they seek a memorable victory.

The Bluebirds will be determined to make their mark in Manchester. Warnock's men scored twice against the Eagles last weekend and they can offer a threat against the disjointed and disillusioned hosts.

Defensive frailties have caused immeasurable harm to Manchester United this term. Indeed, Solskjaer's side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 14 fixtures in all competitions and their resolve may well be put to the test once more.

As such, the 8/11 (1.73) quote from 888Sport for both teams to score on Sunday could represent real value for punters.

Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) for a 3pt stake with 888Sport