Burnley claimed their first league win of the season with a fantastic 4-0 demolition of AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor last weekend and Sean Dyche’s side will be looking for more of the same on this occasion.
Cardiff have conceded 12 goals in their last three defeats. Even though those losses came against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, Neil Warnock will surely be worried about his side’s defensive fragility ahead of their clash with the Clarets.
Warnock’s men are 31/20 (2.55) favourites to win this one – a result that would certainly offer a much-needed boost for the newly-promoted side after a difficult start to the season.
Aron Gunnarsson missed out against Manchester City after suffering another injury setback and the hosts will be desperately hoping that the Icelandic international - who has yet to feature for the Bluebirds this season - can play his part on this occasion. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is a long-term absentee.
Tom Heaton started his first domestic match of the season for the Clarets in their League Cup defeat against Burton Albion in midweek but Joe Hart is expected to regain his place, having kept goal in all six of Burnley's Premier League fixtures thus far this term.
Ashley Barnes will be hopeful of securing a place in the starting line-up after scoring twice as a second half substitute against Bournemouth last weekend. Sam Vokes and Chris Wood are still searching for their first league goal of the season, while Matej Vydra opened the scoring against the Cherries and is pushing for a third successive start.
Goals at a premium
Cardiff have scored just three goals in six Premier League matches so far this season and 888Sport go 2/1 (3.0) that the Bluebirds fail to find the net this weekend.
Burnley have failed to score in three of their last five away matches in the Premier League and the odds compilers offer 17/10 (2.70) that there are fewer than two goals when these two teams lock horns.
Burnley will surely have taken confidence from a hugely impressive 4-0 win against Bournemouth last time out. Sean Dyche will hope that the result proves to be the first step on the road to rediscovering the form that took his team to a seventh placed finish in the Premier League last term.
Cardiff, by contrast, surely cannot be in a confident frame of mind after suffering four successive defeats in which they have conceded at least three times. 888Sport’s 21/10 (3.10) quote for Burnley to beat the Bluebirds on Sunday afternoon could represent good value for punters.