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Cardiff City v Arsenal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

11:58 BST 31/08/2018
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The Bluebirds are yet to score a goal following their return to the Premier League but this clash promises plenty of entertainment in the final third

Cardiff City have picked up two points from their opening three Premier League games but the Bluebirds face a tough test when they host Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Latest Odds

888Sport make the Gunners 8/15 (1.53) favourites to follow up their win over West Ham with another victory.

Two of the home sides' league games so far have finished all square and another stalemate is priced at 13/4 (4.25) while Neil Warnock's side are 21/4 (6.25) to pick up their first win of the new season.

Team News

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is a long-term absentee while Aron Gunnarsson is unlikely to feature. Junior Hoilett faces a late fitness test after missing the trip to Huddersfield.

Mesut Ozil could return to Arsenal's starting line-up after illness kept him out of their last match. Lucas Torreira came on as a substitute against the Hammers as he continues his journey to full fitness.


These sides haven't played each other since 2014 but previous meetings haven't gone well for the home team. Cardiff haven't beaten Arsenal in 13 attempts, but this match offers an intriguing clash of styles.

Unai Emery is trying to instil a free-flowing, attacking approach at the Emirates while Sunday's opponents focus on defence as their primary objective. That's evident in the fact two of their three games so far have ended 0-0.

However, Arsenal's emphasis on attack has left them vulnerable at the back and the Gunners are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Furthermore, they could have conceded plenty more than the six goals they've leaked thus far.

Tips and predictions

Goals should be the bet for punters here. While the home team are yet to trouble the scorers they've created plenty of good opportunities. Their Expected Goals figure suggests Cardiff should have scored around four times (4.22) and against a leaky Arsenal defence they should get on the board.

Both teams to score is priced at 9/11 (1.82) but the best selection is over 2.5 goals at 13/17 (1.76) with 888Sport. It covers the possibility of Arsenal blowing the hosts away while allowing for the Bluebirds to begin to take the opportunities they've created in previous weeks against a team who have looked vulnerable at the back.

Over 2.5 goals at 13/17 (1.76) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport