Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions – Tuesday 1st January 2019

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Previous Match Tips

Cardiff will head into New Year outside of the drop zone, a fine achievement for manager Neil Warnock given his side’s limited budget and one in the eye for those who claimed the manager was doomed to fail at this level. So far it’s been their home record which has kept them out of danger but can they claim some more valuable points at the Cardiff City Stadium this Tuesday?

As for Tottenham, we’ll see if they are able to improve on their superb away record. No club in the Premier League has collected more points, or scored more goals, away from home than Spurs. With a record like this, Mauricio Pochettino will be expecting a response from his men following Saturday’s surprise loss on home soil to Wolves.

Top Tips

Tottenham to Win with -1 Goal Handicap @ 11/10

Harry Kane to Score @ 4/6

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Cardiff City News: Warnock with no significant absentees

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At such a busy time of the year, the experienced Warnock will be pleased that his injury list is so small. He is set to come into the New Year with just three injured men including Jazz Richards and Danny Ward. The pair only started a combined 11 matches for Cardiff last season so neither have been sorely missed. Kenneth Zohore is the only other name who remains in the treatment room, with a return expected in a couple of weeks’ time. Although the Danish striker was a favoured option last season, he’s struggled to cope with the rigours of Premier League and is now firmly second choice. As such, the hosts are likely to be more or less at full strength here and will fancy their chances on home soil.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Title push falls at first hurdle

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By beating Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Tottenham moved into second place in the table, triggering talks of a possible title challenge. The bookies slashed their price of claiming a first Premier League trophy to 8/1 but their 3-1 defeat to Wolves saw them quickly rise back to 20/1. Speaking before the loss, Pochettino described his men as title intruders rather than challengers. It appears there may be little more intrusion from them now though having fallen nine points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Pochettino explains Lamela absence

Had he been fit, Erik Lamela would have surely come on for Tottenham against Wolves in an attempt to give his side some more dynamism and aggression. The Argentine unexpectedly missed out on a place in the matchday squad despite being on the bench against Bournemouth last Wednesday. His manager was quick to explain the omission, stating he had not been at his best (physically) in recent days. Given no serious issue is present, there is a decent chance the creative midfielder could make a return this Tuesday.

Analysis: Title talk a hindrance for Spurs

It would be wrong to think that it was a mere coincidence that Tottenham’s fine run of form ended as soon as they were branded as title contenders. As much as Pochettino has helped improve this Spurs side, they’ve rarely thrived when high expectations have been placed on them. Now seemingly ruled out of title contention, a more relaxed Spurs could well return to their best this Tuesday.

Cardiff in danger of being outclassed

Warnock deserves a huge amount of credit for keeping Cardiff out of the relegation zone given their limited resources but he’s found life tough against the Premier League big boys and that can’t come as a surprise given the gulf in class they face on such occasions.

The Bluebirds have faced all of the current top six and haven’t claimed a single point during this time. On four of these occasions they’ve lost by a margin of at least three goals. This makes a Spurs -1 goal victory (10/11) a tempting bet as the London club tend to thrive against newly promoted teams. They did lose to Wolves at the weekend but prior to this Pochettino had won 25 of 27 tests against Premier League new boys.

Kane regains eye for goal

A player of Harry Kane’s quality was never going to stay quiet for too long. The Englishman went four games without scoring earlier in December but has since fired home four times in his last three outings. His powerful strike against Wolves was one of the highest quality and he’s not a player who is any less deadly on his travels. Eight of his 13 league strikes this season have come away from Wembley, helping Tottenham become the league’s leading scorers away from home. Cardiff are the only current top flight side that the 25-year-old hasn’t scored against but you should back him at 4/6 to complete his collection. For a bigger return, we also like the look of the World Cup Golden Boot winner to notch two or more at 3/1.

Recent Matches

It’s been over 57 years since Cardiff last beat Tottenham during a league match. Despite this record, the Welsh outfit have at least been able to keep the scoreline close on many occasions. Only once since beating Spurs in 1961 have Cardiff lost to the London club by more than one goal.

6th October 2018: Tottenham 1 – 0 Cardiff City

For the third consecutive time Spurs beat Cardiff 1-0 but three points was not enough to satisfy Pochettino. The Argentine said that his side “need to improve a lot” despite equalling their best start to a Premier League season. The hosts took an early lead but were unable to capitalise on the 58th minute red card shown to Joe Ralls after he hacked down Lucas Moura. In fact it was Cardiff who came closest to scoring after this as Sean Morrison saw his effort turned onto the post by Hugo Lloris. This win made it three 1-0 victories in a row for Tottenham in this fixture.

2nd March 2014: Tottenham 1 - 0 Cardiff City

Roberto Soldado didn’t score too many goals for Tottenham during his stint at White Hart Lane but he grabbed the winner in this match. Ending a run of eight games without a goal, the Spaniard looked relieved as he applied the finishing touch to a swift break. Cardiff almost levelled through former Spurs man Steven Caulker but the defender could only find the bar from two yards out. Little of note happened after this with Spurs boss Tim Sherwood calling it an ‘ugly’ win.

22nd September 2013: Cardiff City 0 - 1 Tottenham

Despite their early dominance, Spurs were almost caught out when Fraizer Campbell was sent through on goal. Keeper Lloris came out to smother the danger with his hands, but the home crowd were adamant he did so outside the box. The referee remained uninterested as Spurs re-asserted their authority on the match. Cardiff shot stopper David Marshall was at his best to deny the visitors on several occasions but he could do nothing about Paulinho’s injury time winner from close range.

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