Cardiff vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up and Prediction
Arsenal will take on Cardiff City on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium, where the league leaders will be looking to extend their lead at the top in the Premier League.
The Gunners returned back to form after the international break, as they earned back to back victories against Southampton and Marseille. But most importantly, several key players have returned from injury and there is a healthy competition for the starting place in the squad.
This will be the first league meetings between the two sides since 1962. The Gunners have the best away record in the Premier League – 4 Wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. They have won 9 of their last 11 matches in the Premier League and therefore are firm favourites to win this tie as well. The Gunners are 8/13 with Ladbrokes to win this match on Saturday.
Cardiff City on the other hand are not in great form at the moment having won just 1 of their last 6 matches. However, they are a dangerous opposition at home – having defeated Manchester City and earned draws against Manchester United and Everton. Frazier Campbell scored a brilliant goal against United in the last match and he is 3/1 with Ladbrokes to score at anytime in the match.
Manager Malky Mackay will miss the services of Rudy Gestede through injury but he is the only absentee for the home side. Andreas Cornelius came on as a sub against United in the last match and he’s expected to start from the bench once again.
Theo Walcott returned to full fitness and will be pushing for a starting berth. But, Wenger will still miss the services of Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Ryo Miyaichi. Kieran Gibbs, the left-back has returned to the squad after illness.
Arsene Wenger has few selection headaches for this game. Santi Cazorla is expected to return to the starting line-up, while Mikel Arteta could start as well.
Prediction: 1-2; Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Cardiff in all competitions and should snatch yet another away victory.