Cardiff vs Arsenal: Bluebirds to end goal drought
Cardiff vs Arsenal Match Preview and Predictions
[All odds correct at time of publication]
When is it? Sunday 2nd September
What time is kick-off? 13:30
Where is it being played? Cardiff City Stadium
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League
Who is the referee? Anthony Taylor
Promoted Cardiff will hope to at least end their goal drought when they face their toughest test of the season so far against Arsenal.
Neil Warnock's men are the only team in the top four divisions of English football yet to score a league goal going into a run of three successive matches against 'big six' teams.
Arsenal enjoyed their first win under Unai Emery last weekend after coming from behind to earn a 3-1 victory against West Ham.
Cardiff vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Here are our three best bets for the match:
Cardiff are without a goal since their return to the Premier League but have two points on the board thanks to stalemates against Newcastle and Huddersfield.
They have not been as bad offensively as their results suggest, with an average xG of 0.96 showing they have created enough chances to get on the scoresheet.
That was certainly the case last week at 10-man Huddersfield and although this should be a tougher fixture, Arsenal's defence ranks 18th so far for chances allowed.
Only Huddersfield and West Ham have conceded more chances than the Gunners, so both teams to score at 4/5 is the first of our Cardiff vs Arsenal betting tips.
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Arsenal have gone behind in all three matches so far, with the 25 minutes it took West Ham to take the lead last week the longest the Gunners' defence has held firm.
The hosts will be fired up for their first visit of one of the big six and we're including Cardiff to score first at 21/10 in our Cardiff vs Arsenal predictions.
Arsenal should ultimately have too much quality, though, and a 2-1 win for the visitors at 8/1 gets the nod in the correct score betting.
First goalscorer tips
Cardiff are the 5/1 underdogs to beat Arsenal and that means there is plenty of value for a Bluebirds player to open the scoring.
Set-pieces are always a key part of Warnock's game plan and having gone close last week, Sean Morrison is worth a speculative punt at 20/1.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Arsenal pushed both full-backs forward against West Ham last week and Hector Bellerin provided the assist for two of their goals.
The Spaniard found the net three times last season and if he is to get into the box regularly again, we like the look of 10/1 for Bellerin to score on Sunday.
Where the game will be won and lost
Arsenal must prepare themselves for a physical battle if they are to avoid an upset in south Wales.
It looks the sort of fixture that Arsenal have traditionally struggled in and the likes of Morrison and Sol Bamba will be quick to let the Gunners forwards know they are in a game.
Cardiff will be backed by a passionate home crowd and Arsenal must weather an early storm if they are to take control.
Arsenal are almost certain to dominate possession but could be undone at set-pieces, with Morrison's long throws always a danger.
Emery will hope his summer signings have added steel to his line-up as they look to improve on a dismal record of 11 away defeats last season.
Many punters will see this as a comfortable away win given Cardiff's lack of goals but it could be a tough afternoon if Arsenal produce another slow start.
Cardiff's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has been ruled out for three months after damaging knee ligaments, and fellow wideman Junior Hoilett faces a fitness test on a groin injury that has ruled him out for two weeks. Aron Gunnarsson will not return until after the international break because of a knee injury.
Mesut Ozil has recovered from illness and is available for Arsenal. The 29-year-old missed the win over West Ham but has trained all week.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Cardiff have failed to find the net and will hope to keep it tight against Arsenal, who could struggle to break down a packed defence. Neil Warnock will have the Bluebirds well organised and we're not expecting many goals in this one.