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Cardiff v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on September 01, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Cardiff City host Arsenal at the Cardiff City Stadium, as the Gunners look to record back-to-back league victories.

Cardiff has yet to record a victory on their return to the Premier League, picking up just two points from their opening three top-flight games this season. The Bluebirds suffered a 3-1 home defeat in midweek in the Carabao Cup.

Last time out in the Premier League, Neil Warnock’s side picked up a goalless draw at Huddersfield. The draw means that the Welsh side has failed to score in any of their three Premier League games so far this season.

One positive for the home side is that they have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games. The Bluebirds have lost their last three encounters with Arsenal in all competitions. The Welsh side has also failed to score against the visitors in the last four meetings.

Arsenal have enjoyed a mixed start to their Premier League campaign, losing their opening two league games before defeating West Ham 3-1 last time out in unconvincing fashion.

To say the Gunners have been inconsistent in recent games in the Premier League would be an understatement, as the north London side have lost five and won four of their previous nine games in the top-flight.

The visitor’s recent away record in the Premier League is woeful, as they have suffered defeat in eight of their last nine games on their travels in the English top-flight. The Gunners have also conceded at least two goals in five of their last six away games in the Premier League. The visitors have scored in ten of their last 11 away games in the top-flight, though.

Team News

The home side are expected to be without veteran midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing through injury, while winger Junior Hoilett is a major fitness doubt.

Arsenal are still without the defensive quartet of Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles due to injury. German playmaker Mesut Ozil missed out against West Ham through illness and is still a doubt for this clash.

Betting News

Arsenal are odds of 11/20 to record a win over Cardiff, while the draw is odds of 7/2 and the home side are odds of 21/4 to record a shock victory.

The Gunners do head to Wales with a poor recent away record in the top-flight. However, this game seems like the perfect opportunity for the visitors to improve that poor record.

Will Arsenal win at Cardiff on Sunday?

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