Cardiff City vs Everton 101 Great Goals prediction: Cardiff City 1-2 Everton
Cardiff will be looking to bounce back from a heavy home defeat to Watford on Friday night, against an Everton side failing to impress under Marco Silva.
The Bluebirds had won their previous two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Southampton, prior to the Watford shellacking.
That has lifted them out of the relegation zone and it is now beginning to look like a straight battle with Southampton for the third and final relegation spot.
Everton and Marco Silva have really struggled in recent months.
The Toffees have been unable to score, unable to create and unable to defend for a few months now, which is far from ideal.
Marco Silva is in just as much need of a win as Cardiff are and that could make for a pretty feisty game.
Cardiff City vs Everton: Who will win?
Despite Cardiff’s form of late and Everton’s woes, it’s actually the away side who go into the game as favourites.
The Toffees are priced at 21/20 to win the game, which is about what you would expect in all honesty.
While they have not impressed of late, they still have plenty of quality in the squad and should have enough on paper to beat Cardiff.
Though, with Everton’s results of late, you wouldn’t be slated for backing Cardiff.
They are priced at a hefty 5/2 considering the circumstances going into the game.
The best bet you can place when it comes to an Everton game is always both teams to score.
Everton are everything but solid at the back and are always vulnerable to a mistake.
However, they still have an attack capable of getting goals.
Both teams to score on its own is priced at 4/5.
A Cardiff City win and BTTS is priced at 6/1, while an Everton win and BTTS is priced at 15/4.
A draw and BTTS is priced at 10/3.
Cardiff City vs Everton match preview
The Bluebirds are finally starting to hit form.
Despite being down towards the bottom for the majority of the season, Cardiff are now out of the relegation zone.
Having only won five games before 2019, Neil Warnock’s side have now won their last two games, prior to the Watford match.
They were not against bad teams either.
Warnock’s side impressively bested Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who have been brilliant at times this season.
Even more impressively, Bournemouth had just beaten Chelsea 4-0.
That win was followed up by a 2-1 win over Southampton a week later.
Whilst Watford put Cardiff to the sword, there is no shame on Cardiff’s part in losing to a side that is competing for the “best of the rest” title in seventh.
Now, with Cardiff just one point above the drop, a win against Everton would be huge in their quest for survival.
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Can Marco Silva turn it around at the Toffees?
It would be an understatement to say that Everton and Marco Silva are struggling right now.
Despite looking pretty good from the beginning of the season to November, Everton are now struggling to get results.
The Toffees have only won two Premier League games in seven attempts in 2019 and pressure truly is mounting on Marco Silva.
Everton’s defence remains a worry, while the club are now struggling to create chances too.
The Toffees are one of the worst teams in terms of set-piece goals conceded this season and even let in three against Millwall in the FA Cup.
Despite having creative players such as Richarlison, Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes, chances are hard to come by.
For a team with aspirations of challenging for the Champions League spots, not being able to score or defend adequately is pretty worrying.
Following Everton’s struggles, Marco Silva is well and truly under fire.
The Portuguese boss was expected to guide Everton into a new era but some are now looking at it as a false dawn.
Safe to say, if Marco Silva is to succeed as Everton boss and keep fans on his side, he needs to get back to winning ways and fast.
Though, should he lose or even draw against Cardiff this weekend, those questions over his future will continue to get louder.
Cardiff team news vs Everton
Predicting the Cardiff team is far from simple for this fixture.
Mainly because Neil Warnock confirmed that there has been “a bit of a big going round” the Cardiff camp.
Warnock also confirmed that he also has an eye on the clash with Wolves on Saturday as well.
Bobby Reid and Lee Peltier were the ones hit hardest by the bug against Watford, but should be available for this match.
Victor Camarasa has been out with injury recently and Warnock has admitted publicly at least twice now that Cardiff and his parent club Real Betis don’t see eye to eye over his current problem.
With that in mind, it may be unlikely Camarasa will feature.
Sean Morrison returned to the team against Watford and could feature again against Everton.
Oumar Niasse is also ineligible to face his parent club.
Everton team news vs Cardiff
The biggest blow for Everton comes in the form of central defender Kurt Zouma.
The Frenchman received two yellow cards after the full-time whistle against Watford, meaning he will miss the Cardiff clash due to a one-game suspension.
Yerry Mina could come into the side to replace Zouma, though the Colombian has been struggling with injury recently.
Mina did not feature in the squad against Watford and the latest news the day before the game is that he is still a doubt for the trip to Cardiff.
Both Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka have also struggled with injury lately but could return on Tuesday.
Jagielka is the obvious choice to replace Mina, if the Colombian doesn’t make it.
Cardiff predicted XI vs Everton
Everton predicted XI vs Cardiff
Cardiff official videos
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Everton official videos
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| “He scores when he wants!”
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| “@JackRodwell… is he going to go all the way?! HE IS! WHAT A MOMENT!”
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.