Everton vs Cardiff City 101 Great Goals prediction: Everton 3-0 Cardiff
Marco Silva’s Everton are one of the most in-form teams in the Premier League and will be looking to continue that trend as they face a buoyed Cardiff side.
The Toffees were not expected to do all that much this season, but their recent form under new boss Marco Silva has suggested that they could seriously mount a challenge for the top six.
Now, they come up against a Cardiff side who are just looking to stay in the Premier League.
Neil Warnock’s side have struggled to adapt to the English top flight and have only won two games so far this season.
However, the second victory came in their last game before the international break, in a win over Brighton and they will be looking to carry that momentum forward.
Everton vs Cardiff City: Who will win?
As expected, Everton go into this game as very heavy favourites.
Their form has been impressive and they have made Goodison Park a fortress of late.
That means the Toffees are as low as 2/5 to win the game this weekend.
Cardiff, meanwhile, were always going to the outsiders.
With only two wins and neither of those coming away from home, Neil Warnock’s side are priced at 6/1 to win the game outright.
So with all that in mind, it’s worth looking at how many goals Everton will score, rather than if they will.
A 3-0 win, as we predict, can be found at odds of 9/1 while a more ambitious 4-0 scoreline can be found at odds of 18/1.
The goalscorer market is also very interesting.
Richarlison is the favourite to score first with very short odds of 15/4, followed by Cenk Tosun at odds of 4/1.
Gyfli Sigurdsson at odds of 13/2 is also a pretty attractive bet, though the player could be a doubt going into this game.
If you really fancy Richarlison after his Brazil goal in midweek, you can find him at odds of 11/2 to score two or more goals, or 22/1 to score three or more goals.
Everton vs Cardiff City match preview
The Toffees really are starting to find their feet this season.
It was a bumpy start to the campaign for new boss Marco Silva, with a string of poor performances showing that old habits were hard to shift.
Everton only had one win from their first six games in the Premier League and convincing defeats against Arsenal and West Ham really didn’t help.
Though, it all changed when the Blues faced Fulham at Goodison Park.
Everton’s attack finally clicked, winning the game 3-0 and restoring some optimism that the fans really needed.
Then, in their next League fixture, they impressed again.
This time it came away from home as Everton beat Leicester 2-1 with a pretty impressive performance.
Positive form continued
The wins kept coming, next up was Crystal Palace at Goodison.
While it took until the 87th minute for the Toffees to grab a goal, they followed that up with another minutes later.
Marco Silva’s men did take a knock to their confidence when they travelled to Old Trafford, however.
While a number of decisions didn’t go their way, especially the penalty which Anthony Martial won, they put in a good performance but eventually lost the game 2-1.
Following that, Everton have beaten Brighton and drawn 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Safe to say, there is currently a feel-good factor surrounding the Toffees.
Richarlison, who scored for Brazil again this week, is going from risky transfer to bargain by the game.
Shrewd loan signing Andre Gomes is the midfielder Everton have been crying out since Mikel Arteta left for Arsenal.
Bernard looks as though he could go on to be a brilliant player, who cost nothing, while Silva has brought out the best in Michael Keane and his defence look much more solid than under previous management.
With all that in mind, Cardiff have a monumental task ahead of them.
Can the Bluebirds avoid embarrassment?
Neil Warnock’s side really have struggled to adapt to the Premier League but they’re slowly starting to find their feet.
They went eight games without a win early on in the season and that had them sat right near the bottom and at risk of relegation.
While there were heavy losses to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, there were some signs that Cardiff were slowly finding their feet.
One of those results came against Arsenal, where the Bluebirds scored two at the Emirates but an Alexandre Lacazette goal meant that Warnock’s side would come away with nothing.
Recently though, things do look more positive than they did in earlier games.
Cardiff recorded their first win of the season over Fulham at the end of last month, winning the game 4-2.
That was a huge win to get Warnock’s side moving in the right direction.
A heavy defeat to Liverpool followed before a narrow defeat to Leicester, though the latter was a pretty close game.
Most recently, Cardiff recorded another win just before the international break.
That came in the form of a 2-1 win over Brighton, who had actually lost to Everton the week before.
Their game this weekend will be among the toughest they have faced this season, but if they can produce a performance like they did against Arsenal back in September, anything is possible.
Everton team news vs Cardiff
There’s quite a bit of big team news for Everton this week.
Both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes, two key players for the Blues, were forced to remain at Finch Farm during the international break due to injury.
There has not been any updates on their fitness as yet, so they could go into the weekend as doubts.
Ademola Lookman also had to return from international duty with the England U21’s due to a ‘minor injury’.
A statement posted on Everton’s website read: “Ademola Lookman has returned to Everton to undergo treatment on a minor injury picked up on international duty with England Under-21s.”
Cardiff team news vs Everton
There is also some team news for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff this week.
Jazz Richards and Kenneth Zohore remain out injured with longer-term injuries first of all.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will likely not feature, as confirmed by Neil Warnock on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Sean Morrison has been cleared to play after suspected concussion in their last game.
Everton predicted starting XI vs Cardiff
Cardiff predicted starting XI vs Everton
Everton official videos
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Cardiff official videos
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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