Newcastle vs Cardiff 101 Great Goals prediction – Newcastle 1-0 Cardiff
It’s been a tough season for both Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle and Neil Warnock’s Cardiff but they must dust themselves off ahead of this must-win clash.
Both teams find themselves down towards the bottom of the table, with Newcastle narrowly in the relegation zone.
Cardiff are just one point above them and a win for the Magpies would see Warnock’s men back in the drop zone.
However, should the Bluebirds come away with all three points, it would put some daylight between them and their counterparts.
Safe to say, this game could be pivotal in both sides’ season.
Newcastle vs Cardiff: Who will win?
Despite the Premier League table, Newcastle are actually going into the game as favourites.
You can find them at odds of 10/11 to win the game outright despite their last win coming midway through December against Huddersfield.
Meanwhile, Cardiff are the outsiders at odds of 10/3 to win the game outright.
The Bluebirds won a game more recently than Newcastle with Neil Warnock’s side beating Leicester just before the turn of the year.
However, their last outing was a disappointing draw against fellow strugglers Huddersfield.
A 1-0 win for Newcastle, as we predict, is priced at 11/2.
The goalscorers market could also bring you some joy.
Salomon Rondon is the favourite to score first at odds of 5/1 while Mato Joselu is not far behind at odds of 11/2.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s scorer in the FA Cup clash Ayoze Perez is priced at 6/1 to net first.
The most likely scorer for Cardiff according to the betting odds is Callum Paterson.
He is priced at 17/2 to score the first goal of the game.
Newcastle vs Cardiff match preview
What a torrid season it has been for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.
The Toon may be one of the biggest teams in the Premier League in terms of history and fan base but it’s very much a struggle right now.
The Magpies currently sit in the relegation zone and just one point above this weekends opponents.
Should they lose that game, that would put four points between them and safety.
While that may not seem a lot, it could very much prove to be the difference later in the season if their fortunes do not change soon.
Despite going on a nice run of results during November, Benitez’s side are now without a Premier League win in five games.
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While three of their last five have come against Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, it’s not a great position to be in.
It won’t get easier for them either, with Manchester City and Tottenham both up after that Cardiff game.
That’s why this game is so vital.
If Newcastle win this game, it at least gives them some breathing room ahead of the games to come.
Should Cardiff go four points clear and then have possibly two chances to extend the gap even further over the next couple of weeks, that could spell crisis for Newcastle.
With that in mind, this could be one of the most important games of Newcastle’s season.
Will the Bluebirds come out on top?
This game is equally as important for Neil Warnock and his side for the same reasons.
They have faced off against some difficult teams of late with Manchester United and Tottenham coming in their last five fixtures.
Not only that, after the Newcastle game they will face a clash with Arsenal.
If Cardiff want to put some daylight between them and the relegation zone they need to do it now and do it by getting back to scoring ways.
The Bluebirds are the third lowest scorers in the Premier League (19) ahead of their opponents Newcastle (16) and Huddersfield (13).
That is further emphasised by the fact their top goalscorer is Callum Paterson with four goals.
Not to mention the fact he’s actually a central midfielder having to play up front.
Cardiff have reportedly agreed a loan deal for Everton’s Oumar Niasse and he could be in by the weekend but that is still up in the air.
If things can finally click up front then there is no reason why Cardiff can’t come away with a positive result this weekend.
It’s still a big ‘if’, though.
Newcastle team news vs Cardiff
There are a couple of big injury concerns for Newcastle going into this game.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles and his defensive partner Ciaran Clark have recently suffered injuries.
They both struggled during Newcastle’s FA Cup win over Blackburn on Tuesday night.
Speaking after the game, Benitez gave updates on both players.
“Clark, I don’t think will be very serious,” He explained, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.
“Jamaal, we will have to wait. It’s his hamstring, we will see.”
Cardiff team news vs Newcastle
Cardiff are not on the healthy side either in terms of injuries.
Neil Warnock admitted on Wednesday that injuries have hit his side hard but they just have to get on with it.
“It’s been a long season and the players are put through everything,” he explained in a radio interview this week, as quoted by Wales Online.
“We’ve got about four or five out ourselves, but we’ve got to patch them up a bit and get on with it.”
Kenneth Zohore could be a doubt to start the game but Warnock suggested last week he could be on the bench.
Danny Ward could return after a face injury while Callum Paterson is also set to be assessed ahead of the game.
Newcastle predicted starting XI vs Cardiff
Cardiff predicted starting XI vs Cardiff
Newcastle official videos
Cal Roberts spoke to NUFC TV after scoring on his first start for Newcastle United at Ewood Park last night.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 16, 2019
Here’s what Rafa Benítez had to say when he spoke to NUFC TV after last night’s cup tie.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 16, 2019
Ayoze Perez with no support… Who needs support?
What a finish
Newcastle make it 4-2 after Joselu put the visitors back in front in controversial circumstances…
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 15, 2019
Cardiff official videos
— Cardiff City TV (@CardiffCityTV) January 12, 2019
“He gave me a massive hug after the penalty & said ‘Fantasy points!'”
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) January 11, 2019
@vicama8: “I think I’m a better player now than I was six months ago…”
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 11, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.