Cardiff City v Manchester United Preview

November 23, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Premiership action Sunday Afternoon comes from the Cardiff City Stadium featuring Cardiff City versus Manchester United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 16:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Cardiff City v Manchester United Preview, Premiership, Sunday 24th November 2013

Cardiff City head into this game on sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from their latest defeat which came away against Aston Villa 2-0, but they face a difficult task going up against the current defending Premiership Champions Manchester United and Malky Mackay will have to work some magic in the dressing room before the game to get his players in the right mindset for this one.

Manchester United head into the game having looked a mere shadow of their former self over recent years when Alex Ferguson was in charge which is well documented by them having already lost three times from their opening eleven games played this season. David Moyes is obviously still finding his feet but another defeat in this game would certainly see the 50 year old start to come under some serious pressure from the press and fans.

Cardiff City v Manchester United Team News

Cardiff City Team News:

Rudy Gestede and Peter Odemwingie are the only doubts for the hosts and will both under take a late fitness test to see if they can be involved for this game, but there is confidence that each player will be available for selection if required. 4-1-4-1 looks the likely formation that manager Malky Mackay will go for here that will see either Fraizer Campbell or Odemwingie leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Whittingham and Gunnarsson.

Defender Steven Caulker, Midfielder Jordan Mutch and Striker Fraizer Campbell are the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 3 each.

Manchester United Team News:

Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck are unavailable for the visitors as they continue to recover from respective injury problems. Phil Jones, Rafael and Robin Van Persie will all under take late fitness tests to see if they can be involved. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation that manager David Moyes will start with for this game which will see Robin Van Persie leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Wayne Rooney, Kagawa and Valencia.

Striker Robin Van Persie is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 7.

Cardiff City v Manchester United Head to Head Statistics

Sunday afternoon’s game from the Cardiff City Stadium will become the 25th meeting between the two clubs over the years, although this game will be the first since 1962. Cardiff City have won 6 times, Manchester United have won 11 times and there has been 7 draws.

The previous 5 meetings below in our head to head statistics tabe came a very long time ago to really have any influence on this game taking place sunday afternoon, however from those previous 5 games Manchester United had a clear advantage having won 3 with Cardiff City having won just 1 and the remaining match finishing all square.

02/02/62 PRL Manchester United – Cardiff City 3 : 0
16/09/61 PRL Cardiff City – Manchester United
1 : 2
29/04/61 PRL Manchester United – Cardiff City 3 : 3
25/11/60 PRL Cardiff City – Manchester United 3 : 0
27/04/57 PRL Cardiff City – Manchester United
2 : 3

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

82 goals have been scored in the previous 24 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.41 which suggests that this game could see a few goals scored on sunday afternoon.

Cardiff City v Manchester United Recent Form (Left to Right)

Cardiff City: L L D W L

Manchester United: W W W D W

Manchester United completely dominate the recent form statistics having won 4 of their last 5 matches played. Cardiff City have struggled with their form recently having only managed to win 1 of their last 5 of which they have lost 3.

Cardiff City v Manchester United Match Betting Odds Market.

Cardiff City are finding things difficult of late and having won just once in their last five matches played it should come as no real surprise to see the online bookmakers offering out odds of 5/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) for Malky Mackay’s side to win this game.

The Draw not a result that will attract much interest in my opinion, but it does seem to be the best result that Cardiff City can get from this one so it might be worth having a small saver on at generous odds of 3/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Manchester United are the clear favourites to win this match and having won four of their last five games and having their main players available for this game it should be business as usual for David Moyes’ side and for me look value at a current best price of 4/6 with Ladbrokes (£30 Free Bets for New Customers).

Cardiff City v Manchester United Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This would turn out to be one shock indeed if Cardiff City were able to somehow win this game, but it does seem very unlikely as Manchester United seem to have turned the corner now this season with their form and after beating current league leaders Arsenal 1-0 last time out the confidence of the players will be at an all time high and this could end up being a heavy defeat for the hosts come sunday afternoon.

Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both banging in the goals this season and both look well worth being on for Anytime Goalscorer in this game especially with the goal stats suggesting this match to see a few scored. I also like the Total Match Goals 2 or 3 market as when Manchester United take a two goal lead they usually sit deep and play possession football, so this could also be value.

However, the stand out bet for me has to be a Manchester United victory as although their odds are slight odds on they still represent value in my opinion for those who like to bet big.

The Verdict

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