Premier League: Cardiff vs Wolverhampton Wanderers preview


Two of this season's newly-promoted teams clash on Friday evening at Cardiff City Stadium in a match that both sides are hoping to win. Last season, when both teams were playing in the Championship, Wolves won 1-0 at Cardiff thanks to a goal from Ruben Neves after Cardiff had won the reverse fixture 2-1. There haven't been any draws in the last ten direct matches between the two sides, the last draw was all the way back in 2009. Overall, Cardiff have won six of the last ten direct meetings, while Wolves have only managed to win on four occasions. Five of the last six direct matches had at least two goals scored in them.

Cardiff have finally managed to grab their first wins of the season, 4-2 over Fulham and 2-1 against Brighton, but they are still in the relegation zone after having collected just eight points from the first thirteen matches of the season. Last week they lost 1-0 at Everton, a deserved defeat after having just one shot on goal and just 29% ball possession. They will need to do a lot better than that at home, but Wolves are very dangerous on counter-attacks. Kenneth Zohore has a calf injury and won't be available for the home side, while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is a doubt.

Wolverhampton have had a decent season so far, always posing a threat to the teams that have played against them and snatching a fair share of points and surprising results. They have won four matches in the Premier League so far and are in eleventh place in the league table, eight points clear of the relegation zone. However, they have not won any of their last five matches, and lost four of them. The only good result during that streak was the 1-1 draw that they grabbed at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, but after that they lost 2-0 at home against Huddersfield. Jonny is the only injury concern for the away side ahead of Friday's match.

Probable line-ups:

Cardiff: Etheridge - Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham - Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Arter - Harris, Paterson, Murphy

Wolves: Patricio - Bennett, Coady, Boly - Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Vinagre - Costa, Jimenez, Cavaleiro

My prediction: 1-1 draw, it's time for a stalemate between these two after ten matches without a draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Cardiff win - 3.75
Draw - 3.30
Wolves win - 2.20

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