Cardiff City v Stoke City: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Cardiff City Stadium
Friday 18 April 2014
Cardiff’s win at Southampton last week had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talking again of the miracles his players believe they can perform to stay up. And, if they beat Stoke, they will end the day level on points with Norwich, who are currently outside the relegation zone.
If that is supreme motivation for the Bluebirds, Stoke, on the other hand, should be relatively relaxed. They are mathematically safe, and currently sit in the top half of the table. However, this seems to have inspired them rather than leading Mark Hughes’ men to slack off, and Stoke are currently on their best run of the season.
If Cardiff get three points, their chances of survival will take a huge boost – if they fail to win, then next week’s meeting with Sunderland will gain even more pressure.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Stoke City 0 Cardiff City 0, Premier League, December 2013
Cardiff City 0 Stoke City (Walters 2), FA Cup, January 2011
Stoke City 1 (Tuncay) Cardiff City 1 (Chopra), FA Cup, January 2011
Cardiff have conceded 9 goals in their last two home games
Stoke have won five of their last seven games – they had only won six in 27 league matches before that
Cardiff have been unable to beat Stoke in any of the last 7 meetings between the sides, going back to November 2006
Only Fulham have conceded more times than Cardiff, who have let in 64 goals in the league this season
Stoke have only won twice away from home this season – the worst record in the league, along with Norwich and Cardiff.
Mark Hughes’ team are just four points away from equalling their highest ever tally in the Premier League
Cardiff City to win: 2.5
Stoke City to win: 2.75
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm
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