Manchester United v Cardiff City - Football Live Match Preview

Manchester United v Cardiff

Manchester United will look to end their season on a high as they take on relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford.

PaddyPower Pre-Match Odds: Manchester United 1/4, Draw 5/1, Cardiff 9/1*

 

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United have endured another disappointing season in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, littered with poor results, managerial upheaval and alleged player unrest.

 

Last week saw arguably one of their poorest results and performances of the season as they laboured to a 1-1 draw away at rock-bottom Huddersfield, a result which ended their slim hopes of challenging for the top four.

 

A big summer lies ahead for new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with several players out of contract and reports linking others with moves away, though preparations have already begun with the news that Mike Phelan has become the full-time assistant boss once again.

 

For now though, they will look to arrest an alarming dip in form, which has seen them fail to win in five games in all competitions, as the best they can now hope for is to leapfrog Arsenal to finish fifth.

 

One positive note for United is the news that Antonio Valencia is fit enough to receive a farewell appearance after nearly 10 years at Old Trafford.

 

The Ecuadorian has been injured for virtually all of Solskjaer’s reign but will be fit to make an appearance.

 

Cardiff head to Old Trafford having had their relegation confirmed by Crystal Palace last weekend, following a 3-2 home loss.

 

The Bluebirds have never lacked spirit or determination under Neil Warnock but have ultimately lacked quality at the crucial moments.

 

Like United, there is nothing to play for other than pride though they will head to Manchester looking to redress the 5-1 loss at home in December – Solskjaer’s first game in charge.

 

Despite United’s form, Cardiff may find this a very tough test – they have lost nine of their past 11 Premier League games.

 

And, Warnock has been dealt with two blows before the game, with loanees Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa both ruled out through injury, with the pair now having played their last games for the club.

 

BETTING ANALYSIS

 

Manchester United will be looking to end their disappointing season on a high when they take on Cardiff City at Old Trafford. 

 

After a period of stability, crisis has made its way back into the Manchester United team. Only a few months ago everything was looking up for the Red Devils however, a run of defeats, lacklustre performances and continuous controversies have seen the English giants miss out on Champions League football. 

 

All of a sudden, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his job when he takes on his old side from south Wales.  

 

Cardiff will certainly not be doing Solskjaer any favours with Neil Warnock’s side wanting to leave the Premier League in memorable fashion. 

 

Looking at the betting, Manchester don’t offer much value despite their woeful results of late. With that in mind, the recommendation is to back the away side in the double chance market. 

 

A Cardiff victory or a draw is currently priced at 29/10 which isn’t a bad offer considering United only managed a bore 1-1 draw with bottom of the table Huddersfield Town last week. 

 

Recommendation

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Predictions
Markets Odds Probability %
1st Goal Before 30 Minutes 1.83
61%
Goals In Last 15 Minutes  
58%
Last Goal After 73 Minutes 1.83
58%
Over 0.5 In 1st Half 1.22
58%
Over 2.5 In Full Time 1.42
56%
Both Teams To Score 1.78
56%

Simulation

Cardiff City vs Manchester United

There is a 19.2% chance of a draw.
In simulations where the game is not a draw Manchester United, at 72.4%, are heavy favorites to beat Cardiff City who have a 8.5% chance.
In simulation wins, Cardiff City upsets Manchester United by averaging 7.4 shots and 3.2 shots on goal.
They average 1.8 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses.
Overall, the average simulation score is Manchester United 2.1 to Cardiff City 0.6.

Cardiff City

Players Shots SG Goals G%
Josh Murphy 1.25 0.41 0.12 11.12%
Place Team GP Won Draw Lost GF GA +/- Points
1 Manchester City 38 32 2 4 95 23 72 98
2 Liverpool 38 30 7 1 89 22 67 97
3 Chelsea 38 21 9 8 63 39 24 72
4 Tottenham 38 23 2 13 67 39 28 71
5 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 73 51 22 70
6 Manchester United 38 19 9 10 65 54 11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 16 9 13 47 46 1 57
8 Everton 38 15 9 14 54 46 8 54
9 Leicester City 38 15 7 16 51 48 3 52
10 West Ham United 38 15 7 16 52 55 -3 52
11 Watford 38 14 8 16 52 59 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 14 7 17 51 53 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 12 9 17 42 48 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 13 6 19 56 70 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 11 7 20 45 68 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 9 12 17 45 65 -20 39
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 38 9 9 20 35 60 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 10 4 24 34 69 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 7 5 26 34 81 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 3 7 28 22 76 -54 16

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