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Premier League Saturday: Burnley v Cardiff

Turf Moor’s Relegation Dog Fight! Cardiff Head To Burnley Knowing This Is A Game They Must Win! Manager Comments. Team News. Stats and Prediction

By: Marc Gingell

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock will know that his team have to win this one and hope that Southampton and Brighton both lose. If that happens the Premier Leagues scrap to avoid 18th place could go to the wire with four teams desperately trying to escape the drop. 

Burnley have won their last two but before that, they lost four after winning two. Today they will need their winning mentality to turn up.

13/4/2019 Turf Moor Burnley (15) v Cardiff City (18)
KO:15:00 REF: M Dean

Burnley Team News

  • Retired From Professional Football on 22/3: Jonathan Walters.
  • Unknown Return Date: Aaron Lennon Knee injury. Steven Defour Calf injury. Peter Crouch Abdominal injury.

Cardiff City Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Alex Smithies Shoulder injury. Sol Bamba Knee injury. Matthew Connolly Ankle injury. Callum Paterson Ankle injury

Referee Mike Dean

When Mike Dean sent Ashley Young off against Wolves he completed 100 Premier League Red cards making him the first referee to achieve that. Now he will be looking to start on his double ton and he’s back at Turf Moor. Last time out there he had his face off with Mauricio Pochettino which lead to Poch being banned from the touchline for two games!

Pattaya One: Mike Dean and Neil Warnock.

It will be interesting to see how Neil Warnock and Dean interact today. Neil’s fresh from his recent face-off with the officials after the rough justice that his team received against Chelsea, for which he has been summoned to discuss with the FA, and it will be interesting to see what happens if there are any contentious decisions against Burnley.

Opta Stats

  • Burnley haven’t lost a home game against Cardiff since May 1988 (1-2), winning six and drawing eight since then.
  • Cardiff haven’t lost consecutive matches against Burnley since the 1999-00 campaign in the third tier.
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyce has never lost against Neil Warnock, winning four of his five matches against the Cardiff boss (D1).
  • Burnley have won their last two Premier League games, each by a margin of two goals. The last time they won three in a row by 2+ goals in the top-flight was back in October 1968 (a run of four).
  • Cardiff have lost five of their last six Premier League games (W1), with a victory against West Ham the only exception in that run.
  • Burnley have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone (W7 D6).
  • Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has had a hand in four goals in three league starts against Cardiff (three goals, one assist), although his last goal against them came back in March 2012.
  • Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa has scored two goals in his last three Premier League games, as many as he’d netted in his previous 21 in the competition.
  • Ashley Barnes has scored 10 league goals for Burnley this season – only Danny Ings in 2014-15 (11) has netted more in a single Premier League campaign for the Clarets.
  • Cardiff’s nine away league goals this season have been netted by eight different players, with Sol Bamba the only Bluebird to score more than once on the road.

Prediction

Cardiff will battle, as they’ve battled all season, but this challenge could be too much for them.

Burnley 3 – 0 Cardiff City

 

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