Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Cardiff City v. Newcastle United
Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
The bookies actually are giving Cardiff the upper hand here in what’s expected to be a low-scoring encounter (under 3 goals).
Cardiff is not expected to get much of anything out of this season and they were well beaten by Bournemouth last week, two to nothing. Overall I think their performance coincided with what was expected, and despite being given the advantage here at home, I don’t think Cardiff will actually walk away with a win here.
Newcastle was denied the opening day win we thought they would by a ridiculous margin of 9mm (1/3 of an inch for all you imperial folk — like me). I don’t expect that to happen again, they played plenty well for the win, and I think they were rather unlucky.
Bold Predictions (tally will be kept on players identified and teams at the bottom of this running series):
- Winner: Newcastle
- Final Score: 2-1
- Team 1: Perez, Muto
- Team 2: Zohore
Accountability Statistics for Matchday 1:
- Winner: 7-3 (70% correct)
- Score: 3-7 (30% correct)
- Goal Scorers: 7-29 (19.4% correct)
Last Updated: August 14, 2018