Tottenham’s winning run came to an abrupt half at Wembley when they were outplayed by Wolves, a result Pochettino would not have expected from his inform team. Fatigue was to blame by the Spurs manager and with another quick turnaround away to a fighting Cardiff who find themselves out of the relegation following their win over Leicester, Harry Kane and co. will have to dig deep if they want to get back to wining ways on New Year’s Day. Form Labs bring you their betting preview for the game and don’t forget to check out our New Years Day enhanced odds for the Premier League if you are after some additional value!
Cardiff Taken Apart At Home By Big Six
Prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking the reins at United, the Bluebirds had put together a highly impressive run of four wins from five games at the Cardiff City Stadium.
However, these victories came over Fulham, Brighton, Wolves and Southampton, while the reinvigorated Red Devils pummelled them 5-1.
That’s hardly the only time they’ve been taken to the slaughter by a ‘Big Six’ opponent however, with Man City triumphing 5-0 in their previous home game against such a team, while both Liverpool and Chelsea have taken them apart 4-1.
That said they do come into the game off the back of a battling away win over Leicester.
Goals On The Road For Spurs
Spurs are in a similarly rich vein of goal-scoring form at present, recently putting six past Everton and five against Bournemouth, although they did come crashing back down to earth with that 3-1 loss at home to Wolves.
Having netted at least twice in eight of 11 matches on their travels this term, Neil Warnock and his men should be braced for another onslaught.
Indeed, Spurs won nine of those 11 road trips, while they’ve been utterly dominant against promoted sides under Mauricio Pochettino as they’ve won 11 of 13 unbeaten games on their travels versus such opposition.
They did however only keep five clean sheets across these, while Cardiff have demonstrated their ability to score at home as they’ve done so in six of their last seven.
Goals The Order Of The Day?
With that in mind, we’re expecting plenty of final-third action in this clash. In fact, five of Cardiff’s six encounters with ‘Big Six’ teams have seen at least five goals, while they were also behind by the half-time whistle in five of these as only the Gunners – who have struggled to make fast starts this term – failed to take a lead into the break.
When excluding Spurs’ encounters with fellow ‘Big Six’ teams, they’ve completed the half-time/full-time double in seven of nine road trips, and so it’s difficult to see Cardiff fans enjoying their Tuesday evening.
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