Premier League Previews for week 24 matches along with Prediction. Included in my preview is my pick, statistical analysis for each team, recent form, and betting odds.
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Despite bringing in a new manager Cardiff are currently at the bottom of the table with just 18 points. They have really struggled to score goals this season with just 17. They have averaged 0.7 goals scored which increases to 0.9 per game scored at home. However, they have allowed 1.7 goals per game which also increases at home to 1.9.
They have averaged a pass completion rate of 75% while maintaining an average possession of 45%.
While Cardiff has done fairly well in the FA Cup, they have struggled in the Premier League with their last win coming in the 1-0 home win over West Brom back on December 12. Since then they have managed just one draw, 2-2 at home to Sunderland and have not been able to limit a team to fewer than two goals scored.
They could struggle even more with scoring goals now that Jordan Mutch has sustained an injury and is listed as questionable. While Mutch has contributed with three assists and four goals they do still have leading scorer Frazier Campbell, with five goals, and leading assist making Pete Whittingham, four assists, both available.
Norwich City has not fared much better than Cardiff as they have scored just 18 goals this season, but are in 12th place with 24 points. Their most recent 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle was their eighth clean sheet of the season.
They have looked somewhat better recently despite three losses in their last six matches. Following their 5-1 loss Liverpool they have made themselves harder to break down and have only allowed more than one goal against Fulham at home (1-2) and Everton away (2-0).
Their lack of scoring has hampered them and they have averaged just 0.8 goals per game, dropping to 0.6 on the road. Their defensive record is skewed by previous season results as they have allowed an average of 1.5 goals per game which increases to 2.2 on the road.
In their last nine matches these averages do change to allowing 0.7 goals per game and scoring 0.6 per game.
In their last six head to head matches Cardiff has won one with three draws and two Norwich wins. This changes to three Cardiff wins, one draw and two Norwich wins with Cardiff at home.
My pick is a low scoring draw with neither team doing much scoring lately. I would give Cardiff the edge as they are the home team and have fared better at home this season.
Betting Odds (Ladbrokes):
Cardiff win: 2.25; Draw: 3.40; Norwich win: 3.10
Form: Cardiff (L, D, L, L, L, L) Norwich (L, L, D, L, W, D)
Prediction: Cardiff City 1 – 1 Norwich City
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