Match Preview – Cardiff City vs Everton

After a 5-1 humbling at the hands of Watford five days previously, Cardiff return to the Cardiff City Stadium to take on Marco Silva’s Everton. The visitors are currently on a run of three consecutive defeats and have slipped to 11th in the table. Just nine points in their last 10 games, Cardiff playing an out of form side on the back of that humiliating defeat could be the perfect recipe for a strong response from Neil Warnock’s men.

Head-to-Head

Everton have won 6 of the last 9 meetings between the two clubs, dating all the way back to a 5-1 win in 1961. Everton and Cardiff’s head-to-head records are separated by only one win, but there have been only three meetings since 1980, all of which Cardiff are winless.

The reverse fixture back in October ended in a 1-0 victory for The Toffees, Gylfi Sigurdsson bagging the only goal of a tight affair just after the hour mark. The Bluebirds huffed and puffed in the second half but failed to create any clear cut chances as they remained without a win away from home.

Key Match-Up: Kenneth Zohore vs Michael Keane

With Oumar Niasse unable to play against his former club, the attacking responsibilities falls on the shoulders of a rejuvenated Kenneth Zohore for the midweek clash against Everton. With Kurt Zouma out through suspension and Yerry Mina questionable for Tuesday, Zohore’s main competition will be former Burnley defender Michael Keane. A centre back that certainly isn’t the slowest and also dominant in the air, Keane will prove a more than capable test, should Zohore get the starting spot he’s strongly expected to. Zohore isn’t known for his aerial ability, so a physical battle and lots of breaks down the channel are on the cards, a battle Zohore could easily come out on top of.

Predicted Line Up’s:

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Gunnarsson, Arter, Ralls, Paterson, Decordova-Reid & Zohore.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison & Tosun.

Will Everton’s firepower and strength in depth with attacking options be too much for Cardiff to handle? Possibly. Gylfi Sigurdsson is one of the finest attacking midfielders in the league, and should he be allowed the same space the Watford midfielders were on Friday by Cardiff, it could be a long night for the Welsh side. With Zohore’s previously mentioned confidence coming back bit-by-bit, it remains doubtful that Cardiff will lack the threat they did back in November at Goodison Park, so it all comes down to who can take their chances and who will lock up at the back enough to earn a valuable win

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