Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Wales on New Year’s Day knowing they face a buoyant Cardiff City side in what promises to be intriguing tussle.
Spurs looked tired in their defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers and have had just two days rest and are still without several injured aces.
The Bluebirds, meanwhile, are have done okay over the festive period with a win over Leicester City in their last match on Saturday.
Eric Dier got the winner in Spurs’ 1-0 victory in the clash between the two sides earlier this season. But will they get a vital win in the evening kick off this time?
Cardiff have lost all three of their Premier League meetings with Tottenham 1-0 and since losing to Aston Villa in 2008, Spurs have won their last five Premier League matches on New Year’s Day.
In addition, Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 11 away Premier League matches against newly promoted teams and the England captain has been involved in six goals in his last two Premier League games on 1 January (four goals, two assists).
Cardiff, though, have won eight of their 11 home matches in the top four tiers of English football on New Year’s Day, with their only defeat being a 0-5 loss to Maidstone United in 1992.
What the managers are saying
Neil Warnock (Cardiff City): “If you’d said four points from Christmas, we’d had snapped your hand off. But it makes tomorrow more enjoyable. The pressure is so much at the bottom.
“My problem is team selection, I’ve got one more call to make which I’ll do now. I always stop up at midnight so I’m glad it’s 5.30 kick off so I get another couple of hours in bed.”
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “We know very well because of the experience if you’re not 100 per cent in every single game in the Premier League it can happen.
“It’s not enough to play 60 or 70 minutes, you need to play 95 minutes at your best. Like today we dropped a little bit in our energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals.
“That can happen. That can happen to us, it can happen to Wolves, to Liverpool, it can happen to Manchester City.”
Cardiff currently have no announced new fitness worries but he has conceded he has a decision to make about his team.
Joe Bennett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could come into contention but Kenneth Zohore (thigh), Jazz Richards (hamstring) and Danny Ward (knee) remain out.
Spurs, meanwhile, could welcome back Serge Aurier into their team but remain without Victor Wanyama, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela.
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Cardiff City: Etheridge; Peltier, Cunningham, Manga, Morrison, Bamba; Hoilett, Murphy, Camarasa, Gunnarsson; Paterson.
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Rose, Foyth, Alderweireld; Skipp, Sissoko, Lucas, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
Source: SportsLatest TS