Cardiff v Arsenal: Welsh club can frustrate big boys once again

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At some point Cardiff will have to start beating the teams around them to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap, though their blueprint of annoying the big boys at home is still a decent theme to persevere with.

It’s understandable to see the Premier League leaders installed as the clear 4/7 favourites to grab a victory on the road against a Cardiff team who’ve only won one of their last six in the top-flight.

Nevertheless, as irresistible as the Gunners have been for periods this season, Arsene Wenger will be aware of the fate that has befallen two of their main title rivals when visiting south Wales this season.

Manchester United hit the snooze button in the 90th minute to surrender two points last time out, while Manchester City lost against the Premier League newbies and Everton also had to settle for a point.

Arsenal’s league away form is a little patchy of late too, reading as D-W-L, with that win arriving against Crystal Palace, giving Cardiff a real sniff at prising another point off one of the division’s colossi once more at 3/1.

If teams afford Arsenal space then they are lethal, but Cardiff’s strength at home against the top teams relies on a high-octane approach, where they don’t allow the opposition to settle.

In the games against Man City, Tottenham and Everton at the Cardiff Arena the Bluebirds had managed to keep it 0-0 before the break.

Backing the draw-draw in the half-time/full-time market looks a potential money-spinner here at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

This bet could easily then point punters towards the direction of more goals arriving in the second-half at 21/20.

Meanwhile, the fact that Arsenal have not conceded more than once on their league travels this season makes the 19/5 on the 0-0 or 1-1 in the coupled correct score market another to consider.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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