Arsenal v Cardiff; the form, the injuries, the psychology, the predictions
Arsenal at home have remained a very solid team, exactly as they were last season…
Home games only
Cardiff away look to be in a desparate situation
Away games only
|17||Brighton and Hove Albion||12||2||2||8||10||20||-10||8|
When we look at recent form however Arsenal in January have two defeats
|01 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Fulham||W||4-1|
|05 Jan 2019||Blackpool v Arsenal FAC||W||0-3|
|12 Jan 2019||West Ham United v Arsenal||L||1-0|
|19 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Chelsea||W||2-0|
|25 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Manchester United FAC||L||1-3|
Cardiff in January however have no wins
|01 Jan 2019||Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur||L||0-3|
|05 Jan 2019||Gillingham v Cardiff City FAC||L||1-0|
|12 Jan 2019||Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town||D||0-0|
|19 Jan 2019||Newcastle United v Cardiff City||L||3-0|
Three wins two defeats for Arsenal and no wins three defeats and a drew to Cardiff tell Arsenal that no matter what they might feel about their poor performance against Manchester United they certainly are not in as bad a run of form as Cardiff.
Injuries show that Arsenal are now near the top of the league…
West Ham United
Arsenal’s list of injuries prepared by Physioroom shows
|Sokratis||Ankle Injury||March 2, 2019||“Left ankle. Expected to return to full training by the end of February.”|
|L Koscielny||Facial Injury||No Return Date||“Bruising and soft tissue swelling to face and jaw. Being reviewed on a daily basis.”|
|H Bellerin||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date||“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehab process is expected to take between 6-9 nine months.”|
|H Mkhitaryan||Metatarsal Fracture||January 29, 2019||“Expected to return to full training in the next week.”|
|R Holding||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date||“He will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehab process is expected to take between six to nine months” from the date of injury|
|D Welbeck||Ankle Injury||Out all season|
So there is only one of those players possible to be available for the next game.
Cardiff however have just tree players out but two could be back in the squad.
|S Morrison||Appendicitis||No Return Date||“He had a procedure on Monday. I don’t think [he will play tomorrow], but if there’s any doubt I won’t play him anyway. We can’t gamble on anyone.”|
|H Arter||Groin Strain||January 29, 2019||“He tweaked his groin and we’re not sure what it is. It was one of them, although you want to play him, with 10 days until the next game you want to make sure you don’t aggravate anything.”|
|K Zohore||Thigh Muscle Strain||January 29, 2019||“He’ll be struggling to get back for next weekend. He might get on the bench.”|
Cardiff have had the humiliation of losing to a third tier team in the cup and they know they have to play well to get themselves out of trouble. Arsenal might not be a top four team at the moment, but they are one of the six elite European clubs and even with multiple injuries can put up a fight.
Cardiff will try to deliver an early knock out blow to get the crowd with them. Failing that it looks like Arsenal all the way.
|10||West Ham United||23||9||4||10||30||34||-4||31|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||23||7||5||11||25||32||-7||26|
If Arsenal hold on through the first half they could knock up another of their 4-1 wins.