Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Cardiff

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Updated: February 25, 2014
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Match Date: 02 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: White Hart Lane

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Robert Snodgrass’ second half goal placed an embarrassing glitch on Tottenham Hotspur’s form after the Norwich City midfielder helped his team earn a clean sheet against the Spurs. The defeat was Tottenham’s second in a row which came after a 1-0 mauling by Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League. In the English top-tier football, it would be their seventh this season, although it is still relatively unsubstantial to knock them out of the top five.

 

Spurs’ home record in the Premier League has awarded them 21 points overall, broken down into six victories and three draws. However, the side are also more frequently beaten at home than on the road, with four of their seven matches incurred from their own soil.

 

Cardiff

In what was considered to be their worst home defeat in 14 years, Cardiff’s loss to Hull City 4-0 was an inhospitable gift to club owner Vincent Tan’s 62nd birthday. A deflected shot from Tom Huddlestone, a double from the clinical Nikica Jelavic, and a goal on the counter-attack from Jake Livermore helped the visitors ascend to the mid-table while inflicting another week of misery for the hosts who are still locked in the relegation zone.

 

The Bluebirds have to level up and do more than just protecting the lead. Their defense in other areas is appallingly poor, unable to defend counter attacks, against attacks down the wings, and against skillful players.

 

Online betting tip: While both Tottenham and Cardiff lost their most recent matches, the hosts have a much more substantial advantage over their visitors. Their forms alone are largely contrasting, not to mention Spurs’ apparent superiority in the defense. A home win is very plausible from this tourney.

 

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