Sunday 12 May, kick-off 3pm
Old Trafford – Premier League
The final day of the season comes down to fifth or sixth for Manchester United as they play Cardiff City in this Premier League preview. The Red Devils are facing Thursday nights in the Europa League next season, while the Bluebirds will be plying their trade back in the Championship.
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What’s the story with Man United vs Cardiff?
Is Man United vs Cardiff on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? It was all smiles for United when these teams met earlier in the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of his first game at the club, as the Reds instantly swept away the doom and gloom of the Jose Mourinho era with a vibrant 5-1 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.
What are the Man United vs Cardiff odds? Manchester United are 1/4 in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Cardiff City are 11/1 with Betfair. The draw’s 6/1 with the same bookmaker, where you can get up to £100 in free bets when you open a new account here.
Remember that time…the teams last met at Old Trafford? United were the reigning Premier League champions as they beat Cardiff 2-0 in January 2014. A lot’s changed since then – not least that Solskjaer will be in the home dugout this weekend, rather than managing the Bluebirds like last time.
Team news and form
Last six: WLLLDD
Antonio Valencia could make his return from injury to play his final game for the Old Trafford outfit in these Man United v Cardiff predictions. Alexis Sanchez may have already played his last game for the club after picking up another injury at the weekend. He’s a doubt for this game, along with Romelu Lukaku, who’s also been heavily linked with a move away from United. The same goes for the injured Eric Bailly, while Sergio Romero’s hamstring strain means David de Gea will keep his place. Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood are both fitness doubts too.
Last six: LLWLLL
Neil Warnock has been without a number of key players for the run-in, including Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson. Joe Ralls and Matthew Connolly are both out of these weekend football predictions, while the Bluebirds boss is sweating on the fitness of a couple of influential midfielders. Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa are both rated as 50/50 for the game.
Man United vs Cardiff prediction, preview and betting tips
After hope was extinguished last weekend, the season’s done and dusted for both Manchester United and Cardiff City. The Red Devils couldn’t manage a victory over one of the Premier League’s poorest ever sides to keep their Champions League hopes alive, while Cardiff’s defeat to Crystal Palace on home soil sealed their relegation. We could see two demoralised teams on Sunday, who don’t have much to play for in these football predictions.
Having said that, United will be desperate to finish above Arsenal in fifth. The Gunners are away at Burnley on Sunday, with the team finishing in sixth potentially facing an early start to the season for Europa League qualifying. That would rest on Manchester City losing to Watford in the FA Cup final though, so it’s very unlikely.
United could’ve taken their battle to the top four to the final day of the season with a win against bottom club Huddersfield Town. Instead, the Red Devils threw away a lead through a defensive mistake and couldn’t find a winner in the final half hour against a team who’ve conceded 75 goals this season, and amassed just 15 points from 37 games.
The Bluebirds couldn’t get the win they needed either, to give themselves a chance of pulling off a great escape in this Man United v Cardiff prediction. Warnock’s side were well beaten at home by Palace, their sixth defeat in seven games. The Welsh club couldn’t make the most of Brighton’s awful form, and are going straight back down to the Championship.
United have been in awful form too, winning just two of their last 11 games. Both of those victories were at home though, against Watford and West Ham. Even with the return of the doom and gloom, surely the Reds will finish another disappointing season with three points. The question is whether the away team are going to score in your free betting tips and predictions.
United have been dreadful at the back this season, conceding more goals than ever before in the Premier League. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in 14 games, since a goalless draw with Liverpool in late February. In that time, goalkeeper De Gea has gone from being regarded as one of the finest in the world to a virtual laughing stock.
However, there’s nothing riding on this game, while Cardiff have only scored 11 goals away from home all season. We’re backing against both teams to score at 23/20 with 888sport in your Man United vs Cardiff betting tips. The hosts are 13/10 to win to nil. After putting five past Cardiff earlier this season, United will surely fancy their chances of getting a few goals here. We’re backing them to finish on a relative high with a 3-0 home win, which is priced at 17/2.
Man United vs Cardiff first goalscorer predictions
There’s been criticism of United’s players all over the pitch in recent weeks, with Marcus Rashford receiving his fair share. However, the England striker is surely part of the future of the club – he needs to improve his finishing and score more goals, and there’s no better time to start than this weekend. Rashford is 7/2 with Betway to open the scoring with his 14th goal of the season. Those odds rise to 30/1 if United go on to win 3-0.
Paul Pogba meanwhile looks set to finish the campaign as United’s top scorer. The majority of his goals have come from the penalty spot, with the Frenchman 9/2 in the first goalscorer odds. Pogba is 39/1 to break the deadlock in a 3-0 home win.
Both teams not to score
Man United to win to nil
Marcus Rashford to score first
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.