PREMIER LEAGUE analyst Daniel McCulloch (@DMcCulloch1984) takes a look at Super Sunday's showdown between Cardiff and Chelsea in the Welsh capital.
Cardiff v Chelsea | Sunday 17th March 2019, 14:05 | Sky Sports
The footballing week got off to a bad start for Cardiff, with Southampton and Burnley both winning, meaning that the Bluebirds find themselves five points from safety. In theory, they do have two games in hand on some of the sides above them, but with those games consisting of this game and an away tie with Manchester City, it's hard to see them reducing the arrears.
Neil Warnock's side did win their last league game 22 days ago against West Ham, but before that they suffered significant losses in winnable home games – 5-1 against Watford and 3-0 against Everton.
What will concern City fans the most is that half of their eight remaining fixtures are against members of the top six and their record in such encounters is dreadful. They've garnered zero points from those eight matches and while in theory this game represents their greatest chance of ensuring that that is their season ending tally I cannot see it.
For all their troubles this season, Chelsea have beaten all five of the other members of the bottom six on their travels this term and I expect them to keep up their 100% record this weekend.
I didn't consider backing Chelsea and Both Teams To Score but a simple handicap bet is preferred.
Chelsea -1.5 Asian Handicap is 10/9 with BetVictor. Given that such a bet has landed in three of Cardiff's four home matches against members of the Big Six and four of Chelsea's five against the bottom dwellers, I think this is excellent value.
It may be a raucous atmosphere at The Cardiff City stadium but ultimately I don't think the Bluebirds have the personnel to stay competitive in this encounter.
Cardiff v Chelsea – Chelsea -1.5 Asian Handicap (10/9 BetVictor)