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Free English Premier League Picks CARDIFF VS UNITED

Manchester United intends to end the season with three points as they receive Cardiff City to Old Trafford on Sunday. Cardiff will be relegated after this season since they will finish in the bottom three of the Premier League table.  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his former club for the second time, after beating the Bluebirds 5-1 in South Wales in his first game in charge back in December. In the opposing locker room, Neil Warnock and his side will walk out as a Premier League club for the final time for now.

The Reds will be resolute looking to send their home fans into the summer break on a positive note and possibly pass Arsenal to fifth in the table. There is no hope, however, for United to finish in the top 4, as if they tie Tottenham on points, they lose the tie-breaker due to the goal difference. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has committed to administering some real youth into his line-up for the visit of Cardiff, with several youngsters participating in first-team training this week. James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, and Mason Greenwood were all working with the senior group on Thursday. Moreover, there’s also a chance Antonio Valencia could make a parting appearance. The club captain is out of contract in the summer and will not be back. However, Eric Bailly will miss our final league match while Alexis Sanchez is listed as doubtful, as he suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s draw against Huddersfield. Jesse Lingard could return after being absent through injury, while there is uncertainty over Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.

The Bluebirds also have a number of players that are doubtful for the match. Sol Bamba, who has been a rock in their defense this season, has been out since March with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Yet another defender Callum Paterson joins Bamba on the sidelines as he recovers from an ankle problem. Joe Ralls (hamstring) and Matthew Connolly (dislocated ankle) will also miss Sunday’s game. One player that could return is Victor Camarasa. Cardiff’s joint-top scorer and Players’ Player of the Year suffered a dead leg early on in last week’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace but could return for their final outing of the season. 

Manchester United are unbeaten in all Premier League home games so far played against opposition below the top six (W10, D3). Every win in that sequence has seen them fail to keep a clean sheet, with over half (seven) of the 11 goals conceded by them across those victories arriving beyond the hour mark. In addition, eight of the last ten home goals conceded by United arrived in the second half. As a result, those eight second-half goals have directly cost United a net total of three points, the difference that will make them finish out of the top 4. 

Cardiff’s relegation fate was sealed last weekend, with the ‘Bluebirds’ losing for the sixth time in seven matches. Their last five defeats have seen them concede first and concede at least once in the final 15 minutes of either half. Furthermore, five of the visitors’ last six league away defeats have seen them fail to find the net. Three of those five losses involved Cardiff losing one half by a 2-0 scoreline.


Stat attack: 

Three of the last four PL games to see United score first have seen them do so in the opening 15 minutes.

This will be the fifth time since May 2011 that United close a home campaign against promoted opposition. All four preceding occasions during that time frame have yielded a winning margin of two goals for United.

Three of Cardiff’s last four road trips to top-six clubs have seen all of the match goals arrive in one half.