Date and Time: Saturday 24th November (15:00)
Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: Paul Tierney
Cardiff City will be looking to back-up their last-gasp win over Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break when making the trip to Goodison Park to face-off against Marco Silva’s Everton side.
Sol Bamba scored a last minute winner in their previous clash, as the Bluebirds beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the Cardiff City Stadium and they will be looking to back that win up in Merseyside this afternoon.
Everton will no doubt present more of a difficult challenge, however. They showed tremendous grit and resilience to grind out a point against Chelsea last time out, as they drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge – meaning they currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League table.
The Toffees coming into this encounter in good form, too. They’re unbeaten in five of their last six games – winning four of them and the last time they played at Goodison Park, they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1, courtesy of a Richarlison brace and a goal from Irish full-back, Seamus Coleman.
This afternoon, the Bluebirds back-line will need to ensure to be cautious of former Swansea City star, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Brazilian, Richarlison, who have both flourished since the start of this seaosn for the Toffees.
Richarlison has been superb. The 21-year-old is Everton’s top scorer, having netted six times in 10 Premier League outings this season.
Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson has also had a magnificent start to the campaign at Goodison Park, with the 29-year-old scoring five and assisting two goals in 12 games thus far.
Everton come into this clash, possessing a brilliant record against Cardiff, having lost just once in their last 10 games against the Bluebirds.
The last time they beat Everton was at Ninian Park, as they recorded a 1-0 win in the 1979 League Cup. During this period, Cardiff also suffered a 8-3 loss in 1962, as they played out an 11-goal thriller in the old League Division One.
The last time they met in the top-flight, Everton grabbed a last-gasp winner at Goodison Park, as the Toffees defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 2-1, in Merseyside, courtesy of goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Coleman.
Paul Tierney has been appointed the referee for today’s clash between Everton and Cardiff City. The 37-year-old has taken charge of seven Premier League games this season, producing 25 yellow cards, but not a single red card.
He took charge of the Severnside Derby between Cardiff and Bristol City last season, as the Bluebirds earned a narrow 1-0 win over the Robins at the Cardiff City Stadium, courtesy of a late Kenneth Zohore strike.
This is a big game, make no mistake about that and if Cardiff can pick up a positive result at Goodison Park, it will put them in good stead moving forward, before they face another tough challenge, against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Cardiff City
This will be a tough ask for Neil Warnock’s men.
Everton have some quality players, who can change a game with one moment of pure class, with the likes of Sigurdsson and Richarlison and they’re coming into this game off the back of an impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
I can see Cardiff pushing Everton to their limits, though, but I think Silva’s men may be too clinical for the Bluebirds, therefore, I am going to go for a narrow win for the hosts this afternoon.
The Toffees will be without long term absentee James Mccarthy for today’s clash against Cardiff. In-form Brazilian forward Richarlison, is expected to lead the line.
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Dane forward Kenneth Zohore are ruled out of today’s game at Goodison Park.
Callum Paterson should retain his place after netting in three of the Bluebirds’ last four encounters.
2014: Everton 2-1 Cardiff City
2013: Cardiff City 0-0 Everton
1979: Cardiff City 1-0 Everton