The FourFourTwo Preview: Cardiff vs Everton
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Cardiff 1-0 Everton (League Cup, Sep 79)
- Everton 2-0 Cardiff (League Cup, Aug 79)
- Cardiff 1-2 Everton (FA Cup, Feb 77)
- Everton 8-3 Cardiff (Div 1, Apr 62)
- Cardiff 0-0 Everton (Div 1, Dec 61)
Cardiff striker Andreas Cornelius is a major doubt after hobbling off in the Bluebirds' Capital One Cup win at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday. The giant Dane has struggled with an ankle injury since his £8m summer switch from Copenhagen, although he won’t be missed too much if last weekend’s hero can continue his scoring form…
For Everton, midfielder Darron Gibson could feature for the first time this season having recovered from a knee injury, although centre-back Antolin Alcaraz, a summer arrival from Wigan, is still out following a hernia operation.
Player to watch: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)
Facts and figures
- Cardiff City have the chance to win back-to-back top-flight matches for the first time since April 1962.
- Roberto Martinez has won just one of his last 10 games as a manager in the Premier League (W1 D5 L4).
- This will be the first competitive meeting between the two teams since September 1979, when they met over two legs in the League Cup. Everton advanced by a score line of 2-1 on aggregate, but Cardiff won the home leg 1-0.
- Only Manchester City (66.5%) have averaged more possession in the Premier League so far this season than Everton (64.7%).
- Cardiff won 51 points at home in the Championship last season, losing just two of 23 games (W15 D6).
- No team has used more English players than Cardiff City so far this season in the Premier League (8).
- Former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has scored three times in the Premier League against Everton. However, he has failed to net in his last seven appearances against the Toffees in the competition.
- Should he score, Craig Bellamy will become the first player in the history of the Premier League to score for seven different clubs in the competition.
- Frazier Campbell is already halfway towards equalling his best ever goal return from a single Premier League season (four in 2009/10 for Sunderland).
- Only once under David Moyes did Everton fail to win any of their opening three games in a Premier League season (2010/11; D1 L2).