With both sides losing at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s Cardiff City host Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night, with both sides in dire need for all three points.
Both sides look like they came away from last weekend’s action without any casualties, but the respective club captains still remain a doubt for both sides, with Ron Vlaar and Mark Hudson out.
Cardiff are yet to win back to back Premier League home games since their promotion from the Championship.
Aston Villa have won seven of their last eight meetings against Cardiff City.
Aston Villa have won just once in their last five away games in the Premier League.
Cardiff City had just one shot on target in their 3-0 loss to Swansea City on Saturday.
Gary Medel and Fabian Delph
The ‘Pitbull’ will find himself up against Delphinho, or Fabian Delph, in a heated midfield battle in Cardiff on Tuesday night, with both players looking to grab a hold of the game to set up their more creative team-mates to win the game.
Both midfield destroyers have completed an impressive tackling success rate so far this season, with Medel completing 79% (58 total tackles) and Delph completing 75% (68 total tackles). Fabian Delph is averaging 28 mins per tackle, while Medel is averaging 35 mpt.
Midfield battle: Medel vs Delph
Delph leads Medel in ground and aerial 50-50’s so far this season, despite playing three games less than the Chilean midfielder. Delph has won 62% of his 244 ground duels, and 53% of his aerial duels, compared to Medel’s win percentage 54% from 150 ground duels and 51% of his aerial duels; with Delph averaging 8 minutes per ground duel, while Medel averages 13 minutes per ground duel.
With both players able to read the game – (Delph – 44 interceptions vs Medel – 51 interceptions) – it should make their midfield contest an interesting prospect; the midfielder who is able to win their respective battle, could eventually help win the game.
Prediction: Cardiff City 1-2 Aston Villa
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