Everton are starting to deliver promising results and performances under Marco Silva which appear to have justified their belief in him. Their long-term target was brought in during the summer and he has guided the Toffees to ninth place in the Premier League after the first four months of the season. More can be expected from Everton with the team heading on an upward curve.
The team have lost just one of their last six league matches and impressed in their last game after holding Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. Three wins from their last five games is encouraging form and with summer signings Yerry Mina and Bernard complementing Brazilian winger Richarlison the fans have every right to be upbeat about their future.
Cardiff struggling for points away from home
Cardiff were favourites for relegation at the start of the season and Neil Warnock's side are likely to be locked in a struggle for the remainder of the campaign. City are third bottom after a couple of recent wins, but it would still be a surprise if they managed to pull away from the relegation zone before end of the season.
Warnock has got his side typically fired up and no-one can accuse Cardiff of lacking competitiveness. After failing to win in their opening eight league matches following promotion, City got off the mark with a much-needed 4-2 victory at home to Fulham. A 90th minute goal from Sol Bamba earned a 2-1 win over Brighton in their last match before the international break.
Hard to quibble at short-priced favourites
Everton are 1.43favourites for this match but it is very difficult to pick holes in their chances. The Toffees have won their last three home games in the league and are really coming into form under Silva. Everton have also won their last nine matches at Goodison Park against promoted teams and this looks a great opportunity to extend this run.
Cardiff are 9.00and it is almost impossible to make a convincing case to back the outsiders. The Bluebirds are still looking for their first away win of the season and have a poor record at Everton - their last league win over them was in 1956. Cardiff do not have the firepower to trouble their opponents and are of no interest as a betting proposition.
The draw is available at 5.10although Cardiff will do well to frustrate Everton. The visitors would happily settle for a stalemate but only one of Everton's six home league games have ended in a draw. The hosts' superior quality and attacking threat should have enough to break them down although it is worth looking elsewhere to find some value in a home win.
Toffees can deliver clean sheet and a win
This looks a home banker and Everton are worth backing to win with a clean sheet. The Toffees have not conceded in two of their last three home wins and face a Cardiff team desperately short of goals. City have only scored twice away from home this season and chances are again likely to be scarce for them. A home win with a clean sheet is 5/4 and looks a solid alternative to taking short odds on Everton.
Same Game Multi
Richarlison has made an impact at Everton since moving from Watford during the summer. The pacy forward scored for Brazil in their win over Cameroon on Tuesday and is increasingly growing in confidence after taking his tally to nine goals this season for club and country. Using Betfair's Same Game Multi, you can back an Everton win and Richarlison to score at odds of 2.56.
Cardiff have scored fewer away goals than any other side in English league football this season (2). The visitors are Evens to fail to score again this weekend at Everton.