Cardiff v Tottenham. Match preview

Tottenham could have Serge Aurier available when they look to get their title challenge back on track at Cardiff on New Year's Day, live on Sky Sports (5:30pm).

Right-back Aurier is fit again after three weeks out with a groin problem and could be in the mix as Mauricio Pochettino's side look to bounce back from their surprise 3-1 defeat against Wolves, which saw Spurs lose ground on leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City.

Spurs will be without Victor Wanyama, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela who all miss the trip to south Wales.

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Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is unlikely to make many changes for the visit of Spurs.

Warnock was delighted with Cardiff's dramatic first away win of the season at Leicester on Saturday and has no new injury concerns.

Joe Bennett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could come into contention but Kenneth Zohore (thigh), Jazz Richards (hamstring) and Danny Ward (knee) remain out.

Stats:

  • Cardiff have lost all three of their Premier League meetings with Tottenham by a 0-1 scoreline.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven league clashes with Cardiff City (W5 D2) since losing 2-3 in March 1961.
  • Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has faced Tottenham in a home Premier League match only once before; his Sheffield United team beat Martin Jol's Spurs side 2-1 at Bramall Lane in February 2007.
  • Spurs have won their last five Premier League matches on New Year's Day since losing 1-2 away at Aston Villa in 2008.
  • Spurs striker Harry Kane has been involved in six goals in his last two Premier League games on New Year's Day (4 goals, 2 assists); only two players - Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard (5) - have scored more goals on January 1st in the Premier League than Kane's four.
  • Neil Warnock has lost 10 of his 14 league matches played on New Year's Day (W2 D2), with his defeats coming with six different clubs - Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, QPR and current side Cardiff.
  • Cardiff haven't kept three consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight since April 1957.
  • Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 11 away Premier League matches against newly promoted teams for Spurs.


Match Officials:

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Matthew Wilkes
Fourth official: Simon Hooper