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Championship Predictions > Mar 5th & 6th


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Huddersfield vs Cardiff

The Friday night game in the Championship is a clash between Huddersfield and Cardiff in a 7:45pm GMT kick-off from the John Smith's Stadium. These two sides enter this game with contrasting spells of form with ambitions that now appear to be focused on opposite ends of the table. Will the result follow the form book or can we anticipate an upset here?

Huddersfield are a team that look like they need a serious rebuild. The decision to replace Danny Cowley with little known former Leeds United coach Carlos Corberan is a gamble that doesn't look like paying off. The Terriers are down in 19th place and just 5 points above the drop zone with a number of teams below them possessing games in hand. It's now just 1 win in their last 12 league games. That single win was a stunning 4-1 win over automatic promotion chasing Swansea though so you feel they're still a team that can pull a result out of the bag every now and then. Home form has been a saviour for Huddersfield so far with the club winning 8 of their 17 home league games but it is just 1 win from their last 6 home league games.

Cardiff might not have been in vintage form in their last game away to Middlesbrough last weekend but the team bounced back to winning ways with the impressive 4-0 win at home to Derby in midweek. That result extended the Bluebirds' unbeaten run under Mick McCarthy to 10 league games. The former Wolves and Ipswich gaffer was rewarded with a 2-year contract. Now, the superstitious football fan in me is now expecting our form to melt away after that contract extension. However, McCarthy has turned us into such an organised and hard-working unit that it's difficult to see how we won't keep these performances going. It's 6 away games unbeaten for Cardiff including winning the 4 of the last 5 away league matches.

If the respective form of these two teams wasn't enough to have you backing Cardiff for the win then the fact that Huddersfield haven't beaten the Welsh side in their last 14 meetings adds further weight to that opinion. Huddersfield have only managed to score 1 goal in their previous 6 encounters with Cardiff meaning the play-off chasers have kept 5 clean sheets in that time. I wouldn't be surprised to see a similar outcome here. Anything other than a solid win for Cardiff must be considered a disappointment. I'm going to thoroughly enjoy going on Gabriel Sutton's EFL Fans Show tonight at 5pm, backing a Cardiff win, and then witnessing my club inevitably let me down as they have done over the years.

Cardiff to Win @ 2.20 with Unibet

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 2.28 with SBK

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1 hour ago, bookiebasher said:

Arent Cardiff away ? 

Yes, you're right. Sorry, my mistake! Will correct that! No idea why I had us down as at home! :lol Penultimate week of home schooling my 7 year old is getting to me!

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Can't believe Forest let me down again against Luton, played ok until Luton scored then fell apart when the manager changed our shape. Hard to see us getting much at Watford.

Cardiff look a decent bet away at Huddersfield. They really come alive in the final third and looked like scoring with every attack against Derby.

Coventry should have a good chance against Derby who look poor at the back. 6/4 looks fair enough. Tyler Walker 7/1 to score first.

Barnsley are the surprise package and can brush Birmingham aside at almost evens.

 

Done a single on Cardiff and the treble at around 10/1.

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Swansea City vs Middlesbrough

 

 

Swansea City

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Ryan Bennett (18/0 d), Jordan Morris (4/0 f), Tivonge Rushesha (0/0 d), Steven Benda (1/0 g), Wayne Routledge (6/0 m), Liam Cullen (8/0 f)

Suspended: -

 

Middlesbrough

Doubtful: Marcus Tavernier (27/2 m)

Out (injuries/other): Ashley Fletcher (8/2 f), Marcus Browne (5/2 m)

Suspended: -

 

Daily updated injuries and suspensions information from more then 100 football leagues and competitions worldwide at: www.injuriesandsuspensions.com

 

Overall Stats
Swansea City
17 home games
Middlesbrough
17 away games
1.2 Goals scored per game 1.2
0.5 Goals conceded per game 1.1
65% Clean sheets 29%
82% Team scored 65%
41% Team scored twice 35%
35% Scored in both halves 29%
47% Goal in both halves 41%
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6 hours ago, yossa6133 said:

Coventry should have a good chance against Derby who look poor at the back. 6/4 looks fair enough. Tyler Walker 7/1 to score first.

Mate I really hope you're right with that one :ok  

It's a really big game for us now. We've got a run of games against teams around us/bottom half teams so got to pick up a few wins. We didn't really deserve to lose to Middlesbrough, it was petering out into a draw and then Middlesbrough snook it late on. Fair play to them though, their bench was strong (Assombalonga, Bolasie, Mendez-Liang, Watmore, Saville). 

The worrying thing for us was no shots on target against Middlesbrough. Judging by Rooney's 6 changes in midweek and his interview in the last few days, he's targeting this game. 

Our motivation is that talks are at an advanced stage about us returning to the Ricoh Arena next season so the players will want Championship Football for themselves and the fans potentially in front of a big crowd next season.  

 

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