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Championship Predictions > Oct 11th - 16th

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Cardiff vs Coventry

The Championship offers a packed fixture list this weekend and I'm once again thrown into a land of confusion as I look at Cardiff versus Coventry in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium. It's still very hard to gain an understanding where these two teams currently sit in the season with the home team under the management of an interim gaffer and the away side a few games behind due to the issues they suffered with their home pitch. Let's see if we can piece this one together!

Cardiff have seemingly exceeded expectations under Mark Hudson with the team picking up 7 points from their last 3 league games under his management. There are already calls for him to be given the job permanently but we've been here before with Steve Morison, Mick McCarthy, and Neil Harris. It does appear that Hudson is addressing the issues in the final third by making us play more of a direct approach when we get into the opposition half rather than trying to slowly pass our way up to their area so then all potential space to exploit for attacking plays disappears. The Bluebirds are up to 12th in the table and only 3 points off the pace of the play-offs. The players look to be working as hard for Hudson as they did for Morison. There are also clear signs that Hudson is striking up a better bond with the fans due to his time spent as captain of the club. I'm sure it'll all end in tears when we play Swansea in the derby but for the time being it's all uncomfortably positive and optimistic.

Coventry are sitting bottom of the Championship table after picking up just 1 win from their 10 league games played so far. Mark Robins' side had the start to their season disrupted after damage inflicted on their home pitch so they have 2-3 games in hand on the teams above them. If they were to win those games then they'd fly up the table. It's not points in the bag though is it and to see themselves lower than the struggling likes of Huddersfield, Hull, West Brom, and Middlesbrough will be psychologically challenging. The Sky Blues are also having problems with scoring goals right now with the team failing to score in 3 of their last 4 league games. However, they have drawn all of their last three away league matches with two of those games ending in a 0-0 draw. This is a very similar, if not stronger, squad to the one that flirted with the play-offs last season and they've shown they remain tough to beat having drawn 40% of their league games so far. You'll always be fighting an uphill battle in this league if you can't win games though and that's certainly an issue for them this year, particularly on the road.

It's fair to say that Cardiff have the upper hand against Coventry over recent years. That is certainly the case in South Wales with the capital city team losing just 2 of the last 14 meetings in all competitions and not suffering a loss at home since 25th August, 2007 when Cardiff were still playing at Ninian Park. Cardiff have won 5 and drawn 1 of the last 6 meetings at home with the team scoring at least two goals in each of those games. Given how they played against Wigan, I think there's no reason they can't win this one. They'll need the fluid movement to continue otherwise Coventry could grind out a draw.

Cardiff to Win @ 2.26 with VBet

Anytime Scorer: Callum Robinson @ 3.25 with Bet365

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Sunderland vs Wigan Athletic




Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Ellis Simms (8/3 f), Ross Stewart (7/5 f, top scorer), Dan Ballard (3/0 d), Niall Huggins (0/0 f)

Suspended: Corry Evans (12/0 m, captain)


Wigan Athletic

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Jamie Jones (4/0 g), Callum Lang (8/1 f), Gwion Edwards (0/0 m)

Suspended: -


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Overall Stats
6 home games
Wigan Athletic
6 away games
1.0 Goals scored per game 1.5
0.7 Goals conceded per game 0.8
50% Clean sheets 33%
50% Team scored 100%
33% Team scored twice 50%
0% Scored in both halves 33%
33% Goal in both halves 83%
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Hull City vs Birmingham City

Hull have the worst defensive record in the Championship and has dropped six of their previous seven Championship games. However, with a long unbeaten streak, they cannot be disregarded when competing against Birmingham at Kingston Communications Stadium. Only two of these nine games, in which Birmingham has recorded a 3W-2D-1L record over the past two months, ended in over goals, demonstrating their preference for low scoring.

under 2.25@ 1.90

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