Kick-off: 1500, 20/10/2018
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
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What Trueform says for Cardiff vs Fulham
Cardiff and Fulham have both struggled to cope with stepping up to the Premier League and they may settle on sharing the spoils when meeting in Wales.
The Bluebirds have suffered five straight top-flight defeats, although they have faced some tough fixtures, while the Cottagers are coming off a couple of heavy losses.
These teams drew five of their eight encounters in the Championship over the past few years and 12/5 for another stalemate makes sense for our opening Cardiff vs Fulham prediction.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff emerged with plenty of credit from a 1-0 loss to Tottenham at Wembley before the international break, battling bravely after going behind early on.
Josh Murphy almost equalised before the break when Toby Alderweireld cleared his effort off the line.
City had Joe Ralls dismissed in the 58th minute for a cynical foul but still nearly levelled late on when Sean Morrison had a header turned onto the post by Hugo Lloris.
“We kept our discipline and we kept going, so there were lots of positives,” said Neil Warnock. “I’m delighted with how we stuck at it.”
The Bluebirds previously faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in September and will hope to find Fulham more conducive company, having been competitive in a 2-1 loss to Burnley during that tough month.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Paterson, Camarasa, Hoilett.
Ralls begins a three-match ban and is set to be out even longer after chipping a bone in his knee during the defeat to Tottenham.
Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (knee) and back-up goalkeeper Alex Smithies (shoulder) are available but City are short on strikers, with Danny Ward ruled out by a knee injury and Gary Madine struggling with a virus.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham will have been glad of a fortnight off to try and regroup after following up a 3-0 defeat at Everton by collapsing to a 5-1 loss at home to Arsenal.
The Cottagers went into the interval on level terms against the Gunners after Andre Schurrle had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener.
However, a combination of naive tactics and some superb attacking play from the visitors prompted a second-half rout.
“We tried to be offensive and play high, but from the second goal it is clear the plan was not working,” admitted Slavisa Jokanovic. “We really need to work on the weaknesses in the defensive side.”
Fulham have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have conceded a division-high 21 times in just eight games, but they do look good going forward at times.
Let’s add 16/5 for a score draw to our Cardiff vs Fulham betting tips.
Last Fulham line-up: Bettinelli, Odoi, Ream, Marchand, Christie, Sessegnon, Schurrle, Jean Seri, Zambo, Mitrovic, Vietto.
Fulham will be without hamstring victim Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney, who is short of match fitness.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah could yet feature as he nears a full recovery from a dislocated shoulder.
Tottenham 1-0 CARDIFF
FULHAM 1-5 Arsenal – Andre Schurrle
Head-to-head: Cardiff 2-4 Fulham, Fulham 1-1 Cardiff, Cardiff 2-2 Fulham, Cardiff 1-2 Fulham, Fulham 2-2 Cardiff
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