Cardiff City welcome in-form Ipswich to Wales on Saturday hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat to Hull before the international break.
The Welsh side’s 2-1 defeat to the Tigers was only their second of the campaign and ended their eight-game undefeated streak in all competitions, leaving them one point outside the play-off spots.
Ipswich are level on points with their hosts, but they enter the fixture full of confidence having claimed three wins and a draw from their previous four games.
However, despite the Tractor Boys’ fine form they are priced as second favourites at 11/4, while Malky Mackay’s Cardiff are slight favourites at 19/20, with odds on the draw currently at 23/10.
A look at the stats suggests that the first 45 minutes are unlikely to provide much action as both teams have scored over 69% of their league goals in the second half of games.
Paul Jewell’s team haven’t found the back of the net in the first half since mid-September and Cardiff haven’t done so since August so the chances of the first half being goalless are high.
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Despite being outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, history is definitely on the side of the Tractor Boys in this fixture.
Ipswich have beaten Cardiff in each of their past five clashes, with the Bluebirds scoring just once in those games.
When Town travelled across the border last season they came away with a 2-0 victory courtesy of two goals from Jimmy Bullard.
In fact, each of the last three meetings between the two sides has ended in a 2-0 victory to the team from Suffolk.
The odds on Ipswich repeating this scoreline for a fourth consecutive time are reasonably long at 37/2. If you fancy the Welsh side to prevail by the same score then you will have to settle for shorter odds of 9/1.
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