Cardiff City could move a step closer to promotion tomorrow (May 2nd) as they entertain a Middlesbrough side with nothing to play for.
The Bluebirds currently lie third in the Championship, just one point behind Norwich in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Should the Canaries slip up away to Portsmouth, Dave Jones’ men will be well placed to leapfrog them in the standings with three points at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Boro make the trip to Wales with Championship safety secured and therefore may already have one eye on their summer holidays, which could make for an easy win for the home side.
Furthermore, Cardiff are on a great run of form, unbeaten in eight matches and winning five of their last six.
As such, the Bluebirds are odds-on favourites with bwin to take the spoils at 1/2, while an away win is priced at 5/1. The draw is also available at 13/5.
However, while the draw odds may be attractive, those making football bets should be aware that the last four matches between these two teams have all ended in a home win.
Boro’s 1-0 win last time out followed three successive defeats, with the Riverside outfit unable to score on each occasion.
Therefore, the market on Cardiff to win to nil could prove an enticing option for a number of fans, with a £10 bet at 31/20 offering returns of £25.50.
Cardiff are also most likely to score in the second half, with 20 of their 75 goals this term coming in the last 15 minutes.
Bearing this, and the fact that Boro have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight games, in mind, a number of punters could be attracted to the half-time/full-time markets.
Odds of 333/100 are currently being offered on a half-time draw with the home side running out as full-time winners.
One thing that can be relied upon in tomorrow’s game is goals. It has been 35 matches since Cardiff fans have seen a 0-0 scoreline come the end of 90 minutes.
However, encounters between these two sides are often hard-fought, with the eventual winner edging victory. Indeed, the last three encounters have been decided by a single goal.
As such, the 7/1 odds on a 1-0 win for Cardiff could prove the most sensible option for those planning on making Championship football bets this bank holiday weekend.
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