Cardiff City continue to sit pretty at the top of the Championship table but following their weekend defeat at Bolton, their position is more precarious than ever.
So they will welcome a Tuesday night trip to a Charlton side whose position is equally precarious, but at the other end of the table, sitting 21st after picking up just five points in 15.
Though Cardiff’s title odds may have gone out to 3/1, they remain 5/4 favourites to win at The Valley this evening. Their hosts are 21/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to hand the leaders another shock defeat, with the draw 23/10.
In order to pull off the upset, Chris Powell will have to sort out his side’s poor defensive record, which has seen them fall behind 11 times this term.
Its 4/5 for them to do so again but with Cardiff shorn of attacking options in the absence of Craig Bellamy and Tommy Smith, punters might have to wait for the second half for this goal to come.
Indeed, with both sides coming off tough defeats, it is reasonable to expect this to be tight throughout and draw/draw in the half-time/full-time market has potential value at 17/4.
Having said that, any Bluebirds goal may well open the floodgates, as Charlton showed when taking the lead against Middlesbrough at home over the weekend before imploding and ending up being beaten 4-1.
Even without Bellamy, Malky Mackay’s team still boast a wealth of attacking talent including internationals Kim Bo-Kyung, Heidar Helguson and Don Cowie and they look well capable of a multi-goals show at The Valley.
Punters can back Cardiff to claim three points in a game of more than 2.5 goals at 12/5 and if new bwin customers do so with the free £20 bet on offer for registering, winnings of £68 are potentially on offer.
For those looking for positive Addicks omens, the last time this fixture was played, the home side twice fought back from behind to earn a draw and repeat of that 2-2 scoreline is available at 23/2.
However, Powell’s men have looked nervous and devoid of attacking menace in most of their outings on their own patch this term and the preference must be for Cardiff to remain on top of the table with another victory.