Following their heroic Carling Cup final display, Cardiff’s league form has taken a bit of a dip, culminating in a crushing 3-0 midweek home defeat by Hull in a game re-arranged for that final.
That slump has seen the Bluebirds slip from third to seventh but they have the chance to re-establish their promotion credentials with a win over a Burnley side suffering an even bigger slump.
Eddie Howe’s young team have just four points from the last possible 18. which has all but killed any designs they had on a play-off place.
The home side are odds-on favourites at 17/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 12/5 and a surprise away win at 31/10.
Former league leaders Cardiff have kept their fans entertained this season, scoring the third most home goals in the Championship but conceding at nearly the same rate, with games at the Cardiff City Stadium averaging a shade under 3.5 goals.
It’s 2/1 for another game of four goals or more, though Cardiff and Burnley’s previous encounters this season may suggest a tighter game.
The reverse league fixture at Turf Moor finished 1-1 before Cardiff won 1-0 en route to the Carling Cup final and Malky Mackay’s men are 13/2 to get another one-goal victory.
However, the Clarets have conceded seven in their last three and if 30-goal trio Peter Whittingham, Kenny Miller and Joe Mason return to form, Cardiff’s fans can expect another high-scoring affair.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win £125 if the Bluebirds triumph in the 25th game of over 3.5 goals featuring Cardiff or Burnley this season.
Cardiff’s hopes of winning will be boosted if they are able to take advantage of Burnley’s usual slow starts, with the Clarets having the Championship’s joint worst defensive record for the first 15 minutes of games.
The home side are 31/50 to open the scoring for the 33rd time this season. However, the Bluebirds haven’t finished games as strongly, conceding the joint second most goals in the final 15 minutes, meaning lead-draw at 17/5 in the run of play market is also worth considering.
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