As play-off semi-finalists last time round, Cardiff are good title bets going into the 2011-12 season.
Their odds of 14/1 make them seventh-favourites to clinch the Championship crown, and a successful £25 free bet on them to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £375.
However, the sacking of Dave Jones, the decision of Jay Bothroyd to leave on a free and the sale of Michael Chopra do not inspire confidence.
Indeed, the statement of intent shown by Ipswich Town in signing Chopra for £1.5 million suggests they may be a better bet than their Championship rivals from Wales.
The Tractor Boys struggled last year, with Roy Keane losing his job after a bad run of form followed a promising start.
Crucially, however, owner Marcus Evans appears willing to back new manager Paul Jewell and the signing of Chopra represents a real coup for the club.
When fully fit, the 27-year-old has proved to be a prolific scorer at Championship level and could help fire Ipswich to the title at odds of 18/1.
Former Cardiff City forward Nathan Blake certainly believes Chopra has the quality to make the difference, although he realises that the Welsh club’s financial difficulties may have made the sale inevitable.
“I thought… [Chopra] would have been critical to Cardiff’s promotion push next season,” Blake told the BBC.
“[I’m] a little surprised, yes, but also… the flip side of that is he was one of the larger wage earners.”
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