Kick-off: 1945, 22/02/2019
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
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What Trueform says for Cardiff vs Watford
Cardiff have climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with back-to-back victories and will be fired up for the visit of Watford on Friday night.
However, the Hornets are also in fine form, only losing once in their last 10 matches – and that was a narrow defeat away to Tottenham.
Everything points to this being a hard-fought contest, so 23/10 for a draw is our first Cardiff vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff looked inspired when beating Bournemouth 2-0 in their first home match since the disappearance of record signing Emiliano Sala.
Just days after the striker’s death was confirmed, the Bluebirds secured another emotional success when prevailing 2-1 at Southampton.
Sol Bamba gave City the lead against the run of play, Jack Stephens’ equaliser in the first minute of added time looked to have earned the hosts a point, but Kenneth Zohore struck a decisive blow soon after.
Bamba told Cardiff’s website: “It has been a tough couple of weeks and we knew that we needed to come here and get a result. It wasn’t easy, especially with the events that have unfolded recently.
“The result is a massive boost, especially at this stage of the season. We want to build up momentum and go on a run of games.
“With the matches coming up, we know that we can get three points from every game, especially at home.”
Such spirit can only be applauded and Neil Warnock would probably settle for a share of the spoils here to keep the points tally ticking over.
Looking at the Cardiff vs Watford odds, we like 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Ecuele Manga, Paterson, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Reid, Gunnarsson, Niasse.
Cardiff hope Victor Camarasa will be fit enough to start after being troubled by a calf injury since the start of January.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford are eighth in the table, 14 points above Cardiff, after edging out Everton 1-0 in their last Premier League game.
The Hornets then beat QPR away by the same scoreline to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, making it six clean sheets in eight matches in both competitions.
Heurelho Gomes celebrated his 38th birthday by standing in for Ben Foster at Loftus Road and was one of five changes made for a somewhat disjointed display.
Troy Deeney told BT Sport: “We were sloppy at times, but the character showed at the end with the way everyone dug in.
“We don’t want to lose. We need to keep giving these performances. We are not playing that well, but are grinding it out. In older days, we might have lost.”
Although Watford have been involved in some tight tussles of late, it was 3-2 when they held off Cardiff’s late rally in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road two months ago.
Memories of that match make 16/5 for a score draw worth adding to our Cardiff vs Watford betting tips.
Last Watford EPL line-up: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Sema, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Watford will welcome back Roberto Pereyra (calf) and Isaac Success (hamstring) after missing three matches.
Defender Sebastian Prodl is in contention to make his first league appearance since October. Kiko Femenia (hamstring) definitely misses out.
Southampton 1-2 CARDIFF – Sol Bamba, Kenneth Zohore
QPR 0-1 WATFORD – Etienne Capoue
Head-to-head: Watford 3-2 Cardiff
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