Cardiff vs Wigan prediction
Cardiff didn't need much of the ball possession in order to present themselves very threatening and sharp in the offense coming from a 0:3 victory away to Huddersfield last weekend.
The hosts had the possession, but in an uncreative way, while Cardiff scored twice inside the first halftime via Murphy and Vaulks. They appeared far more concrete, continuing to threaten with the fast transition, while Huddersfield spends most of the time with the ball to their feet, but without threatening in a concrete way.
A goal from Paterson sealed the visitors; victory in the 69th minute. Cardiff, event hough not stable enough in the Championship, are looking better recently in attack and are coming from two back to back victories away.
Additionally, they are undefeated in the last six Championship rounds and are just four points behind the playoff zone. This comes as a must-win situation if they are to get back into the race for the top six positions.
Cardiff City team news
The hosts keep on missing forward Vassell (2/1), offensive midfielder Mendez-Laing (19/2) and defensive midfielder Ralls (15/5).
After reviving victories against Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, players of Wigan failed to continue in the same way in the next two home matches. Firstly they suffered narrow 1:2 defeat against Preston but then took just a point in a 2:2 game against Middlesbrough last Tuesday night.
However, knowing that they had to play with a man less int he last thirty minutes of the match, this outcome doesn't' come up as such a bad result after all. They did have the lead thanks to Morsy, but the ball control was with the visitors from the first minute and that leading goal came against the flow.
The guests did revert via two goals from Wing, but the home team somewhat luckily replied via an own goal in the 76th minute, managing to defend themselves till the end. After this draw, Wigan remains third from the bottom having four points less than safely placed Stoke.
Wigan Athletic team news
Important central back Dunkley (25/6) is suspended for the guests. Injured are right back Sterling (8/0), central back Fox (6/0) and offensive midfielder Dowell (3/0).
Cardiff is undefeated in their last 7 home matches (Championship).
Individual quality difference also exists
As already said, Cardiff looks better recently and with the improved morale after their back to back away victories, they enter this one surely fired up to get back into the playoff race.
Wigan improved recently away from home, but are still remaining too vulnerable at the back. The chances for the home victory, at least in my eyes, are way above given 50%.
Cardiff vs Wigan betting tips
1 (Stake: 8)Odds: 2.10 at Pinnacle
Result: 2-2 LOST (-8 units)
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