Cardiff City vs Leeds United by Shibby
Championship action for me in a game that will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium and will kick off at 19:45 UK time. The game will be played between Cardiff City and Leeds United.
Both sides head into the game in great form and have both started the season really well, Leeds are top of the league on goal difference and the home side Cardiff are 3rd, however, they are still on the same points (20 points from 9 games).
Cardiff in my opinion are over achieving, as are Leeds. When you look at the squads they both have I don't believe that these are the strongest two sides in the league. What this shows is great management as they are getting the best out of their players. I know that Neil Warnock, Cardiff manager is great at this after seeing it first hand at quite a few local clubs, including Rotherham United. At the time Rotherham had the worst squad in the league, no money to spend and Warnock managed to win around 10 or 11 games in a row and as a result Rotherham maintained in the Championship, so I have a huge amount of respect for him as a man.
His Cardiff side look tough to beat on their day and at home could cause issues. However, their results have dropped slightly in recent weeks with the Welsh side winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 1 of their last 5 league games. The 2 wins came against QPR and Sunderland, the draws were lucky ones vs Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday (95th minute goal against the Owls). Their defeat was a 3-0 drubbing against Preston. This shows that the side are beatable. I expect a strong XI tonight.
The away side Leeds have surprised a lot of people with how they have started with a pretty unknown manager. However, he has started life in England really well and could create a name for himself. Leeds sit in top spot and look like a side in a confident mood, I think they are capable of being there of there about come the end of the season. Leeds have lost just once all season and this was a 1-0 defeat away at Millwall, came as a bit of a surprise to most, however, the performance was poor.
Leeds have beaten some tough times in their start to this campaign, they have beat Bolton, Sunderland and Forest away from home and drawn with Burnley (cup), Preston and Fulham at home with wins vs Port Vale, Newport (cup), Burton, Birmingham and recently Ipswich at home. The Ipswich game was a thriller and ended 3-2 to the Yorkshire side. They played some great attacking football and as a result got the 3 points they needed.
I think Leeds will turn up with a game plan tonight and frustrate Cradiff City. I expect that Leeds could get a result here and win the game, however, I've seen that Leeds + 0.5 AH offers great value at 1.85 with 188Bet, meaning a Leeds win or Draw will secure you a win. Good Luck all.