Cardiff City Stadium - Premier League
It’s getting very close to do or die time for Huddersfield, as the Terriers travel to South Wales to face Cardiff this weekend. David Wagner’s position is becoming more precarious each week, which is in stark contrast to Neil Warnock’s status as he continues to impress.
The teams drew 0-0 earlier this season, as Huddersfield ended a run of four straight defeats against Cardiff. The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last 10 against the Terriers, winning seven of those and scoring 20 goals in the process.
Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa should be fit to return for Cardiff, although Jazz Richards, Danny Ward and Kadeem Harris are all doubts. Kenneth Zohore definitely misses out, as he’s expected to be back from a thigh injury towards the end of the month.
Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri are all out of this game for the visitors, while Tom Smith is also an injury concern. The Terriers will welcome back Christopher Schindler from suspension though, after he confused himself with his red card against Burnley.
Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town Preview and Predictions
Most people had Cardiff down as certainties for relegation at the start of the season. Those feelings were only compounded as the Bluebirds failed to win any of their first eight games of the campaign. However, Warnock is getting some excellent performances out of his players, which is more than can be said of their visitors on Saturday.
Huddersfield look like they’re on an inevitable slide back into the Championship. Even though Steve Mounie finally became the first Terriers striker to score this season last week against Burnley, Wagner desperately needs a goalscorer in this month’s transfer window. The league’s bottom club have only managed 13 goals in 21 games this term, which screams nothing but relegation.
It also means the Terriers are the underdogs in the betting against Cardiff, priced at 11/4 for the win. The hosts are 6/5, as they look for their fifth victory since the start of November. Both teams were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend - Cardiff most embarrassingly at the hands of League One strugglers Gillingham, but that could be a good thing with everything at stake in the league.
This game gives Cardiff the opportunity to put 11 points between themselves and basement boys Huddersfield. With that in mind, the away team may be happy to escape with a draw and live to fight another day, with the stalemate priced at 11/5.
Cardiff to win and over 2.5 goals at 7/2
Both of these teams are struggling to score, but everything’s riding on this game so the players will be going for it. This bet would’ve paid out three times in a row before the goalless draw between the sides in August.
0-0 draw at 13/2
Or back this game to go the same way as the first meeting between the sides this season. The teams have only managed 32 goals between them this term, while neither side boasts a player with more than four goals after 21 fixtures so far.