Cardiff City v Watford Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Cardiff City v Watford

Premier League: Sat, 09/02  Stadium: Anfield

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The draw at 11/5 with Bet365 looks a realistic prospect, with the game to end a draw with a +1 handicap in Watford’s favour is an interesting 15/4, also with Bet365. The fixture promises to be a tight tussle, with under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Betfair looking appealing, especially with the ability to cash out if the game goes a significant period of time without an opening goal.



*Odds correct at time of publication.

Cardiff City’s fight for survival resumes on Friday, as they welcome eighth placed and FA Cup Quarter Finalists Watford to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Back to back wins give Bluebirds hope

With Fulham and Huddersfield Town seemingly doomed to relegation, the fight for survival has intensified in recent weeks, with as many as five teams including Cardiff still in the battle to stay up. With teams such as Brighton in freefall and Southampton and Newcastle continuing to be inconsistent, Cardiff have strung together back to back wins to move them outside of the dropzone by one point. The last minute 2-1 winner against Southampton in their last league game was of particularly significance as they pushed their opponents into the relegation zone, and was the perfect follow up to their previous win, 2-0 against Bournemouth.

The Watford game marks a series of fixtures against teams in mid-table, with Everton, Wolves, West Ham all on the horizon. Manager Neil Warnock will be emphasizing the need to pick up points against teams who may be running out of steam and motivation as the final stretch of the season approaches, especially with fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United still to follow.

Watford flying high in league and cup

Cardiff’s opponents on Friday currently sit in eighth place, and have also reached the FA Cup Quarter Finals, in what has been a hugely impressive season to date for Javi Gracia’s team. With just one defeat in their least ten league and cup games, they are proving to be tricky opposition for most opponents, with a perfect blend of youth, experience, pace, power and tactical setup making them an awkward team to face.

Watford’s only real weakness is their lack of out and out goalscorer – Troy Deeney tops their charts with just six goals, with Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray with five goals apiece. They may already be targeting a frontman to strengthen the team next season, as they look to build on what is likely to be a top ten finish this campaign.

Cardiff home form v Watford away success

Cardiff’s home form has been pretty reasonable this season, with five wins so far from thirteen games, which is just as well as they have only picked up eight points on their travels so far this campaign, three of which came in their last league fixture. Four of their losses have come against teams from the top six, so they will be fairly optimistic of continuing their recent upturn in form.

Watford have picked up seventeen points away from home so far, illustrating they are a team to be respected. They are particularly adept at picking up points against teams from outside top top six, so it promise to be a fascinating matchup between the two sides.

Close match could end in stalemate

With both teams in good form and playing with confidence, it could be a case they end up cancelling each other out. Watford are not a team prone to conceding too many goals on their travels, with only sixteen conceded in thirteen games, suggesting they will look to keep things tight and contain the home team. Cardiff’s haul of fifteen goals in thirteen home games does not suggest they will be blowing away the visitors, so it could be an attritional and tight affair on Friday night.

Punter’s Picks

The draw at 11/5 with Bet365 looks a realistic prospect, with the game to end a draw with a +1 handicap in Watford’s favour is an interesting 15/4, also with Bet365. The fixture promises to be a tight tussle, with under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Betfair looking appealing, especially with the ability to cash out if the game goes a significant period of time without an opening goal.



*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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