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

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Sunday, March 3, 2019


Molineux Stadium

Punter's Pick

Wolves are likely to come storming out the blocks after their dismal midweek defeat, and look good value to lead at both HT/FT with Bet365 at 7/5. Over 2.5 goals also looks appealing with the same firm at 11/10, whilst Diogo Jota can keep up his recent form and be backed to score anytime at 15/8 with Betfair.

Mid table Wolves take on relegation threatened Cardiff City, with the visitors in particular desperate for three points with games beginning to run out in their Premier League survival bid.

One step forward, two steps back for Cardiff

After back to back victories against Bournemouth and Southampton, the Bluebirds managed to haul themselves out of the relegation places, and had back to back home games to look forward to. However those two home games turned into somewhat of a nightmare, with a rampant Watford routing them 5-1, and and a struggling Everton cruising to three points in a 3-0 victory in midweek. Manager Neil Warnock would be right to scratch his head to explain those two performances coming off the back of successive wins, with his team imploding in both games at a critical time in the season.

Despite those setbacks, the teams around Cardiff have not pulled away, and the Bluebirds remain only two points from safety, with Southampton and Brighton still in their sights. A win against Wolves and other results going their way could even even leave them in the dizzying heights of sixteenth place by Saturday evening.

Wolves target top seven finish

Cardiff’s opponents on the other hand, have had no such struggles in the Premier League, with remarkable contrasting fortunes between themselves and the teams that got promoted alongside them – Cardiff and Fulham. Currently sitting proudly in seventh position, Wolves are at the very worse set for a top half of the table finish, and if they can maintain their form until the end of the season, could well finish top of the pile outside the established top six teams.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has not been talked up too much in terms of a manager of the season nomination, but if his side finishes in the top seven and can make it all the way in the FA Cup, there would surely be no more deserving winner. Unlike fellow promoted side Fulham, the club has been a lot smarter in the transfer market, with a canny mix of loan signings and permanent transfers working perfectly for them. Forward Raul Jimenez in particularly was a masterstroke of a loan signing, providing bite and quality in attack. The impressive Willy Bolly has also increasingly looked a snip at £10m, the towering defender being a standout performer in his debut Premier League season.

Team News

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy is in line for a surprise first league start of the campaign. The veteran goalkeeper has been limited to FA Cup action this season, but may be given the nod to get some game time before the vital FA Cup Quarter Final tie later this month.

Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa is finally fit to start after a calf problem and a spate between Neil Warnock and the midfielder’s private medical entourage. On-loan Oumar Niasse returns after being ineligible to face parent club Everton in midweek, while Joe Ralls, who missed the game with a pelvic injury, should be fit for selection. Harry Arter and Callum Paterson could also both return after being rested in midweek.

Wolves to prove too strong?

Cardiff come into this game on the back of a dreadful two home defeats, and despite Wolves’ own shocking defeat against Huddersfield in midweek, they should be back to their best at home. Cardiff seem incapable of keeping a clean sheet on the road, and Wolves mixture of quick and intelligent attackers along with the physical threat of Raul Jimenez will provide them plenty of headaches on Saturday.

Punter's Pick

Wolves are likely to come storming out the blocks after their dismal midweek defeat, and look good value to lead at both HT/FT with Bet365 at 7/5. Over 2.5 goals also looks appealing with the same firm at 11/10, whilst Diogo Jota can keep up his recent form and be backed to score anytime at 15/8 with Betfair.

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