There is no love lost between this pair and this promises to be another feisty affair as the sides meet just a few months on from Cardiff’s 2-1 win over the Robins, a game which has proved to be something of a turning point in their season. The bookies make Bristol City clear favourites for the win here but on current form it’s impossible to confidently back them and the value looks to be with the visitors.
Cardiff have been much more competitive since Neil Warnock took charge and they are a tough side to beat now. They’ve lost just 1 of their last 6 league matches and only 4 of their 13 in the Championship under their new boss. They’ve improved in the final third, despite generally playing with only one striker and both teams have scored in all of their last 5 away games. There are goals in their midfield with the likes of Peter Whittingham regularly chipping in and against a leaky Bristol City defence, they should get several opportunities to score in this match.
After a bright start, Bristol City’s season has been heading in the wrong direction for some time now. The board deserve credit for keeping faith with Lee Johnson, a bright young manager going through the first real rocky patch in his managerial career. However, the plain facts are that Bristol City have lost 9 of their last 10 Championship games, including all of their last six. They are now level on points with Cardiff, having played a game more and failure to pick up anything from this game will leave them deep in relegation trouble.
Bristol City have already added some new recruits this month but they may need time to gel and they failed to see off League One Fleetwood at home in the FA Cup last weekend. Those 6 straight league defeats have all been by a single goal and regularly have come late on, which indicates the fragile confidence levels of this Bristol City team right now. The Bluebirds are playing with real belief now and although all-round quality is still an issue, they look the side more capable of coming out on top here, even if the bookies suggest otherwise.
Therefore, backing Double Chance – Cardiff or Draw at 8/11 looks like a good bet here.
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