On Saturday at 15:00, Cardiff and Middlesbrough meet in a duel at the top of the Championship, the English second league. Cardiff is ranked 4th in the standings (goal 47-27), and Boro is in 9th place in the playoff fight (40-29).
The hosts will miss three players, Gunnarsson, Bryson and Connolly, but these are not big batch problems. Middlesbrough, under the command of Tony Pulis, comes with the full batch in Wales and will attack the victory to keep qualifying chances in the play-off promotion. There are two bands in the defensive, but they also have decisive players in the attack, which can make the difference anytime. A plus here is on the side of the guests who have a valuable trident with Assombalonga top of the lance (12 goals this season). Cardiff relies on Madine and Hoilett’s rewards in a fiercely announced match.
Good shape for both teams
Cardiff is unbeaten in the 5-game championship and comes after a convincing 2-0 with modest Bolton Wandarers. Middlesbrough also has a good series, with only one defeat in the last 6 matches, and a 2-1 victory over Reading last weekend gives confidence in the white-and-white camp. But being a major match, the defensive will have to be high and we have very good odds for the “Both Mark” bet.
The statistics of the direct duels show us a full balance: the draw has not been recorded for more than 15 matches (!), And the balance of the victories is divided. Cardiff won seven of these last 15 games, and Middlesbrough 8. The “GG” bet was not the winner but four times in this series, because both rivals have always tried to annihilate each other. It is worth trying an “X” bet, because if the score will be the same in the last half hour, both teams will try to be more cautious to take the point.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.60