Cardiff City v Fulham Betting Tips: Who’ll take a step towards Wembley?
Odds and preview for Championship play-off first leg
We could be in for a tight game tonight, with Cardiff City narrow 33/20 favourites. Fulham are just behind at 7/4, with the draw at 2/1.
Both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings at the Cardiff City Stadium – BTTS is going for 19/20. But with so much at stake, and a second leg to come, we may be in for a cagey 90 minutes. Under 2.5 Goals is at 8/15.
Having finished as the Championship’s top scorer, it’s no surprise Aleksandar Mitrovic leads the goalscorer markets. The Fulham striker is 7/2 to score first or 13/8 to net anytime. Bobby Decordova-Reid is 14/5 to net against his former club.
Our traders have Callum Patterson, Danny Ward and Robert Glatzel all level at 12/5 anytime as Cardiff’s likeliest goalscorers.
Will Cardiff City or Fulham return to the Premier League at the first time of asking? Both sides are potentially three games away from the top flight, starting with tonight’s Championship play-off semi-final first leg at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Fulham only missed out on automatic promotion on the final day. They finished fourth, eight points above the hosts, though that tends to go out of the window in the play-off lottery.
These teams last met less than three weeks ago, with Fulham running out 2-0 winners. But with so much football since then, Cardiff have built some real momentum with three straight wins to close out the regular season. Fulham come into this on a seven-game unbeaten streak, winning five of them.
The Bluebirds have struggled in recent games against the West London side. They’ve only won one of the last eleven meetings. But having home advantage for the first leg could be crucial. Neil Harris’ side have only lost three home games in league action this term. Can they get a result to take to Craven Cottage on Thursday?
If they’re going to come out on top, they’ll need to find a way to keep out Aleksandar Mitrovic. Cardiff conceded 58 goals this term, more than any other side in the top nine, and the Serbia international scored in both games against them.
At the other end, Harris can’t call on a goalscorer as prolific as Mitrovic. In a game like this, you need to take your chances. Will the likes of Danny Ward and Robert Glatzel keep their nerve?
It’s all set up for plenty of drama, who’ll take a big step towards promotion?
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.