Cardiff City are under pressure after losing the duel to Wolves
Aston Villa won the last three games at this stadium against the Bluebirds
Aston Villa v Cardiff City Match Preview | English Championship
Kick-off: 10 April 2018 – 19:45 UK time
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa v Cardiff City: Betting Tips
42nd round of the English Championship is played during the mid-week, bringing us high-profile duel in Birmingham. Hosts Aston Villa are most certainly going to play in this year’s playoffs, with very low chances to get involved into the direct promotion battle. They are seven points behind that position, but with a good shot to narrow it down to four. The Villans welcome Cardiff City this Tuesday.
The Bluebirds have suffered narrow loss in front of home stand to Wolverhampton last Thursday. That defeat has ended a streak of thirteen consecutive games in the Championship without a loss. The gap between them and Fulham FC is now only two points (Cardiff have played one game less than the Cottagers). Potential loss at Villa Park would cause a lot of issues, there is no doubt about that.
Home coach Steve Bruce is struggling to lift team spirits lately. Aston Villa have lost three out of the last five divisional duels. Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Norwich City was an upset. Hosts still won’t be able to count on Christopher Samba and Alan Hutton (injured). However, one of the best players from last season Jonathan Kodjia should take place in the starting roster.
I am not expecting to see a match full of action. There is a lot on stake for the visitors, who will try to avoid the defeat at any cost. Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) is my first betting prediction.
As for the value bet, Cardiff City were not looking so bad against the Wolves in the previous round, which can’t be said for their Tuesday’s opponents. The Bluebirds to win draw no bet at 6/5 (2.30) is worth a punt as well.
Aston Villa v Cardiff City: Head-to-Head Stats
These two teams have played 36 times in the past. Squad from Birmingham has a small 17-15 lead in terms of victories.
The last two encounters, both played in Wales, were won by the Bluebirds with total goal difference of 4-0. They have lost the last three games at Villa Park though.
Aston Villa vs Cardiff City: Prediction
Under 2.5 goals @ 7/10 (1.70) – Bet £10 and get £30 in free bets with William Hill!
Cardiff City to win draw no bet @ 6/5 (2.20) – Bet £10 and get £25 in free bets with BoyleSports!
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