We focus on matters at the Cardiff City Stadium, Wales this weekend. A Euro 2020 venue this summer, but in the meantime, it plays host to what will be a thrilling Championship encounter involving Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.
Bluebirds flying high
A recent turnaround in form has pushed the home team up through the pecking order and they are now considered contenders for the playoff places. Cardiff City lost only seven of their first 31 league matches this season and that’s less than the likes of Leeds United, Fulham and Brentford who are in the mix for a top-two finish and automatic promotion to the Premier League.
The Bluebirds collected what was their 11th with of the campaign last weekend when beating lowly Luton Town on the road. The win was expected by most, but the victors should be given credit for getting the job done as there are no easy games at this level. Followers have already witnessed their fair share of upsets and surprise results since the summer.
Lee Tomlin was the hero last week, scoring the only goal of the game when hitting the net on 73 minutes. That was his second winning goal in three games and he’s a player with the confidence to spare. The entire team have a new-found self-belief about them, and it shows in their results.
Dragged into a relegation battle
While their opponents have been climbing the table, passing the stragglers along the way, Wigan Athletic fans have been struggling for reasons to smile this winter. The visitors make this trip involved in what’s shaping up to be an ugly relegation battle. They lost last weekend to drop into the bottom three as the pressure begins to build.
There are crumbs of comfort for the Wigan loyal, however as the team won back-to-back games before losing to promotion-chasers Preston North End. Wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, the latter coming at Elland Road, shows no one is prepared to throw the towel in just yet and we expect to see Wigan fighting all the way to the finish.
Barkhuizen and Johnson were on target either side of the break for PNE before Dunkley hit back on the hour to force a nervy finish. Disappointing for Wigan but nothing was decided that day and there’s plenty of football to be played this season.
Cardiff vs Wigan prediction
The recent form of both teams – one pushing for promotion and the other fighting against the drop – would suggest this should be a straightforward game. The higher ranked team are boosted by home advantage and can make it count.
Nothing can be taken for granted in this division, especially in the thick of winter, but Cardiff are expected to be a popular pick with football fans making predictions. They have the ability and skill to live up to expectations and claim the points.
Championship betting odds
Cardiff are the traders’ pick, priced at 20/21 to win the match. The draw is being offered at 5/2 with an away win 11/4.