Championship Tips: Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City (Saturday, 5.30pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Betting Preview
Promotion chasing Cardiff City will look to maintain their winning form as they travel to struggling Sheffield Wednesday in this weekend’s action.
We take you through our Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City match preview and betting tips for the Saturday evening fixture from Hillsborough…
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Past Meetings
This will be the 38th competitive fixture between the two clubs, with neither side ahead on head-to-head victories with 14 wins apiece and nine draws.
The corresponding league clash in Wales earlier this season finished in a 1-1 draw after Souleymane Bamba’s last minute equaliser for Cardiff following Gary Hooper’s opener.
Cardiff have not beaten Wednesday in their last six attempts.
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Stats
Cardiff had only lost three of their opening 22 league games but lost four games on the spin over the Christmas period as they dropped out of the automatic promotion places.
Saturday’s 4-0 win over Sunderland stopped the rot but their away record is only the 8th best in the division and this must surely change if they are to secure automatic promotion back to the top flight.
New Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay guided his team to a 0-0 draw in the Sheffield derby last Friday away to high-flying United before a midweek 2-0 success over Carlisle in the FA Cup.
The Bluebirds had similar success in their midweek cup exploits with a 4-1 victory at Mansfield Town to set up a clash with Manchester City.
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Team News
Sheffield Wednesday are set to stick with their 3-5-2 formation but central defender Glenn Loovens will miss out after picking up a red card in the Sheffield derby.
Lucas Joao and Jordan Rhodes may lead the attack but Gary Hooper, George Boyd and Atdhe Nuhiu are all pushing for starts.
Cardiff should stick with their same starting XI that beat Sunderland 4-0 with their usual 4-4-1-1 line-up, with Kenneth Zohore leading the attack.
Reason for Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Bets
Since appointing their new manager, Wednesday appear to have turned a corner with two positive results in the space of a week.
Only one league win in their last 11 attempts does not read well but a renewed sense of positivity and hope abounds for the struggling Yorkshire giants, who have reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
Cardiff’s comfortable home win over basement club Sunderland ended a worrying rut of four straight defeats, which has derailed their promotion hopes.
The Welsh club do not have a favourable track record in this fixture and particularly at this ground, and they will be underdogs against a resurgent Wednesday with a passionate home crowd behind them.
However, don’t expect this game to have many goals – both teams haven’t scored in a Wednesday match in their past six games (they’re on a run of three consecutive clean sheets) while for Cardiff both teams have only scored in four of their last 11.
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Match Prediction
Sheffield Wednesday win 2/1 – Black Type
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City Best Bet
Under 1.5 goals 58/25 – MarathonBet