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10/04/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Villa Park V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away Cardiff City

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Goals, or indeed a lack of them. Under 0.5 goals can be backed as high as 9/1, while under 2.5 goals is available at a healthy 8/11 for more of a value punt. That said, the higher end of the market is also interesting with over 3.5 goals at 57/17.

2 We fancy:

Today’s football prediction is the 1-1 draw at 11/2 – both managers will be desperate to avoid a defeat in this match, and we are backing a low-scoring draw to occur at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Cardiff were 3-0 winners when the two teams locked horns in Wales earlier this season. That particular scoreline on this occasion can be backed at 50/1, which is an interesting price when considering all of the facts in this Championship preview.

Team News

Aston Villa's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Jonathan Kodja and Lewis Grabban are both pushing for spots in the starting XI after featuring off the bench in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Norwich City.

Henri Lansbury is also an option as head coach Steve Bruce considers shuffling his pack in a bid to return to winning ways in the Championship.

Cardiff City's Last Six:

Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

Bruno Ecuele Manga is expected to return to the Cardiff XI after not being deemed fit enough to face Wolves on Friday night.

As mentioned above in this Championship preview, Mendez-Laing scored twice in the reverse match earlier this season, and the attacker could start here as boss Neil Warnock considers changes following Friday’s 1-0 defeat.

Aston Villa vs Cardiff City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Aston Villa captain John Terry has led his side to what looks like being a certain top six finish ahead of Cardiff City’s visit in the Sky Bet Championship

Cardiff will look to record their third straight league victory over Aston Villa when the two teams lock horns at Villa Park on Tuesday night. The Welsh outfit ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse match at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier this season, but Aston Villa did win their last clash at Villa Park – a 3-1 success in November 2016. Both teams will enter this game off the back of Championship defeats, with Cardiff losing 1-0 at home to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night before Aston Villa suffered a 3-1 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

Aston Villa are 5/4 as they look to return to winning ways in the Championship. Steve Bruce’s side have lost three of their last five in the league, with their latest defeat coming away to Norwich on Saturday afternoon. The former Premier League club are still comfortably inside the play-off positions however, and have been strong at Villa Park this season, recording 12 wins and suffering just two defeats. Bruce’s team are unlikely to catch the top two but also unlikely to drop out of the top six. That said, they will be desperate to finish as high up the Championship table as possible.

Cardiff are 64/25 to triumph at Villa Park on Tuesday night. Fulham’s incredible form means that Cardiff are now just two points clear of the third-placed Cottagers, although the Welsh outfit do have a game in hand on the teams around them. Neil Warnock’s side, who are always the subject of interest when it comes to Championship predictions, suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves on Friday night as they fell nine points off the pace set by the leaders, and it was an incredible finish to the match in Wales as the hosts missed two late penalties. The Bluebirds have dropped points in 10 of their 19 away Championship matches this season, meanwhile, which is worth considering when analysing the football predictions market.

The draw is 12/5, which seems a fair price when considering the best football betting tips for this match. Aston Villa have shared the points on six occasions at Villa Park in the Championship this season, while Cardiff have managed five draws on their travels. That said, there has only been one draw between these two teams since February 1970, with that occurring in Wales in February 2014, which is something to consider when reviewing the potential football score predictions.

Jonathan Kodja is 6/1 in the first goalscorer market for Aston Villa, while the forward is at 10/1 to score two or more goals during the 90 minutes of action. The 28-year-old has only just recovered from a long-term ankle injury, but has appeared off the bench in Aston Villa’s last three Championship matches, and will be eyeing a start here.

Kenneth Zohore is 15/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Cardiff striker is at 14/1 to net twice or more during the 90 minutes of football. Zohore has managed eight goals in 29 Championship appearances this season, and he will fancy his chances of causing the home side’s defence a lot of problems in this match.

Predicted Score: Aston Villa 1 - 1 Cardiff City

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.