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Cardiff City Stadium

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Middlesbrough

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Cardiff City Stadium

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  It is the battle of the old school as experienced managers Neil Warnock and Tony Pulis pit their teams against each other at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Last time: Middlesbrough last visited Cardiff in October 2015, when they went home empty handed in a Championship match. A George Friend own goal was the only strike of the game, making the defeat even harder to bare for the visitors. However, Middlesbrough did go on to get promoted come the end of the campaign.

This time: Cardiff City are 11/8 to win with Middlesbrough at 2/1 and the draw 11/5.

You might remember: Despite both teams having had stints in the Premier League quite recently, you have to go back to the 1953/54 season for the last time two competed against each other in a top flight clash. Cardiff ran out 1-0 winners just before Christmas in 1953 during a season in which Boro finished second bottom.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

The Cardiff City Stadium will host this crucial Championship encounter

Old school tactics appear to be working as Cardiff continue to push for automatic promotion with Boro just four points adrift of the play-offs. A promotion-chasing Championship clash is set to light up South Wales on Saturday afternoon.

Only one thing is on the minds of both these sides this season and that is reaching the Premier League. Cardiff’s Christmas blip has firmly come to an end and Warnock is waving his promotion magic wand once again with the Bluebirds vying for the second automatic promotion spot. Boro’s bid to bounce straight back up is hanging in the balance and three points at Cardiff is close to becoming a necessity. Neither side can afford to lose in Wales.

Cardiff City are 11/8 to win and for a home side riding high just one point behind second placed Aston Villa. Equally, Cardiff are unbeaten in the league since New Year’s Day breeding confidence in a side that could not buy a win over the festive period. With form on their side, the Bluebirds look a daunting prospect for any visiting side.

Middlesbrough are 2/1 to win and Tony Pulis’ men have enjoyed success down in Cardiff over the years. In fact, Boro have claimed three wins in the last five meetings between the two at the Cardiff City Stadium. With 23 away goals as well, Pulis can be confident that they will trouble the scoresheet which will always give them a chance.

The draw is 11/5 and based on history, that is an unlikely outcome. So much so in fact that the last time the two sides shared the points was way back in 1953, with 16 meetings since.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is at 5/4 and that looks good value. Boro have scored 23 times away from the Riverside this season and that is joint-second highest in the Championship this season. Cardiff themselves have managed to average nearly two home goals a game with 28 from 15 so far meaning there will be plenty of goalmouth action.

Both teams to score is 10/11 and at close to evens that looks like great value. With the goalscoring prowess of the two sides and players such as Britt Assombalonga and Gary Madine on the pitch, the net should be bulging at both ends.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Second half action. In the last four meetings between the two, there has been at least one goal scored in the second half. Both teams to score in the second half is 11/4, providing plenty of opportunity to win big thanks to a late show from the pair.

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We fancy:

Cardiff to win and both teams to score is 9/2 and that could well prove one of the best value bets of the weekend. Cardiff have only lost twice on their own patch this season and have won 75% of all home games.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Middlesbrough to win 3-0 is 33/1, and although it is a long shot, they have previous. They have scored three times away from home twice already in 2018, and have a solid away defensive record of +6. It will be hard keeping Cardiff out at home but if anyone can do it, Boro can.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!