Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) Championship fixture features two sides hoping for promotion to the Premier League. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Cardiff beat Bolton 2-0 in midweek to keep pressure on the sides above them as they sit in fourth place. Armand Traore and Sean Morrison both netted before-half time to make sure it was a comfortable evening for the Bluebirds. Middlesbrough won their last game 2-1 as they defeated Reading to keep alive their promotion hopes. Adama Traore netted a brace either side of half-time for the Teesiders on that occasion. The reverse fixture came in October in the North-East and the visitors won on that occasion coming out on top 1-0. Joe Ralls netted a penalty to secure the three points for the Welsh side.

Betting Tips and Predictions

It is hard to argue with the prices on offer here as Cardiff are strong at home while Middlesbrough are showing some good signs on the road to perhaps suggest that they are suited to playing away under Tony Pulis. It is probably best to look somewhere other than the full-time result maket for the value. In three of their last four at home the Bluebirds have netted two or more while Boro have netted two or more on the road in three of their last four so I think the game to have over 2.5 goals makes sense while a small stake on over 3.5 goals is a value call.

Over 2.5 goals in this game

Over 3.5 goals in this game

Cardiff City scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
D H

06-05-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

13-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Taffs Well Team Logo Taffs Well

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Tavistock AFC

FT 0 - 6

(HT 0 - 5)

W A

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Bodmin Town Team Logo Bodmin Town

FT 1 - 11

(HT 1 - 7)

D A

20-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Torquay United Team Logo Torquay United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

25-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 5

(HT 1 - 3)

W H

03-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Amiens Team Logo Amiens

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

11-08-2018

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W A

10-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Spennymoor Town FC Team Logo Spennymoor Town FC

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sandhausen Team Logo Sandhausen

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Accrington Stanley Team Logo Accrington Stanley

FT 4 - 3

(HT 3 - 1)

L A

24-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Rochdale Team Logo Rochdale

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Hartlepool United Team Logo Hartlepool United

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 4)

D A

04-08-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

07-08-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 7 - 6

(HT 2 - 2)

Cardiff City Preview

A run of five without defeat for the Bluebirds means they are right in the mix for the second automatic promotion spot. They are currently in fourth but are just one point Villa having played the same amount of games and are level with Derby and have a match in hand. At the Cardiff City Stadium, they have lost just twice all season though those defeats have come in their last four. The ten home goals they have conceded is along with Derby the best home defensive record in the division. The Cardiff defence has looked strong in recent weeks and have shipped just two goals in their last five fixtures. Sean Morrison and Junior Hoilett both have two goals in their last three appearances.

Cardiff City Team News

Jamie Ward (unknown), Danny Ward (knee), Aron Gunnarsson (ankle), Craig Bryson (Achilles) and Matt Connolly (muscle) are doubts.

Middlesbrough Preview

It has been a mixed bag of late for the Teesiders with two victories, one draw and two defeats from their last five. They sit in ninth place four points away from the top six and this is the only of their next seven to come against teams in the top eight. Away from the Riverside Stadium, they had struggled earlier in the season but have won three of their last four on the road. Only Fulham have scored more road goals than the 23 they have netted this season. Adama Traore is finding a new lease of life under Tony Pulis and has three goals in his last four in the league. 15 of the 29 league goals Middlesbrough have conceded this season have come in the first-half.

Middlesbrough Team News

They have no registered injuries or suspensions ahead of this game

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

3.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Middlesbrough Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 188 90
5 LB Bruno Ecuele Manga 186 76
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 78
3 RB Joseph Bennett 183 74
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 89
24 CM Marko Grujic 191 82
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 70
18 CM Callum Paterson 183 76
33 LF Junior Hoilett 173 70
32 RF Armand Traore 185 82
10 CF Kenneth Zohore 189 98
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Darren Randolph 188 98
6 CD Ben Gibson 185 78
4 CD Daniel Ayala 190 81
3 RB George Friend 188 83
5 LB Ryan Shotton 191 85
7 CM Grant Leadbitter 177 79
16 CM Jonathan Howson 180 77
27 CM Muhamed Besic 180 75
37 LF Adama Traore 178 72
39 CF Rudy Gestede 193 86
19 RF Stewart Downing 180 64