Cardiff City vs Preston North End Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 19:45 Hrs

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

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Cardiff City vs Preston North End Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Friday (29th) evening game (19:45) fixture is live on SKYTV and features two sides in the promotion mix in the Championship. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Cardiff suffered a second successive loss as they went down to a 4-2 home defeat to Fulham on Boxing Day. Kenneth Zohore marked a return from injury with a goal while Callum Paterson also netted for the Bluebirds but they were undone by a visiting side who converted almost every chance they created. Preston were held to a goalless draw at Barnsley in their Boxing Day fixture to continue their unbeaten run. It was a game low on chances but the Lilywhites were the closest of the two sides to coming out on top. The reverse fixture came on the 12th September at Deepdale and it was North-End who came out on top that day with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Josh Harrop, Sean Maguire and Alan Browne each grabbed one goal on that occasion.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Despite a couple of defeats, I think Cardiff look the value selection here. Fulham seemed to score with every opportunity they created on Boxing Day and the Bluebirds did not play that badly. They have eight victories from 12 at their own ground this season and while the draw is a real risk with Preston the prices on offer mean you should side with the hosts. Sol Bamba looked a real threat from set-pieces in their last game and the Bluebirds defender has three for the season and scored in the penultimate home game. I think he looks good each-way value in the first goalscorer market in a game not blessed with a dominant goalscorer.

Cardiff to win the game

Sol Bamba first goalscorer, each-way

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

Preston North End scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

3.1

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
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)

D H

18-08-2018

Premier League

Newcastle United Team Logo Newcastle United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Preston North End Form Guide

Preston North End Team Logo

Preston North End

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

07-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Bamber Bridge Team Logo Bamber Bridge

FT 0 - 7

(HT 0 - 5)

W A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

AFC Fylde Team Logo AFC Fylde

FT 1 - 6

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

17-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Cobh Ramblers Team Logo Cobh Ramblers

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 4)

D H

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

West Ham United Team Logo West Ham United

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

23-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Oldham Athletic Team Logo Oldham Athletic

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

04-08-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Morecambe Team Logo Morecambe

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

18-08-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

Cardiff City Preview

It is now back-to-back defeats for the Bluebirds which has seen them slip out of second and the automatic promotion spots. This marks the first of a five-game run in which they do not face any of the top eight sides. At Cardiff City Stadium, they suffered their first defeat last time out but before that it was eight victories and three draws from the 11 previous. They have shipped just nine home goals this season though four of these came in the previous match with Fulham. Three of their last five have seen both teams find the back of the net and gone over 2.5 goals. The last five Cardiff fixtures have seen a total of seven goals in the final 15 minutes and nine in the final 30.

Cardiff City Team News

Sean Morrison (unknown), Kadeem Harris (ankle), Aron Gunnarsson (ankle), Danny Ward (unknown) and Lee Camp (groin) are doubts while Jazz Richards (ankle) is a long-term absentee

Preston North End Preview

It is two straight draws for North-End and eight unbeaten as they continue to keep in touching distance of the play-offs. They sit in ninth place (four points behind sixth) and they have a mixed run with two top seven sides upcoming and then two bottom ten opponents. Away from Deepdale, they have looked good in recent times taking eight points from their last four and losing just two of their last ten. Three of their last five and seven of their last nine on their travels have seen both teams score. Just one of the last six for Preston have gone over 2.5 goals and their last five have produced a total of seven goals. The last five the Lancashire side have played have failed to see a goal scored in the first 45 minutes.

Preston North End Team News

Darnell Fisher (unknown) Josh Earl, Tommy Spurr (both knee) are doubts while Sean Maguire (also hamstring) is a long-term absentee.

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

Preston North End 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

Cardiff City vs Preston North End Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 188 90
18 LB Callum Paterson 183 76
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 89
2 RB Lee Peltier 178 73
5 CD Bruno Ecuele Manga 186 76
7 CM Lee Tomlin 180 74
20 CM Loic Damour 180 75
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 70
19 LF Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 180 75
12 RF Liam Feeney 183 76
10 CF Kenneth Zohore 189 98
No. Pos Player M kg
22 GK Chris Maxwell 183 73
5 LB Tom Clarke 180 77
23 CD Paul Huntington 191 80
20 CD Ben Davies 183 80
3 RB Gregory Cunningham 183 70
12 CDM Paul Gallagher 183 79
4 CDM Ben Pearson 166 71
29 CM Tom Barkhuizen 175 70
8 CM Alan Browne 173 71
7 CM Daryl Horgan 170 -
9 CF Jordan Hugill 183 64