Huddersfield vs. Cardiff Predictions: Danny Ward to keep The Terriers unbeaten streak alive
Wednesday night sees six more games taking place in the Championship and we have previews and best bets on site for all the games which you can find in our Championship hub. We have asked our EFL expert @OddsTerrier to check out the game at The John Smiths Stadium between Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City and he's picked out his best two bets for the match for your perusal.
Huddersfield vs. Cardiff Tips
Carlos Corberan and Huddersfield Town continue to shock the Championship and provided their biggest shock to date thus far at the weekend, stunning the league leaders Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage, to make it 13 unbeaten in the league and 15 in all competitions. The Terriers sit 5th in the league and while they are in front of teams with games in hand, they are beginning to look capable of staying around the playoff spots until the end of the season. The bookmakers, however, still don't fancy their chances: they can be backed at 18/1 to gain promotion to the top flight of English football for the 2nd time in five years. These are exactly the type of games they will need to win if they are to achieve that feat.
And that's because Cardiff City are another bogey team for Town. The Bluebirds are undefeated in their last 16 matches against Huddersfield in all competitions and their last loss was a 1-0 win for Peter Jackson's men, back in 2003 in League 2, courtesy of a trademark Andy Booth winner. Cardiff are on a great run themselves, after a torrid start to the season and have won four of their last six Championship contests. Steve Morison has steadied the ship following the sacking of Mick McCarthy and they should be safe from a relegation battle, should they maintain their current form.
Town are favourites at 13/10, whilst Cardiff and the Draw are both priced around 23/10.
My first selection is a boosted price on Huddersfield striker Danny Ward to score anytime. bet365 were already top price on the 30-year-old at 13/5 but they have boosted him out to 10/3 to net in the 90 minutes. Ward is undergoing a renaissance in his second spell in West Yorkshire, when many Town fans thought his best days were in his past and he would struggle to make an impression at the John Smiths.
Ward has primarily played as a lone striker and at times can be pretty isolated. However, his work rate and endeavour has never stopped all season and the efforts have finally bore fruit. Ward leads the team in goals (11), shots (58) and shots on target (26) , while his goal return is his best ever in a career dating back to 2009.
Given Ward is Huddersfield's chief goal threat, they are at home and are unbeaten in 13, the 10/3 on offer looks a superb price.
My second pick is a bet-builder treble at Paddy Power consisting of Huddersfield to Win, Huddersfield Most Corners and Cardiff Most Cards.
I really don't see this being an easy game for Town; as mentioned earlier Cardiff never lose to Huddersfield but this is a different beast we're talking about this year - they seem to just get the job done regardless. Town have won eight of their 16 home games so far and seem to now eventually be turning the draws into wins. Cardiff have lost three of their last five away games so are having issues on the road.
In terms of corners both these teams average around 4.1 per game but when we break that down to home and away Huddersfield average 4.75 at the JSS and City only 3.81 away from home.
Cardiff comfortably have the worst disciplinary record with 70 yellows and three reds, compared to Town with 57y and 0r.
All things considered I like the 17/2 on offer here and will be having a small stake for my second bet.
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