Foot Predictions shows Friday’s championship clash between Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.
Cardiff City face Huddersfield Town on Friday night looking to extend his unbeatable streak of 10 games under the newly appointed boss Mick McCarthy.
While the Bluebirds are now in the running for the championship playoffs, Huddersfield is looking to stay away from the relegation zone after claiming just one win since the turn of the year.
When Cardiff made the decision to replace Neil Harris with McCarthy, few fans would have been satisfied with the nomination of a man who failed to win fans in Ipswich Town.
As it stands, the Bluebird hierarchy seemed to have taken a masterstroke, the former coach of the Republic of Ireland taking the club to 24 points out of a possible 30.
Cardiff’s transformation was such that any draw with McCarthy is now considered a disappointment, highlighting the unforeseen climate change in the Welsh team.
With 12 games remaining and some of their rivals with open games, Cardiff should still be considered an outsider when it comes to claiming a playoff spot.
Still, Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Derby County on Tuesday night was emphatic, and McCarthy will see no reason why his players should not be able to repeat their performance against an unusual Huddersfield.
Having avoided defeat against relegation rivals Birmingham City, Carlos Corberan you will be satisfied with Terriers adding another point to your count.
However, the 1-1 draw lifted Huddersfield’s score to 2021 to six points from 12 games, their only win coming against Swansea City promotion pursuers.
The Yorkshire side is just a few victories from re-entering the mix for midway table seats, positions now considered desirable after inconsistency since the turn of the year.
With Huddersfield still having the eighth best home record in the division, Corberan and his players can taste the underdog mark as they face the team in the division’s shape.
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As long as he continues with a defense four, Corberan could name the same Huddersfield team that started the confrontation against the Blues.
Yaya Sanogo he is unlikely to be ready to make his first start, while Richard Stearman must keep his place ahead of Richard Keogh.
Defensive duo Christopher Schindler and Harry Toffolo remain on the sidelines because of injuries.
Cardiff will be forced to change at least one Joe Bennett suffering a knee injury against Derby in the middle of the week.
Joel Bagan must enter the team on the left side, with Harry Wilson also in the race to start after remaining an unused substitute against the Rams.
Possible initial lineup for Huddersfield Town:
Schofield; Edmonds-Green, Stearman, Sarr, Pipa; Bacuna, Vallejo, O’Brien; Holmes, Campbell, Mbenza
Possible initial line-up for Cardiff City:
Phillips; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Vaulks, Pack, Bagan; Ojo, Bacuna; Moore
Probability: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Cardiff City
Huddersfield has shown on several occasions this season that it is capable of defeating any level of opposition at the John Smith Stadium. However, we expect Cardiff to do a relatively light job for their hosts, facilitating a comfortable win with a clean sheet.
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