By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 29th November 2018
Cardiff City will play host this Friday when they face newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Cardiff City stadium. Neil Warnock’s men will be desperate for a win to create some traction at the bottom of the league for his men, but face a tough game against wily opposition.
Cardiff vs Wolves: odds and predictions
The away side are trading as 11/10 favourites to win in our Cardiff vs Wolves predictions, despite being dealt with short odds. Meanwhile, Warnock’s men are punting as 11/4 outsiders, with a share of the spoils of war tipped at 11/5.
The home side have all to do in the latest installation of Friday Night Football, facing a side managed by the wily tactician that is Nuno Espirito Santos.
If the Bluebirds are to take anything away from the game they will need striker Calum Paterson to be as efficient as possible in front of goal, as wasted chances will not do the Cardiff moral any good.
The 24-year-old has already bagged three goals this season, displaying an impressive ability to not only find players in more threatening positions, but also a clinical finishing technique in the box.
Priced up at odds of 7/1, Paterson is our pick to score first in Friday’s clash at the Cardiff City stadium.
Yet whether Paterson performs well may not matter if the Wanderer’s arrive with their ‘A’ game.
A midfield boasting both the experience of Jao Moutinho and youthful skill of Ruben Neves has pulled the strings for Raul Jiminez and co up front – a deadly combination that has often led to goals for Santos’s team.
Instead, our Cardiff vs Wolves betting tips focuses on Helder Costa, who despite not scoring any goals this season, has impressed with his skill and pace on the counter.
The young Portuguese forward is wagering at 15/2 to score first and could do some damage to the Cardiff defence if his attacking presence is not nullified.
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Cardiff vs Wolves predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Wolves to win 2-1, forecast @ 8/1
Cardiff have earned just five points from their last 51 available away from home in the Premier League, and the first match bet in our Cardiff vs Wolves predictions tips this woeful points record to extend this Friday on home turf.
While Warnock’s men may put up a fight, given that they are battling on home turf for a much-needed three points, we’re forecasting Wolves to possess too much firepower to be defeated, with the odds trading at 8/1.
Indeed, the home side may be given some hopes after the Wanderers bottled it against bottom-of-the-league Huddersfield last week, but this should prove to be a minor blip in Wolves radar.
Doherty has so far created 10 goalscoring chances for his teammate Raul Jiminez this season, with only Gylfi Siggurdson trumping him in the Premier League records.
The Irish international has often been the provider this season and playing on the Cardiff City stadium turf which usually allows for more width to be manipulated, he will be able to whip in more crosses.
Despite the fact that Doherty only has two assists to his name, our betting tipsters are still swaying in his favour to set up Jiminez and co on this Friday clash, with the odds reflecting this wager.
Scorer tips: Raul Jiminez our pick to score first @ 9/2
The last of our Cardiff vs Wolves predictions centre around Wolves striker Raul Jiminez, who has looked potent and efficient in front of goal this season.
Not only has he impressed with goals, but with four assists to his name, Jiminez has proved that he can play the role of the provider just as well as he plays the goalscorer.
Bar a recent lapse in concentration against Huddersfield, the Mexican forward has consistently been found by the likes of Neves and Diego Jota in behind the back four – a habit that could be Cardiff City’s downfall.
Cardiff vs Wolves stats: Opta
- This is the first top-flight meeting between Cardiff City and Wolves since February 1962, a 3-2 win for Wolves at Ninian Park.
- None of the last eight league meetings between Cardiff and Wolves in Cardiff have ended as draws – both sides have won four games apiece in that time.
- Wolves have won all four of their league matches played on Friday under manager Nuno Espirito Santo – all four were in the Championship last season.
- After two consecutive 0-0 draws in August, Cardiff have neither drawn or kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League games (W2 D0 L8).
- Wolves’ Rúben Neves scored the winner in this exact fixture in the Championship last season – his last away league goal for the club to date.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.