By Thomas Reynolds
24th August 2018
Saturday 25th August
Stadium: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Huddersfield vs Cardiff odds
David Wagner’s men are 13/10 favourites for their first three points of 2018/19 in the Huddersfield vs Cardiff odds, while the Bluebirds are 23/10 for their maiden victory and the draw’s betting at 21/10.
This may only be the third of the season’s 38 games, but the spectre of a return to the Championship already looms large over the fixture, thanks in part to the William Hill traders, who’ve priced up the sides’ relegation odds at 4/6 and 4/9 respectively.
Huddersfield vs Cardiff betting tips and predictions
There are plenty of concerning statistics surrounding the hosts ahead of this John Smith’s Stadium showdown, but foremost must be the fact that they’ve failed to score in 22 of their 40 league games since earning promotion to the top flight.
Particularly pertinently for the Huddersfield vs Cardiff odds, they’ve also bagged just once in their past seven matches on home turf, despite attempting 98 shots in that time.
At least the Terriers having won just once in their last 12 league games is mitigated by having played five of the ‘big six’ during their last five outings.
However, any thoughts that they might be a ready bet to reap the rewards now the bar’s been lowered slightly are harpooned by their recent record against the Bluebirds and that of Wagner against Warnock.
The Cardiff boss is unbeaten in three against his German foe, including wins in their two clashes since his arrival in south Wales (both came just two seasons ago and both saw City notch three times).
So we have two managers with distinct tactical philosophies, one of whom tends to get the better of the other.
With the Terriers hardly ramming their roster with elite additions since (Aaron Mooy remains their conductor in chief), we’ve got to be looking at how to get with the visitors in the Huddersfield vs Cardiff odds.
Draw no bet odds of 5/4 could be the betting pick of the bunch, however given how closely matched these sides may be, not to mention their recent head-to-head record, the elephantine 11/2 around Cardiff winning a match of over 2.5 goals is our prediction tip.
Huddersfield vs Cardiff team news
The Terriers will be without Mathias Zanka and Danny Williams through injury. The forecast is Jonathan Hogg will be a doubt for the clash while summer signing Erik Durm continues to work towards match fitness.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock will be sweating on the participation of last season’s leading Cardiff goalscorer Junior Hoilett, who has picked up a knock. Aron Gunnarsson remains a couple of weeks away from playing and will not be rushed back.
Key players to watch
Bluebirds striker Kenneth Zohore managed more attempts on goal in his one outing so far (four against Newcastle), than any other City player had summoned across both their fixtures, making him far better value at odds of 13/2 to score first than away goalscorer favourite Bobby Reid (6/1).
At the other end of the Huddersfield vs Cardiff odds to open the scoring, a betting 28/1 pick Sol Bamba was a big threat from set pieces in the Bluebirds match against Newcastle, and against Bournemouth.
For the hosts, Jon Gorenc Stankovic looks a big price to find the net at 15/2 in the anytime goalscorer odds, having bagged against Manchester City last time out, mustering a higher shots-per-game average than any other Terrier this season in the process.
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Recent bouts between the two sides have swung entirely in Cardiff’s favour with the Bluebirds coming out on top in five of the last six encounters:
Here’s how their head to head record stands in recent times: Cardiff City 3-1 Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City, Cardiff City 2-0 Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Town 2-3 Cardiff City, Cardiff City 3-2 Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Town 0-3 Cardiff City.