Market: Sheffield United win
Odds: 5/4 @ 888sport
Looking to find a route back into the top-two before heading into the World Cup break, Sheffield United will make the trip to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Cardiff might have managed to pick up a much-needed 1-0 win away at Sunderland earlier in the month, the Bluebirds came crashing back down to earth a few days ago. Putting in a nightmare display in south Wales as they were hit with an action-packed 3-2 loss at home against Hull, interim boss Mark Hudson finds his side firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. Although Cardiff might have clung to their Championship status last season, they do find themselves in the midst of another extended rut. Now losing five of their previous seven second-tier matchups, Saturday’s hosts have also gained a reputation for their issues on home soil. It should be noted, including that 3-2 loss at the hands of Hull in midweek, Hudson’s temporary squad have taken just three points from their last four showdowns at the Cardiff City Stadium.
As for the visitors, left hugely frustrated earlier in the week after getting hit with a shock 1-0 loss at home against Rotherham, Sheffield United will be seeking an immediate response on Saturday afternoon. However, despite watching their four-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end at Bramall Lane, Paul Heckingbottom’s side are still firmly battling it out in the promotion chase. Making the trip to south Wales this weekend sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-two, the Blades will be desperate to lay down a pre-World Cup marker here. Likewise, it should also be noted, including back-to-back victories away at Bristol City and West Brom, Sheffield United have won five of their previous seven Championship contests on the road. Two sides who find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the table, we’re backing Heckingbottom’s side to make an immediate return to winning ways here.
Bet: Sheffield United 5/4 to beat Cardiff in Saturday’s Championship matchup @ 888sport
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