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Cardiff vs Leeds: Bluebirds run to continue at Whites’ expense

| 20.04.2012

Cardiff will welcome Leeds to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, confident of justifying a 4/6 price for the win that would see them cement a Championship playoff spot.

Their visitors have yet to find consistency under Neil Warnock, hence their 4/1 odds for success in Wales, and the consecutive away defeats they have suffered as a prelude to this game indicate the magnitude of their task.

It is 13/5 about the draw, and punters investing in this outcome will take heart from the 1-1 stalemate the sides played out at Elland Road earlier in the season.

The Welsh outfit have traditionally got the better of this fixture in recent seasons however, winning six of the last seven encounters, and they managed to shut Leeds out in four of those meetings.

This statistic, teamed with the fact that Cardiff have conceded just once in their past five league outings, indicate that the 6/4 for the home side to keep a clean sheet are worth investment.

What appears an even more attractive bet though, considering Leeds’ failure to find the net on their past two games on the road, is for Cardiff to win to nil at a very tempting 2/1.

The Bluebirds’ last home success came via a 2-0 scoreline, and that would appear to have chances of recurrence here, as a 6/1 shot.

Malky Mackay’s men have had a tendency to start somewhat lethargically on their own turf over the course of the campaign, and have gone into the break level in half of their 22 home matches.

Punters may wish to get behind the 7/2 odds for a half-time draw and full-time home win with that in mind, which could see Cardiff keep up their trend of scoring more second half goals than first.

Kenny Miller will be the home side’s main danger, and the tireless Scotsman looks well worth backing at 9/2 to break the deadlock with his 12th goal of the season.



John Klee