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Homebirds Cardiff to edge past holders Wigan in FA Cup clash

| 14.02.2014

Relegation-haunted Cardiff’s goalless draw at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League did little to aid their survival cause, but the Bluebirds have been models of consistency in their pair of FA Cup ties under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and can see off holders Wigan at home at odds of 1/1.

Solskjaer has overseen just the one top-flight win since taking over the south Wales outfit at the start of 2014, but Newcastle and Bolton have been vanquished in the world’s greatest domestic cup competition under the Norwegian.

Both of those victories came on their travels, therefore doubling the away-win tally for the team with the joint-worst record on the road in the top-flight this term.

The Bluebirds have been markedly better at home and the stalemate with Paul Lambert’s Villans means they’ve lost just two of their last six at the Cardiff City Stadium, whereas the wins at St James’ Park and the Reebok Stadium were their only positive away results during the same period.

Visitors Wigan have to be respected as holders and due to the fact that, under new coach Uwe Rosler, they’ve jumped from 14th to ninth in the Championship and are pushing for a swift return to the Premier League through the play-offs.

However, after going unbeaten in their first eight domestic games following Owen Coyle’s departure, the Latics have lost two of their last six matches – both away from home – and have only managed one victory over 90 minutes in their last five on the road.

Rosler’s men finally got the better of League One MK Dons after extra time in their third-round replay and then rode their luck when beating Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium, but this looks a game too far for a Wigan side with smaller fish to fry in the Championship promotion race.

All of Cardiff’s three wins under Solskjaer have been by a one-goal margin, which makes the 29/10 about the same thing happening here a neat way to boost your Bluebirds win wager, but the 11/1 on the hosts to come from behind and win for the third time in 2014 looks by far the pick of the bets.

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Alex Fortune