Cardiff City vs Barnsley
England League Championship
Date: Saturday, 17th December, 2016.
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium.
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It was an inspired second half performance from Cardiff at the City Stadium on the mid-week to turnaround a goal deficit to defeat Wolves 2-1 to get out of the relegation zone. They moved up to 19th in the EFL Championship table, but once 2 points separate them from the drop zone.
The Bluebirds are an improved side under the new management of Neil Warnock, but the bigger damage is already done during the tenure of outgone Paul Trollope. The major change can be seen in their home performances. Cardiff lost 4 of their 5 home under Trollope, but they were beaten only once at home since Warnock took over, picking 3 wins and 2 draws in 6 matches during the period.
Barnsley on the other hand lost 2-0 away to a strong Sheffield Wednesday. They were having a decent run as they picked 3 wins and 3 draws in the previous 7, losing just once. The defeat at Sheffield is their first away loss after a 3 match unbeaten run which included 2 wins and a draw. Paul Heckingbottom’s team are currently 12th in the standings with 28 points and a win here could take them up to top half of the table.
Cardiff City vs Barnsley: Head-to-head Stats
Cardiff City are coming on the back of a six match unbeaten run against Barnsley, which includes 4 wins and 2 draws. Their last meeting was during the 2012/13 season with the last match ending in a 1-1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.
At home, Cardiff have an excellent record against Barnsley in recent time as they picked 4 wins and 3 draws from 8 matches, losing just once.
Cardiff City vs Barnsley: Prediction
Cardiff had dominated Barnsley in the past three seasons and are looking good with their current home form. Barnsley had won only once in their last 8 visits to Cardiff City Stadium. If Cardiff can repeat the same second half performance as in the 2-1 win against Wolves, this will be an easy picking for them.
However, Cardiff still struggle to keep things tight at the back. Barnsley have scored in 7 of their 10 away matches this season. So there is a good chance that both teams will score here and as a result we will see over 2.5 goals at the end of 90 minutes.
Cardiff City vs Barnsley: Bet Tips
Cardiff to win at 11/10 (2.10)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1)
Both Teams to Score at 5/6 (1.83).