Cardiff City vs Leeds United
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium.
The teams are locked at 20 points at the top of Championship table when they took the field at the Cardiff City Stadium. Leeds are temporary league leaders due to a positive goal-difference, but Cardiff will be out there to make the home advantage count and make the number one theirs.
Last week saw Cardiff City picking an away win at Sunderland to book their first win in four matches. The previous three saw 2 draws and a loss. Coming back to the City Stadium, the Bluebirds are unbeaten in the four matches this season with 3 wins and a draw in the most recent duel against Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite consistently picking up points through out the campaign, Cardiff’s defense has not been that solid. There is only 1 clean sheet in their last five games, which is a low point considering that this team started the season on three consecutive clean sheets.
On the other hand, Leeds are coming on the back of a thrilling 3-2 win against a dangerous Ipswich team. United were beaten by the newly promoted side Millwall a week ago, now the result could boost the morale going into the tricky fixture away at Cardiff.
Besides the narrow 1-0 loss at Millwall, Leeds picked up 5 wins from their last six matches. The team can also boast of a secure defensive line, that kept clean sheets in six out of their nine games so far this season.
The Whites are equally capable of picking up results on the road, which makes this an incredible tense contest. Three of their four away games this season are wins, also 2 clean sheets came along the way.
Cardiff vs Leeds: Head-to-head
The away team won in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the sides.
The two Championship fixtures went in the way for team playing away, both by the same 2-0 margin.
Also, their last three duels saw the full-time scoreline 2-0 in favour of away team.
Both teams haven’t scored in the last four meetings between the sides and all matches saw under 2.5 goals.
Leeds scored in their last six away matches at Cardiff since 2011. They won the last two here, but win-less in the previous 8 in all competitions with 3 draws and 5 losses.
Cardiff vs Leeds: Prediction
In my opinion, Leeds have a slight advantage in this game mainly because of the security offered by their defense. Also, the trend of away wins in the corresponding fixtures make a strong case for the visitors to feel fully confident. The key take away from the h2h stat is that Leeds had scored consistently in away visits to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Yet, one wouldn’t be surprised if the match ends in a 1-1 draw or 0-1 away win. So, we will select the picks to be on the safe side.
Cardiff vs Leeds: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.80 odds
Double Chance – Draw or Leeds at 1.75 odds.