West Brom vs Cardiff Prediction and Match Preview

West Brom vs Cardiff 
England – Championship 
Date: Sunday, 2 January 2021 
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET 
Venue: The Hawthorns. 

West Brom are one of the contenders to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season. Or, taking into account the form of the top two teams, they could even gun for direct promotion. 

Anyhow, they are on a good streak of performances at the moment, and are scoring goals in plenty. Particularly at home, they have been a formidable squad all through the campaign. 

Meanwhile, Cardiff are one of the weakest in the league, and they are struggling to stay above the relegation cut-off. They have seldom recorded wins in the 2021-22 edition of the Championship, and they have been conceding goals in plenty since the start of the season. 

Going on, they also have an inferior h2h record against this rival over the years – particularly so at this ground. 

By the looks of things, expect a win for West Brom this weekend. 

West Brom vs Cardiff Head-to-head (h2h) 

  • The latest encounter had ended in a 0-4 win for West Brom. 
  • They had scored three or more goals in four of the past six meetings. 
  • The last the hosts lost at this venue was back in 2009. 
  • Since 2007, the hosts have scored two or more goals in all but one match-up at this ground. 

West Brom vs Cardiff Prediction & Analysis 

West Brom did lose 1-0 on the road the last match-day, against Derby. But they were on a five-fixture unbeaten streak before that, and their only defeat at home this season in all competitions had come against Arsenal in the EFL Cup. 

On the other hand, Cardiff were held to a 2-2 draw the last game week by Birmingham. They were also winless in 13 of their past 16 games, and in the process they had gone on an eight-fixture losing streak. 

Do also note that they have kept a single clean sheet on the road this season, and it had come back in August. 

Taking into account these observations, and past h2h stats at this stadium, expect a win for West Brom this weekend. 

Key Stats for Betting 

  • West Brom are placed fourth in the table, and they need a surplus of just five points to climb to the top of the standings. 
  • They have conceded the least number of goals of all the teams in the Championship. 
  • Cardiff have a surplus of just two points over the relegation cut-off. 
  • Only the 22nd placed Peterborough have conceded more goals than them. 

Tips for West Brom vs Cardiff 

  • West Brom to Win & Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.60 (8/5) 
  • Over 1.5 Second Half Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).