Friday 22 February, kick-off 7.45pm
Cardiff City Stadium – Premier League
Hosts Cardiff City have the chance to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone as they play Watford in this Premier League preview. That’s easier said than done though, against a Hornets side who are having an excellent season.
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After Cardiff and Watford shared five goals earlier in the campaign, and six in their meeting before, both teams to score odds look promising at 10/13. We fancy the home team to pick up another huge victory, with Cardiff to win and BTTS priced at 5/1 with Betfred as part of your free football betting tips. A 2-1 home win is 11/1.
Cardiff to win and both teams to score
Bobby Reid scored a brace on his last appearance at the Cardiff City Stadium. The 26-year-old bagged 21 goals for Bristol City last season, and if he can continue to hit the back of the net, Cardiff will have a much better chance of survival. Reid is 7/1 with 888sport to score first in this football prediction, and 14/5 with the same bookmaker in the anytime market. He is 57/1 to score first in a 2-1 Cardiff win.
Bobby Reid to score first
Watford have won their last two games 1-0, and have kept five clean sheets in their last six. That includes shutouts in each of their last three matches. The Hornets are 8/1 with bet365 to edge this game 1-0 as part of your football score predictions. If you add Andre Gray as the scorer, those odds rise to 30/1.
Watford to win 1-0
What’s the story with Cardiff vs Watford?
Is Cardiff vs Watford on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Watford stormed into a 3-0 lead when the teams met at Vicarage Road in December. Cardiff pulled it back to 3-2 with around 10 minutes left, giving the hosts a nervy finish, but the Bluebirds couldn’t complete the comeback.
What are the Cardiff vs Watford odds? Cardiff City are 21/10 in your Premier League predictions, while Watford are the 7/5 favourites and the draw is 9/4. All of those football betting odds are available with Betfair, who are offering new customers up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…before this season’s meeting, the teams hadn’t played each other since a 2014 Championship encounter. Home team Cardiff took the lead but Watford came back to win 4-2.
Team news and form
Last six: LDLLWW
Sean Morrison is the only player Neil Warnock is set to be without for these Cardiff vs Watford predictions. The Bluebirds skipper has missed the last month through injury, but won’t be rushed back. Apart from that, the hosts have a fully-fit squad, which can only help them in their bid for survival. They’ve also had more time to prepare for this game, after they weren’t involved in the weekend’s FA Cup action.
Last six: DWLDWW
Javi Gracia freshened up his team in the cup at the weekend, but could still be missing a few players for this game due to injury. Kiko Femenia and Sebastian Prodl are both doubts but should be back soon, while Isaac Success is definitely out with a hamstring strain. Top scorer Roberto Pereyra is expected to be fit for Friday night’s trip to South Wales.
Cardiff vs Watford prediction, preview and betting tips
Both of these teams are coming into this game looking for their third successive victory. Cardiff got a huge win at relegation rivals Southampton in their last fixture, while Watford are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Queens Park Rangers on Friday. The Hornets are riding high in eighth place coming into these football predictions, but the Bluebirds are hitting some form.
It’s been an emotional time for Cardiff, but their players have been a credit in winning their last two matches. With Southampton facing a tough trip to Arsenal on Sunday, there’s a good chance the Bluebirds will put four points between themselves and the drop zone with a win in this Cardiff v Watford prediction.
Neil Warnock’s side beat Bournemouth 2-0 in their last home game, showing they have solid performances in them. They’ll need another one against Watford, who raced into a 3-0 lead against them earlier this season. The Hornets have only lost one of their last 10 games in all competitions, when Tottenham staged a late comeback to beat them 2-1.
Watford edged out Everton with a 1-0 win on most recent Premier League outing, before beating QPR by the same scoreline last time out. Javi Gracia’s team have a great chance of finishing eighth, while going one better and securing seventh and potentially European football is a real possibility.
However, Watford come up against a battling Cardiff team on Friday night. The Bluebirds have shown they have the stomach for the fight ahead, and we fancy them to take something from this game. With that in mind, a home win or the draw could be worth a look at 3/5 with bet365 in your Cardiff vs Watford betting tips.
Cardiff vs Watford first goalscorer predictions
Andre Gray got the only goal of the game for Watford in their grudge match against Everton. It was only his fifth of an injury-hit season, but the striker has two in his last four appearances. Gray is 6/1 to open the scoring on Friday night. Sol Bamba broke the deadlock for Cardiff in their last match, with his third Premier League goal of the campaign. Only Bobby Reid and Calum Patterson have scored more, with Bamba 22/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game.
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.