Cardiff City- Blackpool

Cardiff go in this game after two disaster results. First lost more than unlucky at home against strugglers Plymouth (0-1) than faced even bigger shock on the road vs. another strugglers Peterborough. After excellent first half and high 4-0 lead, Welsh side allowed to concede four times and let two points gone with the wind. Those two games weren’t played badly and it’s more crisis of results than performances, but interesting fact is their bad results always come in series of 4-5 games. Last season finished under the play-off zone instead direct promotion thankfully to three loses and a draw in last four rounds, this season also had two such runs, in September five defeats from six games and in November three consecutive defeats. Bad luck should only boost their morale, but the fact their complaints about the luck came after the games against two probably worst squads in the league calls on caution. Also, conceding four goals from Posh for one half is disgrace. And after that confidence of defense line can’t be to high. No problem with injury players as all that have been in doubt are expected to be fit.


Thankfully to manager Ian Holloway, Seasiders are (beside Forest) the biggest surprise of the season so far. They started recent campaign as one of main contenders for relegation, but they’re currently at 8th place with just three points less (and two games less from most other clubs) of play-off zone. With limited budget, Holloway is pulling the maximum from existing players. They also have gained a large amount of self confidence, actually liking to be underdogs. Already ruined Boro at Riverside (3-0). Few days later, also on the road, were defeated against Ipswich but put another open performance and after that in third consecutive game on the road defeated Derby 2-0. New year started with a defeat in Cup, for them not important competition. I have no doubt they see their chance against confused hosts. However, Holloway will have to cope with missings of his two key defenders, Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards, who are both suspended. Blackpool have scored in all of their last eight matches and have failed to score only three times this season.


I’ve been thinking about this encounter since I saw the schedule. Cardiff, although very strong side look very inconsistent lately. Bad results for them come in the waves, while defense was trashed by the weakest side in the league. Visitors through the season look very dangerous with Charlie Adam in a great shape. Pitch is in perfect condition thankfully to undersoil heating and won’t limit pass play. Both clubs have very strong attacks, but also problems in back lines. I expect another open game and goals on both sides. 1.96 at Pinnacle. Over.


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