The first round in English League Two will starts on Saturday with one local derby…
Fulham vs. Cardiff | Championship – Oct. 20, 2021
Today is the second day of Championship fixtures of this round. Seven games will be played today. One of the most interesting is the one that will take place at Craven Cottage in London, and that is our free betting prediction of the day!
Marco Silva’s men are 3rd in the table with 23 points after 12 games. Fulham has one of the best teams in the Championship. They always get easily relegated from Premier League, but also they very easily get back. Simply, most of the players who are in the Fulham team are too good for the Championship but not good enough for the Premier League. It’s simple as that.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic in the attack, Fulham has the best attack in the league with 27 goals, and 12 of that number are Mitro’s goals. Fulham is very good at home with four wins from 6 games and 14 goals scored. They average more than two goals per game.
With Jean-Michael Seri, Harry Wilson, Ivan Cavaleiro, Harrison Reed, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Bobby Reid, and recovered Tom Cairney, they are the main favorite for the first place, with a reason.
Marco Silva has a problem with recent form because his team won only two games in the last 5, and because of that, they lost first place on the table to Bournemouth.
The defense isn’t a big problem with 14 goals conceded, but the fact that Fulham has only two clean sheets is slightly worrying. They are without a clean sheet in the last seven games.
Mick McCarthy is under tremendous pressure. If Cardiff loses this game, he will probably be sacked. Mick McCarthy took over as manager of the club in January when they were 14th on the table, and by the end of May, he took Cardiff to the 7th place finish, only to miss playoffs by a couple of points.
Before the season started, Cardiff was a team with expectations to be fighting for the playoff this season. The start of the season suggests that this might happen. They have three wins and two draws from the first six games, but after that – they collapsed.
Cardiff is currently in the run of six straight defeats. They scored only one goal in that series of results and conceded 15 goals. On Saturday, they lost to fierce rival Swansea City 3-0, and fans call board to sack McCarthy. So, the game at Craven Cottage might be his last at Cardiff bench if they lose.
Probably, he could not wish for a tougher rival to save his job.
Fulham and Cardiff recently played a lot of games. In the last three years, they have met together on six occasions. Fulham has three wins, Cardiff two, and one game finished with a draw.
Marco Silva will be without Ivan Cavaleiro, Joe Bryan, and Fabio Carvalho who has Covid. Leandro Bacuna is in doubt for Cardiff.
What to bet on?
We suggest Fulham to score over 1.5 goals. Fulham is a big favorite. Cardiff is in a terrible run of defeats. Fans are against Mick McCarthy; they want him to be sacked, so they probably will not mind if they lost today if that means that Mick is going to be sacked.
Cardiff played terribly against Swansea, so there will be a lot of changes in starting XI. On the other hand, Marco Silva will change maybe one or two players. Bryan and Cavaleiro, for sure, because of their injuries.
We think that Fulham is in a very good position to win this match, so that’s another option for the bet.
Fulham – Cardiff City HOME TEAM TO SCORE OVER 1.5 GOALS
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