Market: Cardiff City win
Odds: 13/10 @ 888sport
Looking to mark their return with three points on home soil, Cardiff will welcome Nottingham Forest to South Wales on Friday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Cardiff might mark their return from March’s international break sat just outside the play-off positions, The Blues have really found their feet under veteran boss Mick McCarthy. With a top-six finish firmly at the top of their agenda, there is no doubt that they will also be boosted by their derby day victory earlier in the month. Last seen managing to pick up a 1-0 victory against bitter rivals Swansea, the former Ireland boss will be confident of picking up back-to-back wins this week. Bouncing back from that defeat against title contenders Watford on March 13th, Cardiff have lost just a single matchup in any of their previous 14 straight contests. Gaining a reputation for their newfound stability at the back and with the chance to move within touching distance of the play-off spots, McCarthy’s side appear at attractive odds on Friday afternoon.
As for the visitors, although Nottingham Forest might have enjoyed an eye-catching run of form last month, The Reds find themselves in the midst of another worrying spell. Still slumping it out in the bottom-half of the Championship table and now firmly out of Chris Hughton’s honeymoon period at The City Ground, the former Brighton boss saw his squad head into the international break enduring a six-match winless run. Despite being last seen playing out a 1-1 draw against Brentford, Friday’s guests have managed to muster just a pair of points throughout March. Opening the month with a 1-0 defeat against Luton and with just a single away win to their name over the past two months, it appears that Forest face another stern test when they return to action this week.
Bet: Cardiff City 13/10 to beat Nottingham Forest in Friday’s Championship battle @ 888sport