Cardiff City hosts Stoke City in round 38 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 16th at Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff)
Cardiff City is owned by the eccentric and ambitious Vincent Tan. So far, he has little to brag about. Yes, there were several promotions to the Premier League, but the team didn’t manage to gain a foothold there. And now it has turned into a middle peasant in the Championship, where almost the main real intrigue was the competition with a neighbor and another representative of Wales, Swansea. At the moment, the Bluebirds are in a lower part of the standings, even though March began with victories over Derby County (1-0) and QPR (1-2). But the last game against Preston brought only a goalless draw.
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Last season, Stoke City took only 14th place in the standings. There were hopes that Michael O’Neill, an experienced manager from Northern Ireland who has been working with the project since 2019, will finally achieve the expected breakthrough. Either the cup took a lot of energy (the Potters left it only on March 1, losing to Crystal Palace), or there was not enough stability again, but Stoke City significantly slowed down in winter. The team even lost three times in a row to Luton, Bournemouth, and Blackpool, and only a week ago it managed to pull out a draw against Barnsley thanks to a goal by Baker in the 5th added minute. In the last round, the Potters couldn’t beat Peterborough, conceding an equalizer in the 91st minute from the penalty spot.
Six of the last nine head-to-head matches ended in draws, including both games in the last calendar year: 0-0 in March in Wales and 3-3 in October on the Potters’ pitch. Moreover, the Bluebirds were losing 0-3 in the last game and then scored three times in just five minutes. Judging by the coefficients, now the chances of the teams are almost equal. But Stoke City has been too unstable lately, so we will try to bet on Cardiff to win with a zero handicap.