All odds accurate at the time of publishing on 22nd October 2020.
Half time result draw @ 20/21
Middlesbrough were victorious last time out as they ended Bristol City’s unbeaten start to the Championship season with a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate. Manager Neil Warnock was delighted, telling reporters: “I thought we deserved it and started the game really well, played some good football and had some chances.” They face Cardiff, who secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth after Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson scored his first goal for the Bluebirds. These sides are very closely matched, and have an identical record at half time. They have both been ahead once and level in half of their games at the break, with both sides scoring twice and conceding three first-half goals. Considering their similar first-half form we expect this clash to remain level at the break. This is priced at 20/21 on 10Bet.
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During the 2019/20 campaign, there were over 2.5 goals in just 41% of Middlesbrough’s fixtures – the third-fewest in the division. Their lack of goals have remained during the early stages of this season, with Boro scoring five and conceding four – meaning they average 1.5 goals per game. On the other hand, Cardiff have scored and conceded five, meaning they average marginally more goals per game at 1.66. The recent clashes between these sides have also lacked goals, with just two of their past six clashes recording three or more goals. We’re backing history to repeat itself and have backed under 2.5 match goals at 4/7 on Coral.
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As we’ve mentioned, these sides boast a distinct lack of goals in their ranks. This emphasises the importance set-plays could play here, which means we like the look of over 10 match corners at 17/20 on RubyBet. Cardiff have been involved in 11 corners per game, having taken 23 and conceded 32 during their opening six clashes. Their opposition have averaged much lower so far this season with 9.16 per game, but it’s worth noting they averaged 10.95 corner kicks per match last season. We expect a host of corners during this clash and have backed 10 or more match corners at 17/20 on RubyBet.