Blackpool-Cardiff City Betting Preview: Back the high-flying Bluebirds to claim victory

Malky Mackay's men were held at home by Ipswich Town last weekend, but Willie Duncan is expecting the league leaders to get back to winning ways by taking all three points here
Cardiff City will look to maintain their push for the Premier League when Malky Mackay’s Championship leaders make the trip to Bloomfield Road to face an out-of-sorts Blackpool side on Saturday.

The Bluebirds were held by Ipswich Town last weekend but can be backed at an hugely appealing 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power to get their title challenge back on track by claiming all three points on Saturday.

Blackpool are still without a manager following the departure of Michael Appleton to Blackburn Rovers and the Seasiders suffered more disappointment when they were dumped out of the FA Cup in extra time by Fulham on Tuesday.

The Seasiders, though, will have taken some heart from their performance against the west Londoners and can be backed at 17/10 (2.70) with Paddy Power to claim their first win of 2013 against Malky Mackay’s side.

The same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in stalemate.

Blackpool may not be in vintage form, having won just two of their last 14 matches, but there is rarely a shortage of goals when the Seasiders are in action and, in fact, the Lancashire club have only failed to hit the net in one of their last 18 outings in all competitions.

The Bluebirds, though, are likely to prove stiff opposition, having lost just one of their last 12 Championship fixtures to catapult themselves into a commanding eight point lead at the top of the league table with 27 games played and, with that in mind, Paddy Power’s 10/11 (1.91) quote on the league leaders in the draw no bet market is outstanding value.

Cardiff’s veteran strike duo of Craig Bellamy and Heidar Helguson have contributed eleven league goals between them so far this term but there is a potent goal threat throughout the side and the 5/4 (2.25) for the Bluebirds to score two or more goals against a Blackpool side that has kept just three clean sheets at Bloomfield Road this term is sure to attract plenty of support.

With goals likely at both ends, it is the correct score market that offers best value to those seeking a bigger price and the juicy 13/1 (14.0) quote from Paddy Power for Malky Mackay’s men to run out as 2-1 winners at Bloomfield Road is certainly worth backing here.

Cardiff City to win at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
Cardiff City to win 2-1 at 13/1 (14.0) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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