Cardiff City - Chelsea Betting Preview: Why backing late drama could prove profitable for punters

Both sides will be keen to end the season on a high note but our tipster expects all of the drama to come in the second half when the Bluebirds take on Jose Mourinho's side
Cardiff City’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed by their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James's Park but the Bluebirds will look to finish the season with a flourish when they play host to Chelsea on Sunday.

It has been a turbulent season for Cardiff – both on and off the pitch – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be desperate to end the campaign on a high note when they welcome the Blues to Wales.

Cardiff have won just two of their last 11 matches on home soil and, with that in mind, it is little surprise that the Bluebirds can be backed at a chunky 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill to take maximum points against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Chelsea are set to end the season empty-handed after their title aspirations were all but ended by a goalless draw against Norwich City last Sunday but the visitors remain red-hot favourites to win their final league fixture, with William Hill offering just 4/11 (1.36) for an away win in Cardiff while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that this match ends in stalemate.

Mourinho has often voiced his dissatisfaction with his striking options this term and, with Chelsea having notched more than twice in just one of their last 13 matches on the road in all competitions, there may be value in backing the juicy 6/4 (2.50) quote from William Hill for less than three goals to be scored on Sunday.

It is worth noting, too, that just nine of Chelsea’s 26 away goals in the Premier League thus far this term have come during the first half while 14 of Cardiff’s 19 league goals on home turf have come in the second period.

With the fate of both sides already decided before kick-off, there may be a sluggish start to Sunday’s encounter and, therefore, it is the generous 21/20 (2.05) quote from William Hill for the second half to produce most goals that is the recommended play for punters in this one.

Second half to be highest scoring half at 21/20 (2.05) 2pts stake with William Hill

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