Cardiff City-Barnsley Betting Preview: Bluebirds to strike early to extend lead at the top

Two sides with contrasting fortunes meet in the Welsh capital, as Malky Mackay’s men look to make the most of their game in hand, with our tipster picking out a 11/2 value bet
After holding promotion rivals Watford to a 0-0 draw at the weekend, Cardiff City return home to face a Barnsley side deep in trouble, sitting just a point outside the relegation places.

The Bluebirds have a five-point lead in the Championship, with only six games remaining. Malky Mackay’s men will be confident of victory this evening, winning 15 home games this term, and unsurprisingly are favourites at 8/13 (1.62) with Coral to make that 16.

Despite Barnsley’s fantastic start to 2013, which saw the appointment of David Flitcroft and a run of eight wins out of nine, the Tykes have only won three of their last nine and have dropped back down to the clutches of the relegation zone.

Flitcroft’s men held Crystal Palace to a 0-0 draw at the weekend, but tonight should prove more of a test, with Coral pricing them at 9/2 (5.50) to come away from Cardiff with three points. The same firm prices the draw at 11/4 (3.75).

With value tough to find in the outright result, it’s worth looking at the half-time market to scout out some real value. As well as sitting top of the league, Cardiff have also been strong in the first half of matches, topping the table in half-time results.

Coral price them at 11/10 (2.10) to be leading at half-time, and with Barnsley bottom of the points gained at half-time, this is a fantastic price.

For those looking for extra value, the anytime goal scoring market has some unbelievable prices.

Icelandic Aron Gunnarsson has found the back of the net eight times this season from midfield, including scoring first against Peterborough at the end of March. The 23-year-old is 11/2 (6.50) to score anytime in tonight's match, a price which is certainly worth an investment.

Cardiff to be winning at half time at 11/10 (2.10) with Coral Aron Gunnarsson to score anytime at 11/2 (6.50) with Coral

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