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Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

12:13 BST 06/04/2018
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The top two in the Championship meet in a grudge match as Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds welcome Nuno Santo’s Wolves to the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday

The Championship’s top two go head-to-head on Friday night as Cardiff City face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves can rubber-stamp promotion to the Premier League this month with three wins from their five April matches, and are also just 1/10 (1.10) favourites with bet365 for the title.

Cardiff are 6/1 (7.0) outsiders for top spot but still expected to secure automatic promotion with odds of 2/7 (1.29), and a win here would move them eight points clear of third.

Latest odds

Wolves are 11/8 (2.38) for a 27th league win of the campaign and this will likely be the last time this season they are available at an odds-against quote.

Cardiff have the best home record in the second-tier, though, and are 21/10 (3.10) to record a 16th league win in the Welsh capital.

A draw – which occurred in the last game each of these sides played – is also 21/10 (3.10).

Team News

Championship Player of the Season candidate Ruben Neves is back after suspension, along with Matt Doherty who missed Wolves' 2-2 draw against Hull City for the same reason.

Cardiff’s Joe Ralls is back after injury while Craig Bryson Lee Peltier returned to the matchday squad in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.

Aron Gunnarsson is in contention after completing 90 minutes for the first time since September at Bramall Lane.

Siding with Wolves

Anthony Pilkington’s late equalizer for Cardiff at Sheffield United should not detract from the team’s below-par display, which would have resulted in defeat had their opponents been more clinical.

Wolves typically look a threat whenever they enter the final third and the price of 3/1 (4.0) for them to win to nil appeals, although the Bluebirds have only lost twice at home this term.

Tips and predictions

Wide forward Helder Costa has scored the first goal in both of Wolves' last two victories and a repeat of that outcome is an eye-catching 12/1 (13.0).

While Cardiff fully deserve to be in prime position for the second automatic promotion spot, Wolves have won three of their last four and will want to wrap up the league title as soon as possible.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Helder Costa to score first and Wolves to win at 12/1 (13.0) with bet365 for a 1.5pt stake