Cardiff are Evens (2.0) to do so with a 15th triumph of their league campaign whilst avenging their 3-0 loss at Deepdale back in September.
No side in the entire EFL have drawn more games than Alex Neil’s troops, who are 12/5 (3.4) for an 11th tie of the campaign.
The case for unders
There is reason therefore to expect a tight encounter and Under 2.5 goals, which has occurred in 56% of games involving either side, is 8/11 (1.73).
To boot, neither side have scored before the 57th minute in any of their combined nine December games: the Under 0.5 first half goals thus appeals at 13/8 (2.63).
It is testament to Neil Warnock’s organizational qualities that Cardiff have conceded three or more goals in just six of his 62 games in charge; a clean sheet immediately followed on three of the previous five occasions and an 11th shut-out of the campaign is 13/8 (2.63) after a 4-2 defeat to Fulham.
Players to watch
Kenneth Zahore scored a stunner in that match, his first start since October and is 13/10 (2.3) to continue his recovery from injury with two in two.
Another impressive forward is Jordan Hugill: three of Preston’s nine wins this term have been 1-0 with the 25-year-old scoring the winner and a repeat is a tempting outside shot at 30/1 (31.0).
Tips and predictions
Our best bet is the 5/6 (1.83) on there being no goals before the 31st minute: the odds imply a 54.5% chance yet that eventuality has occurred in 62.5% of games involving either side this term. Considering the game is likely to be a cagey affair and the bookmakers reflect that in their under 2.5 quote, this could be a more enticing option with neither side wanting to give away anything in the early stages.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.