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Cardiff vs Watford Prediction & Betting tips
On Friday night there are no less than two Premier League matches on the program. One of those matches is not played in England but in Wales. That is where relegation candidate Cardiff City plays the home match against Watford.
The last matches are getting better with Cardiff City. Of course The Bluebirds are still with their thoughts at the death of Emiliano Sala and the last word is not yet written about it. Nevertheless, Cardiff City will also have to focus on football and that worked out very well in the last two matches. In those games Cardiff City took the full booty and therefore Neil Warnock’s team is no longer under the line. Still, the road is long before Cardiff City and Warnock, because The Bluebirds still have only one point ahead of Southampton. Together with Newcastle United and Southampton, Cardiff City is now the biggest candidate to return to the Championship with Fulham and Huddersfield Town. However, the last matches offer hope for the club from Wales and The Bluebirds will have to ensure that they keep Southampton or Newcastle United in the coming months. Only then can the objective be met.
The fact that Cardiff City is above Southampton has everything to do with the most recent duel of both The Bluebirds and The Saints. In the last league game, both teams met and Cardiff City went with the full booty at St. Mary’s Stadium: 1-2. A week earlier Warnock’s team also won 2-0 against AFC Bournemouth and by the two victories they at least have some confidence at Cardiff City. Initially it was the intention that Cardiff City would prepare in Tenerife for the coming weeks in the Premier League last week, but due to the death of Sala, Warnock chose to give his players a few days off so they could spend time with their families. An excellent decision of course from Warnock, who himself is still excited. The last two games of Cardiff City at least do the pain of softening with the seventy-year coach.
At Watford they are still fighting on two fronts this season: The Hornets are in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and in the Premier League they are fighting for seventh place. Given the number of top teams in the quarter finals of the FA Cup – only the two top clubs from Manchester are still on the scene – it is certainly not inconceivable that Watford will continue to win big points in the English Cup Tournament. However, The Hornets will also want to perform in the Premier League because if Javi Gracia finishes in seventh place with this Watford, the Spaniard has performed very well. For the time being, Watford has to do it with an eighth place in the ranking, as Wolverhampton occupies seventh place and has two points more than The Hornets.
The form of Watford has been impressive in recent months. In no less than nine of the last ten games, the team of Gracia remained unbeaten and the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur came into effect in the final minutes. The last two games Watford played were won by The Hornets. Two weeks ago, Watford was 1-0 too strong in the subtop hit with Everton and last Friday, Watford qualified for the quarter-final of the FA Cup by winning 0-1 against Queens Park Rangers. It was also important for Watford to win some duels, because the next two months there are a lot of difficult matches on the program for The Hornets. For example, Watford will play Liverpool on Wednesday-evening and in March there will be duels with Manchester City and Manchester United.
Cardiff vs Watford head to head matches
15.12.18 PL Watford Cardiff 3 : 2
28.07.15 CF Cardiff Watford 2 : 1
28.12.14 CHA Cardiff Watford 2 : 4
29.11.14 CHA Watford Cardiff 0 : 1
06.04.13 CHA Watford Cardiff 0 : 0