Wednesday, March 12, 2008
CHAMPIONSHIP ...... BLUEBIRDS HOST TIGERS
CARDIFF CITY - HULL CITY
The FA Cup has only left the country once, in 1927, when Cardiff City won the trophy and now, with Barnsley the only team standing between them and another final appearance, they have a great chance to repeat.
They are still talking about reaching the play-offs as well, but even with a win tonight, Cardiff will still be 8 points adrift of a top 6 spot, currently held by Hull, with six teams splitting the two, realistically that looks too much. But they will have to go for it and a draw has little value.
The visitors are in the final play-off position, a point clear of the team below, with two games in hand, they will be in a very strong position with a win. Actually, they are ten points away from an automatic promotion place, again with two matches in hand, so, by winning those , could close to within 4 points. From that point of view, we can also argue that they might be only interested in maximum points this evening.
Hull are in great form, have lost just once in 9 starts, that coming at league leaders Bristol City, where they dominated the play, with 58% possession and 14 attempts on goal. They have a decent run in, are likely to secure a post season position and maybe more.
Where does this leave us ? I think that we will see goals, both teams are likely to go for it and have potent attacks. Hull have scored in 16 straight games and the two shared 4 goals and 30 attempts on goal in the reverse fixture, same again please.
5 points "over" 2.25 goals 2.06 asian line.