Carlisle vs Cardiff Betting Tip Cardiff – 15 January 2020

Cardiff to get the job done

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EnglandCarlisle United vs Cardiff CityEngland
15th January 1945hrs
Football – England – FA Cup
Pick Cardiff City
Bookmaker Betfred
Odds: 8/11 odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 14 January

Cardiff had to recover from two goals down at home in the original tie but will again be favourites as they travel to face League Two Carlisle for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.


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Carlisle United Preview – Can Carlisle turn in a another big performance to cause an upset and remain in the cup?

This season has been a struggle for Carlisle and they remain very much in a battle for survival in League Two. Chris Beech has been in charge for just three months and he has a big challenge ahead of him as he attempts to steer the club to safety. One win in nine games mean Carlisle are only three points above the bottom two and that will of course be their priority.

However, as shown in the first game against Cardiff, the FA Cup is also very important. And for a number of reasons. Whilst the coaching staff, players and supporters would have been frustrated with not progressing at the first time of asking, the club’s owners will be thankful they have at least one more game in the competition from a financial sense.

Our betting prediction:
Cardiff win/under 2.5 goals

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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 14 January)


Taking a 2-0 lead away to Cardiff was probably beyond their wildest dreams but in the end it was an effort to gain the draw and get them back to Brunton Park for a second chance.

Cardiff City Preview – Will Cardiff take advantage of a second change and go on to face Championship rivals Reading?

Cardiff recovered well from a very poor start 10 days ago but they know they will have to perform better from the outset if they are to avoid another potential banana skin. It’s clear that Neil Harris read the riot act to his players at half-time as they came out looking a completely different proposition after the break. Whilst the Bluebirds are still hopeful of mounting a challenge for the playoffs, their recent form means that is by no means a given or even probable.

An extended run in the FA Cup would therefore carry a lot of appeal and facing Championship opposition in the next round is further incentive of getting beyond Carlisle.

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Harris decided to change his team significantly for the first game so it will be interesting to see how he approaches this one. It’s now just one win in seven games so as well as winning to stay in the FA Cup, just winning a game of football to gain some confidence may also be in his thinking.

Carlisle United vs Cardiff City Betting Advice

There will be a feeling that Carlisle have had their chance in this time. So often the lower league team come undone in these circumstances when they have had a lead in the original game but failing to see the game out. Cardiff will hope that’s the case and if they perform as they did in the second half a week past Saturday, they will more than likely have too much for their hosts.


Key Facts – Carlisle United vs Cardiff City Betting Tip

  • Carlisle came very close to causing an upset but will still be happy to be in the competition
  • It was something of a lucky escape for Cardiff 10 days ago and they will be looking for a better start here
  • The winning team will travel to face Reading later this month

Much will depend on the team that Cardiff field but they are unlikely to make the same mistakes again and although not having won many of late, they have shown enough on their travels under this manger to suggest they can take the spoils here.

The best betting odds for Carlisle United vs Cardiff City

Carlisle United to win: 15/4 at Bet365
Draw: 14/5 at Bet365
Cardiff City to win: 8/11 at Bet365