2021-22 EFL Championship Betting Preview – Cardiff City

Cardiff City 2021-22 betting odds & predictions

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Cardiff City 2021-22 EFL Championship Preview
Can Big Mick take City up?

Mick McCarthy did a sterling job at Cardiff City after taking over from the sacked Neil Harris back in January. The Bluebirds went from mid-table obscurity to the cusp of the play-offs. They missed out in the end, but Cardiff could be a team to watch out for in this season’s Championship.

They have been shrewd in the transfer market, and the spine of last term’s team remains intact. Several clubs will have the same ambition, but can the Welsh outfit finish in the top six this term? Read on for the latest Cardiff Championship odds and predictions.

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2020-21 Review: Cardiff go close

After reaching the Championship play-offs at the end of the 2019-20 season, Cardiff were tipped for success last summer. However, they kicked off their league campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday – who went on to finish bottom – and never really recovered.

Cardiff started with just two wins from their opening eight league matches. After a 3-0 victory over Barnsley on matchday nine, City picked up just one point from their next three. Cardiff finally found some momentum in November, as the Welsh club won four in a row and five of six.

Our betting prediction:
Cardiff to beat Barnsley
6/5

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(odds taken 1042 GMT, Friday 6 August)

 
Instead of building on that good form, though, the Bluebirds went backwards. A 2-0 loss at Norwich City a week before Christmas was the start of a six-game losing run in all competitions. Harris’ final match in charge was a 1-0 home reverse to Queens Park Rangers on 20th January.

Shortly after Harris’ departure, Cardiff announced the signing of McCarthy. A steady start saw Mick’s Bluebirds draw with Barnsley and Millwall, but Cardiff really kicked on after that. The club from the Welsh capital went on to secure successive league wins over Bristol City, Rotherham United, Coventry City, Luton Town, Preston North End and Bournemouth to fire themselves up the Championship table. After 11 games in charge, McCarthy guided the club to seven wins and four draws.

A disappointing run of just one win in eight cost them a place in the play-offs but McCarthy made a superb impression in Wales. Cardiff went unbeaten in their last six (two wins, four draws) to finish in eighth place on 68 points.

Our betting prediction:
Cardiff to finish in the top six
15/8

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(odds taken 1049 GMT, Friday 6 August)

 

 

2021-22 Fixtures: Bluebirds host Tykes on opening weekend

Cardiff start their Championship season with a home game against Barnsley on 7th August. Last term, the Bluebirds took four points from the Tykes, winning 3-0 at home and coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Oakwell. Before travelling to Blackpool on matchday two, City welcome Sutton United to the Welsh capital in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The first South Wales derby of the 2021-22 Championship season will see Cardiff travel to Swansea City in mid-October. The reverse matchup at the Cardiff City Stadium is scheduled for early April. No side in the history of this derby has ever done the league double.

Cardiff’s home season ends with a fixture with Birmingham City on 30th April. A week later, the Welsh club travel to Pride Park to play Derby County, who survived by the skin of their teeth last term.

Cardiff City Key Facts

  • Cardiff won the FA Cup back in 1927
  • The Bluebirds have been in the Premier League twice
  • Cardiff have finished fifth and eighth in the last two seasons
  • McCarthy’s Bluebirds have been beaten just three times

 

Cardiff City Transfer News: Who has moved to the Welsh capital?

Cardiff have made some shrewd signings this summer. Versatile Ryan Giles has arrived on loan from Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Mark McGuiness and Ryan Wintle have moved on free transfers from Arsenal and Crewe Alexandra, respectively.

Their best bit of business could well be the capture of James Collins, who joined on a free from Luton Town. Collins started last season with a League Cup hat-trick against eventual Championship winners Norwich City before scoring the only goal in Luton’s 1-0 win over Barnsley on the opening weekend of the league campaign. Can he hit the ground running in Wales?

Who Are Cardiff’s Biggest Challengers: Will City be in the mix?

Before a ball is kicked in the Championship each summer, the three relegated sides are usually the top three tips for promotion. This season is no different, as Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United are the three favourites to go straight back up.

However, the Championship is glittered with good teams this season, and a whole host of clubs will fancy their chances of securing promotion to the Premier League come May. Who will be Cardiff’s biggest challengers this term?

Fulham Preview: Instant return for Cottagers?

Marco Silva’s Fulham are the bookies’ favourites to win this season’s Championship. The race for the title will no doubt be as captivating as ever, and the Cottagers will surely be there or thereabouts.

Silva has made some shrewd signings, and the Fulham team looks as strong as anyone’s in the Championship. After suffering relegation from the Premier League last term, can Fulham bounce back at the first time of asking?

West Bromwich Albion Preview: Will Baggies recover from poor PL campaign?

Valerien Ismael is the new man at the helm at The Hawthorns after West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League. Ismael did a remarkable job at Barnsley last season, fully warranting his big move to the West Midlands. The Frenchman will be hoping to hit the ground running at The Hawthorns.

Several players have left the club in the summer months, including Kieran Gibbs, Hal Robson-Kanu and Branislav Ivanovic. Can Ismael build a team capable of challenging for the Championship title this season?

Bournemouth Preview: Parker to be a big hit at the Vitality?

Scott Parker did a great job during his spell as Fulham boss. He rebuilt the squad after their poor relegation and got the Cottagers back in the Premier League at the first time of asking. However, despite a brave effort, Parker took the London club down last term.

Shortly after the season ended, Parker moved to Bournemouth. The Cherries finished in the play-offs in their first season back in the Championship last term, but it was certainly a turbulent campaign. Eddie Howe left before a ball was kicked, and assistant Jason Tindall lasted until February. Jonathan Woodgate then took over and guided the Cherries to sixth place and a play-off spot. They will be hoping to avoid the play-offs altogether this term and go up automatically under Parker.

Sheffield United Preview: Can the Blades bounce back?

Sheffield United had a dreadful campaign in the Premier League last season. Chris Wilder worked wonders at Bramall Lane during his time there, guiding his beloved Blades to the promised land against all odds, but Wilder left after a horrid run of results.

Slavisa Jokanovic is the new man in charge in the red half of the Steel City. Jokanovic took Fulham up via the play-offs in 2018 as well as winning promotion with Watford back in 2015. Can he take Sheffield United back to the Premier League after one year away?

Bluebirds players to watch out for in the 2021-22 season: Can Moore’s goals fire Cardiff to promotion?

After a stunning first season in the Welsh capital, Wales international Kieffer Moore was linked with a move away this summer. However, the striker has stayed at the Cardiff City Stadium and will be hungry for even more success.

Moore scored an impressive 24 goals for club and country last season, with 20 of those coming in the Championship. The 28-year-old also netted Wales’ opening goal at UEFA Euro 2020. Cardiff’s No. 10 will be their player to watch out for this year.

Our Cardiff City Predictions: Top six for McCarthy’s men

Over the past decade or so, Cardiff have been one of the best Championship teams. They won promotion under Malky Mackay in 2013, while Neil Warnock’s side finished runners-up five years later. Can they make it a hat-trick of Championship promotions?

With so many strong teams in this season’s Championship, the top two could be a step too far. However, we fancy Big Mick’s men to secure a spot in the play-offs. The bookies are offering 15/8 for Cardiff to finish in the top six.

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