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Bouncing back at the first attempt isn’t easy to achieve. Both Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town were relegated from the English Premier League last season. Neither are looking promotion candidates at present. Least of all Huddersfield Town, who have already sacked their manager.

Latest Odds

The season is only a few weeks old but Huddersfield Town are already looking for a new manager. The past two seasons in the Premier League weren’t exactly enjoyable. There was the continual struggle to score goals and relegation last season was almost inevitable.

Huddersfield didn’t go out and spend a great deal of money in the summer transfer window. Their fans were crying out for them to sign a striker. That’s what happens when you’ve been starved of goal celebrations for a couple of seasons.

Fans probably weren’t expecting Huddersfield to dominate the Championship and make an immediate return. They opened their season with a home game against Derby County and did take the lead. Their joy didn’t last too long though as County responded with two goals to win the match 2-1.

At least they got off the mark in their second game drawing 1-1 at QPR. Last Friday saw them host Fulham (also relegated from the Premier League last season) and again lost 2-1 at home. The second straight defeat was enough for the Huddersfield board to take action and sack Jan Siewart. No full-time replacement has been made but there are odds of 11/10 (2.1) at SkyBet on Mark Hudson taking over as permanent manager.

Away form isn’t anything to brag about at all. They have just the one win in their last 22 away league games. The odds on them winning at Cardiff City on Wednesday are 3/1 (4.0) if your wager is placed with Unibet.

The latest defeat has seen them drop to 22nd in the table and they again find themselves in a relegation zone. Now they face a difficult trip to Cardiff City who have made a mixed start to life back in the Championship.

Cardiff City are 19th in the table, just two points ahead of their opponents in this game. It’s easy to see the main problem that the Welsh side has. Their home form is good but they struggle on the road. That’s just what happened last season and it ended their time in the Premier League after just one season. It’s

This season has seen them play just one home league game. That was a 2-1 win over Luton Town thanks to a 96th minute winner. Both their other games have been played away from home and resulted in two defeats. Cardiff lost 3-2 at Wigan, after taking a 1-0 lead. Their other away game wasn’t so close as they were beaten 3-0 at Reading. They have to sort that away form out or they can forget about winning promotion. In the meantime, their target is three points from this home game. The odds on them beating Huddersfield Town are 11/10 (2.1) with Coral.

Head-to-Head

Cardiff City are unbeaten in their last 11 games against Huddersfield Town. Both games played last season between these two clubs both ended in a goalless draw. It’s 8/1 (9.0) at Betfred that we get another 0-0 draw on Wednesday evening.

Team News

No major injury problems reported.

Prediction

Both of these clubs could do with a win to kick-start their season. It’s often the case that when a manager gets the sack, the players suddenly find form and win their next game or two. That doesn’t look the case with Huddersfield, it didn’t work out that way last season anyway. Cardiff have two defeats so far and who knows, a loss here might see the end of Neil Warnock as boss. They are better at home though and the odds on a Cardiff win with under 2.5 goals scored are 16/5 (4.2) at Ladbrokes.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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