Norwich City vs. Cardiff City Prediction: Can the Canaries Take a Step Towards the Playoffs?
- Feb 25, 2023, 8:23:09 AM
Norwich City vs. Cardiff City - prediction, team news, lineups
Norwich City will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Canaries have struggled for consistency this season but have shown signs of improvement since the appointment of David Wagner. The German has delivered 13 points from seven matches, a much-improved return on what the team was producing under his predecessor Dean Smith. Meanwhile, Cardiff have won their last two games after a winless streak of 12 matches.
Norwich are currently in ninth place, three points behind the playoff spots, and they will be hoping to close the gap with a win. The team has won two and drawn one of their last three matches, which is their best run since before the World Cup. Teemu Pukki may return to the squad, but Josh Sargent remains out with an ankle injury. Manager David Wagner is expected to name an unchanged starting lineup.
Possible starting lineup: Gunn; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; Sara, McLean; Dowell, Nunez, Hernandez; Idah
Cardiff City have shown signs of life in their last two matches, beating Birmingham and Reading, but they remain in 21st place, four points clear of the relegation zone. Sabri Lamouchi has a tough decision to make in terms of the team's formation, whether to use a back three or four. Callum Robinson may start in attack, replacing either Kion Etete or Sory Kaba.
Possible starting lineup: Allsop; Romeo, Ng, McGuinness, Kipre, O'Dowda; Rinomhota, Sawyers, Wintle; Etete, Kaba
Norwich are the favourites to win this match, with odds of 1.67 on KingPin.pro. Cardiff's odds of winning are 5.4, while the draw is 3.9. The over/under for total goals in the game is set at 2.5, with the over at 1.95 and the under at 1.89.
Public Betting Data
According to KingPin.pro's public betting data, 75% of bets have been placed on Norwich to win, while 13% of bets are on Cardiff, and 12% are on the draw.
This should be a closely fought contest between two teams who have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Norwich will be hoping to take advantage of their home advantage to move closer to the playoff spots, while Cardiff will be looking to continue their recent form. We predict Norwich City to win 2-1.
Pick: Norwich City to win with a -1.0 spread.
For more in-depth data analysis, including the most likely scorelines and other recommended bets, check out KingPin.pro's analysis of this match.