Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town Picks, Predictions, & Tips 8/17/12

Money Behind Huddersfield Worth Backing Against Cardiff City Football: The 2012 English Football season gets started on Friday, August 17th, as Cardiff City and Huddersfield will both begin their conquests in the 2012-13 League Championship season. Join us at Total Soccer Source, as we take a look at the Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield match odds and make our predictions and tips for what should be a great match to start the season with.

This probably isn’t the start to the season that Huddersfield Town really hoped to draw. The newcomers from League 1 haven’t been in the second tier of English football since 2000-01, and that year, it was straight back down to Division 2. The same was true in 1995-96, a one-year stop for the Terriers. Meanwhile, Cardiff City has hopes this year of being able to earn promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 1957. Cardiff nearly got into the playoff last year, but thanks to the fact that West Ham United finished 10 points clear of fourth place Birmingham City, there was no need for the playoff.

Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Schedule and Match Information
Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Match Date/Time: Friday, August 17th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
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Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Odds: Cardiff City -0.5 (-122)
Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -110)

It is quite clear that Cardiff is here to make some noise in 2012. The team has switched from its traditional blue and white kits to red, and the club’s motto is now “Fire & Passion.” The previously injured Stephen McPhail figures to be in the midfield for the Bluebirds, and they are going to hope to use a bunch of injury returnees to produce a great result to start off the season. Captain Mark Hudson is ready to go, and that’s perhaps the biggest addition to the team once again. David Marshall is going to be back in the pipes, just as he was for 47 of Cardiff’s 48 matches last year in the Championship. Leading scorer Peter Whittingham is still back to man the midfield as well, and that’s no shock for the only man to play in all 48 fixtures last year for Cardiff. Also note that this is the first League Championship fixture for summer signing Craig Bellamy, which is as big of a signing as the Bluebirds have had in years.

Huddersfield has a heck of a lot of momentum coming from last year’s fourth place finish. It is true that it took a miracle just to be able to force a playoff for the League One promotion to League Championship. It made the most out of it, getting up to the second division of English football. Now, there is some money behind the team, and there could be a heck of a jump to bring this team all the way up to the Premier League level as well. Jordan Rhodes looks to bring the team to the next level after scoring a goal midweek for his native Scotland in international competition, and he is going to be joined by a slew of summer signings, all of which are used to playing at this type of a level. Remember that Huddersfield is only a few years removed from playing in League 2, and getting all the way up here with a chance to challenge for a spot in the Premier League is largely unheard of.

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Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town Match Preview & Analysis: This could be a match that surprises many at the outset of the season. Huddersfield isn’t as raw as most teams that are making the jump from one level to the next right away, and the end result could be a lot of victories that most just don’t see coming. We know that Cardiff is the type of team that really could challenge for a spot in the Premier League next year, but we still think that this match reeks of a draw when push comes to shove.

Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town Punting Tip: Huddersfield Town +0.5 (+112) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Score Prediction: Cardiff City 1 – Huddersfield Town 1

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