A cagey affair looks on the cards at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night.
Cardiff v Sheffield Wednesday - Wednesday 19:45
Neil Warnock’s first game in charge of Cardiff might have produced three goals but the first notable goalscoring opportunity from open play didn’t arrive until stoppage time, so there’s no need to desert the pattern of low-scoring outcomes that usually follow his appointment. Take the 2/1 or better about under 1.5 goals and back it up with no goalscorer no goalscorer at 8/1.
Warnock’s first act as Bluebirds boss was to recruit four household names on free transfers, the most significant being Sol Bamba. His second act was to set them up in his usual introductory 4-5-1, and with that formation they were always in control against Bristol City once Peter Whittingham had dispatched an early penalty.
Now the Welsh club benefit from an extra 40 hours to prepare for the visit of Wednesday, an advantage that might only persuade Carlos Carvalhal to be extra cautious on the back of a morale-boosting televised 1-0 win at Huddersfield. In six away trips, they’ve only faced 24 shots on target - and eight of those came in an isolated horror show at Burton.
If you take the first three matches of Warnock’s last four tenures, you get nine matches (out of 12) that finished under 1.5 goals, five of which were goalless. Under Carvalhal, the Owls have played out five 0-0s on the road in 29 matches and a further seven have been settled by a solitary strike - eight if you count the play-off final defeat to Hull five months ago.