Asian Handicap

The second of the Championship play-off semi-finals gets underway on Monday night and it looks like a tight matchup between Fulham and Cardiff.

As far as the betting goes these two cannot be split with both chalked up around the 9/5 mark for the win, typical of the competitive nature of the playoffs. Cardiff finished the season in 5th, Fulham 4th, but there was a sizeable eight-point gap between them come through the end of the campaign.

Cardiff are now managed by former Millwall gaffer Neil Harris, I thought he did an excellent job at The Den and he has stepped into Neil Warnocks shoes impressively too. Not too much has changed with the capital club, they’ve never been the most pleasing on the eye but they’re aware of their strengths from set pieces and having a good, solid shape about them. The Bluebirds are a team that are notoriously hard to beat, since their shock 6-1 loss against QPR on New Years Day, they’ve only lost 4/19 games in all competitions. Resolve.

Fulham have been an odd and pretty inconsistent side this season. I’ve not been blown away by them but they’ve gone a bit Cardiff with their decent defensive displays of late. The addition of Michael Hector in the January window was an inspired piece of business, he has been one of the best players in the league since the turn of the year. The team on the Thames come into this with high spirits after an unbeaten seven game streak which included five wins and four clean sheets.

It’s very hard to split the two but with this being the first leg I do think the away side tend to be happy with a draw in the opener. That does put me off Fulham a bit, as does Cardiff’s superb home form (just three defeats all season).

I’m not expecting an avalanche of goals either and the bookies agree with under 2.5 goals chalked up as short as 4/7. I do think the draw is a major runner here but the prices allow us to get involved with the asian handicap market as both sides are playing off a scratch 0 start.

With that in mind, I’ll take the hosts on that line. It’s basically the same as backing Cardiff draw no bet but a touch bigger price. It’s always worth looking at these markets to get maximum value. It’s 19/20 compared to the 10/11 for the straight draw no bet. Every penny counts!

Cardiff +0 asian handicap - 2pts @ 24/25