Mansfield Town vs Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Mansfield and Cardiff played out a stalemate 10 days ago and that was a result that better suited Mansfield. The League Two side are unbeaten at home whilst Cardiff are wobbling.
Game: Mansfield Town vs Cardiff City
Venue: One Call Stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday, 16th January, 7.45pm
Mansfield Town reached this stage of the competition by beating Shaw Lane and Guiseley quite comfortably and did well to avoid a shock. They’ll have a second opportunity to cause one of their own here as they welcome Cardiff. The first leg was a pretty even affair and the visitors could struggle here.
Whilst Mansfield are unbeaten in eight at home and 14 of the last 16, Neil Warnock’s Championship side benefited from a red card to put Sunderland to the sword at the weekend. City were clinical, but it was their first win in all competitions in six games and they’ve been held in seven of their last 11 away games.
Mansfield Town are underdogs despite being the hosts and you can back them at 11/4 with Paddy Power. The draw is available at 23/10 with Betfair whilst the visitors Cardiff are best odds 11/10 through Ladbrokes.
16 of the 32 ties played in the third round of the FA Cup saw a side win or draw against a side at least one league above them. Although there is a two-division gap between the pair here, league two sides have already eliminated five higher sides including three from the Championship. This could be an uncomfortable evening for Cardiff.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Mansfield +0.5AH at 4/5 with Bet365
It’s only recently Cardiff have begun to leak more goals on their travels and Mansfield’s first priority will probably be keeping the ball out of their own net. City may struggle to get the ball down as much as they’d like and this game could have a cagey element to it in bits. Goals may be at a premium
Back our Score Prediction: 1-1 draw at 11/2 with Betfred
Cardiff may rotate for their fourth game in just two weeks and ailing Championship form to worry about. Mansfield have started their leading goal scorer Danny Rose just one this month so another run out alongside Lee Angol is likely here as Kane Hemmings may not be fit to return.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Danny Rose at 40/17 with Bet365