Millwall v Cardiff: Slade’s dream start to continue in south London

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After a dip in form, the departure of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and the pursuit and capture of Russell Slade, Cardiff City’s season seems to be firmly on the upgrade, but how will they fare in a tasty trip to Millwall?

It promises to be a feisty encounter with no love lost between these sides, but nevertheless we expect some quality action at the New Den in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Ladbrokes News’ Ben Stones has scoured the markets to bring you the three best bets for the action on Saturday lunch-time.

Cardiff to win @ 8/5

Since Slade’s appointment, Bluebirds have looked a solid team with promotion aspirations firmly on their minds.

Two wins from two will certainly set the former Leyton Orient boss up for a good spell in charge in south Wales and we feel that run could continue another week.

Millwall are without a win since August, and suffered a double defeat against Cardiff two seasons ago, so we would have the visitors as slight favourites, making this the certain value in the win-draw-win market.

Cardiff to be winning at HT @ 9/4

Part of Millwall’s problem lately has been there lack of proficiency in front of goal, especially in the early stages of games.

Ian Holloway’s men have only scored in two of their last four games, with all four goals coming in the second period of the game, when they were already at least two goals down.

Cardiff conversely have started brightly in recent matches, netting in the first 45 minutes in four of their last five contests.

We expect Slade’s men to be enjoying their half-time oranges in the lead, and if you are really confident a price of 10/3 on a Cardiff/Cardiff HT/FT result cannot be discounted.

Federico Macheda to score any time @ 5/2

One notable change since the Welsh side named their new boss is the formation that the players take to the pitch in.

The 54-year-old seems to prefer a more traditional 4-4-2 set-up, with Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda his apparent first-choice strike force.

The latter has certainly rewarded his manager’s faith in him and has netted two in two since being reintroduced to the starting XI, and could be on for three in three when his side make the trip along the M4.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publshing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.