Cardiff v Colchester: No FA Cup magic in store for visiting U’s

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Cardiff are currently in the midst of a five-game winless run but with Colchester proving more than susceptible to a hammering on the road in League One, an FA Cup third round meeting in Wales should offer only one result.

The Bluebirds can be backed at 4/9 with Ladbrokes to win this Friday cup encounter with the visitors a distant 7/1 for victory with the bookmaker offering 3/1 on the draw.

But ahead of this televised clash, we’ve picked out three great bets to help you enjoy the game.

Cardiff (-2) to beat Colchester @ 13/4

Russell Slade’s side may not be in great form but they have remained prolific in front of goal, scoring eight times in their last four competitive outings and a big win could be in store with Colchester recently losing 6-0 to MK Dons away and 4-1 at home to Rochdale.

4+ goals to be scored @ 13/8

Goals at either end look almost guaranteed with four or more goals scored in three of Cardiff’s last four matches while Colchester beat non-league Gosport Borough 6-3 in the previous round and could be among the goals again here.

Kenwyne Jones to score anytime @ 5/4

The wealth of attacking options at Cardiff’s disposal makes picking out a goalscorer a potentially tricky prospect but one man who has proven prolific of late is Jones. The former Stoke man has already scored nine goals this season and with three in his last four looks a good tip to net here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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