Friday, Cardiff City Stadium, 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports 1
FOOTBALL'S a strange old game. On Wednesday Huddersfield fans were Scotland supporters as they cheered on an English-born hitman and tonight they travel to Wales.
The English league season kicks off with what could be a cracker between a side fancied to challenge for the title and one who are thrilled to be in the Championship after winning the play-offs last season.
Huddersfield fans will be keen to pay homage to goal machine Jordan Rhodes who celebrated his first start for Scotland with a superb goal against Australia.
How the young man will fare just two days later will be hard to tell but he played just an hour for his adopted country and should still be on a high.
Rhodes is a biggest 13-2 at Stan James to score first – 7-4 at any time – and Huddersfield are 7-2 with bet365 to upset the favourites who are bidding to bounce back from last week's shock League Cup defeat at Northampton.
Huddersfield also lost their cup clash at Preston Monday but were without Rhodes and a few others. I wouldn't read too much into the results because this is where the real action begins and I must favour Cardiff who once again just missed out on the play-offs.
The Bluebirds – or should that be red robins – have made quality signings with their backing of Malaysian owners and boss Malky Mackay will be under pressure to go one better and land promotion to the Premier League.
Craig Bellamy's experience will be vital if he stays fit, Heidar Helguson is a scorer at this level and Mackay is excited by £2.5million signing Kim Bo-Kyung of South Korea.
I reckon home advantage will give Cardiff the edge and are a best 17-20 at BetVictor against a side that won just two of their last 10 away games in the league.
Bellamy would love to net on his return to the capital and is 6-1 at bet365 to hit the opener and 6-4 with bet365 at any time but Helguson could provide the value. He netted from the spot at Northampton and is 11-2 at BetVictor for the first, 13-8 at Paddy Power at any time.
With tensions running high there could be a bit of sparring before the first goal and I'm looking at BetVictor’s 39-40 for the opener to come after the 27th minute.
Helguson to score
(13-8, Paddy Power)
First goal after 27 minutes