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Championship Preview: Cardiff City v Preston North End

Cardiff City welcome Preston to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday in the Championship. The Bluebirds have won their last four games and are unbeaten in six matches. The run has seen the Welsh club move to seventh in the table.

Preston, who currently sit 13th have lost three of their last six, but have won two both away from home.

Recent Meetings

Cardiff have won the last two meetings of the teams both at Deepdale. Preston have picked up a draw and win on their last two visits to Cardiff. The overall record between the side is even with 36 wins apiece and 23 draws.

Team News

New Cardiff signing Jonny Williams has trained is available to make his debut. Sheyi Ojo is also back available for selection. Lee Tomlin continues his recovery having a run out with the under 23’s.

Key players Keiffer Moore and Josh Murphy are doubts after picking up knocks in Cardiff’s win at Luton. Midfielder Joe Ralls will miss this game as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Preston will wait on the availability of midfielder Ryan Ledson who missed the visit of Watford.

Billy Bodin has picked up a knock after a troubling time with injuries.

Managers Thoughts

Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy spoke ahead of the game and was asked about Preston’s away record:

“That’s every week!

“I don’t think it matters if you’re home or away if I’m honest.

“When you’re away from home, you travel the day before and you’re in game mode from Friday, in the hotel, you’re wired for that game.

“Travelling might even have a bit of an advantage. You’re on the bus and you’re ready for the game, already thinking about it.

“It’s up to us to make sure we get another home result.”

Preston’s Alex Neil is looking forward to facing The Bluebirds and Mick McCarthy:

“They are always difficult games against Mick’s teams.

“We faced his Ipswich Town in the Play-Offs when I was at Norwich and we just managed to beat them, but if they manage to make the Play-Offs this season, they aren’t a team you want to be facing.

“Mick has been in this league for years and he knows how to get the job done.

“He has turned around Cardiff’s fortunes and they are now looking to get into the top six, but equally, we need to try and get some more points on the board as well. It is going to be an important game for both teams.

“They are riding high and will be confident, but some of our best performances have been on the road this year in terms of going and getting good results against difficult opponents.”

Key Players

Harry Wilson has four goals and seven assists this season for Cardiff. He scored the first goal as Cardiff beat Luton on Tuesday despite having had a quiet game up until then. The type of player who may be out of a game for long periods but can pull off a piece of magic at any time.

Scott Sinclair has scored eight goals this season and the former Swansea player will pose a treat to Cardiff’s wing backs. With a pass percentage of almost 80% the experienced winger will be hard to stop.

Prediction: Cardiff City 2- 1 Preston North End

This game will be tight and the first goal will be key. Cardiff have had the quality in the side all season but now look like the confidence of a top six side has returned.

Preston V Cardiff City Preview

Sunday’s early Championship fixture is between Preston North End and Cardiff City. Both clubs have four points from their opening four games prior to the international break.

Preston come into this match after a fantastic 4-2 win away at Brentford, while Cardiff held a free scoring Blackburn at Ewood Park last time out. Preston currently sit in 14th place whilst Cardiff are 16th.

Last season’s fixture saw the Bluebirds win 3-1 as they made a run into the playoffs. Historically, however, Deepdale has not been a happy hunting ground. Cardiff having lost by three goals in 2017,2016, 2010 as well as a 6-0 defeat in 2009. The latter resulting in the swing in goal difference that allowed Preston to beat Cardiff to the Play-offs.

Team News

For Preston Alan Browne is unlikely after being in close contact with with an ireland teammate who has tested positive for Covid-19. Browne has given a negative test but under current rules must still isolate for 10 days.

Preston Manager Alex Neil told Lancaster News:

“I presume at the moment that alan won’t be available, but I’m not quite sure. We need to take medical advice although we’ve already had some discussion with the doctor”.

Browne was forced to miss both of Irelands Nations League games this week.

There was, however, better news for midfielder Daniel Johnson:

“DJ to be fair was making good progress just before the international break. But he’d only trained once or twice with us before the Brentford game which wasn’t quite enough. He trained with us on Tuesday this week and hopefully will do so for the remainder of the week”.

Cardiff, meanwhile, will be without playmaker Lee Tomlin who is suspended after his red card at Blackburn. Joe Ralls will most likely play just behind the striker for Cardiff after returning from injury in the Blackburn game.

Kieffer Moore limped off during Wales’ game v England, but did play in the game against Ireland.

Speaking to Wales Online, Cardiff manager Neil Harris said:

“Kieffer’s come back to us. Fortunately he’s healing well, so has a good chance for the weekend”.

Another problem for Harris is the fitness of full back Joe Bennett who had to come off at Blackburn after just 13 minutes:

“Joe Bennett came off with a hamstring, so we have to keep an eye on that. We’ll have to wait and see”.

Key Players

Scott Sinclair has enjoyed a really good start to the season with three goals in four games. The winger who will know Cardiff well having been a former Swansea City player will be desperate to make it four goals. a wide player who likes to get into the box, he will be a handful for the Cardiff defence.

For the Bluebirds, Joe Ralls will need to be the creative force and push forward to support Moore. Cardiff forwards have often looked isolated this season so Ralls will need to be quick to support Moore when Cardiff play direct. He has the passing ability to open up the Preston defence and if Kieffer Moore can get into good spaces they can be a real threat. Preston will also have to watch out for his set piece play.

Where to Watch

This game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 11:30 with a 12:00 kick off.

Prediction: Preston North End 1 – 1 Cardiff City

Two teams who have started slow and unlikely to change this weekend. Cardiff will be the happier side with a point away from home.