Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s championship clash between Cardiff City and Coventry City, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Cardiff City seek to maintain its invincibility under Mick McCarthy when they host Coventry City on Saturday afternoon.
The Bluebirds followed consecutive draws with successive wins in their four games under the experienced coach, moving up to 11th place.
Coventry is unbeaten in three league games, however, and enters this clash at Cardiff City Stadium in 19th place.
Cardiff’s 2-1 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday, three days after the 2-0 win over Servernside’s rival Bristol City, revived hopes of a playoffs.
The Bluebirds have won successive victories for the first time since a series of four in a row between November 28 and December 8, leaving them eight points out of the top six.
This is still a big gap to be filled at this stage of the campaign, but McCarthy’s men face three teams below them in the division in the next three matches.
Coventry will not make life easier for the Welsh opponent, but they have been fighting for victories in the last few weeks, adding the maximum points in just two of the last 10 matches.
However, this series includes a goalless draw at home for the candidate for the Watford automatic promotion last time, with Sky Blues being the best team at St Andrew’s in this stalemate.
Mark RobinsThe team’s team also drew 1-1 with Birmingham City in their last away game, although the match took place at St Andrew’s temporary home.
Coventry need wins, however, as they are just three points above the relegation zone, having also played one more game than Derby County in the last relegation wave.
Sky Blues won the reverse game 1-0 in November – Tyler Walker scoring the only goal that time – and he’s looking for his first double in the league against Cardiff since 1965-66.
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January Signature Jonny Williams remains a big doubt for Cardiff with a blow suffered in training, while the playmate Lee Tomlin has been absent for a long time.
City’s only other fitness question is the goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who had to be a stretcher last week after getting sick and saw his place taken by Dillon Phillips.
McCarthy came out with a five save against Rotherham and can go on with a winning formula, with a rare top scorer Joe Bennett and Perry Ng – impressive since I arrived last month – as a full-back.
Marlon Pack could provide the hosts with some fresh legs in the middle, but Will Vaulks and Joe Ralls performed well and are confident of maintaining their positions on the sidelines.
As for visitors, they had to deal with a growing list of positive coronavirus injuries and cases, with the goalkeeper Ben Wilson and defender Kyle McFadzean among the marginalized.
Julien Da Costa substituted Josh Pask right-back against Watford and will probably keep his place here, with Sam McCallum on the other side, the teams face each other in terms of formation.
attacker Maxime Biamou has been fighting for goals this season, scoring just three times in 20 matches, but he is the favorite to get the better here.
Possible initial line-up for Cardiff City:
Phillips; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Vaulks, Ralls, Bennett; Wilson, Moore, Ojo
Possible initial lineup for Coventry City:
Marosi; Rose, Ostigard, Hyam; Dacosta, Allen, James, Hamer, McCallum; O’Hare, Biamou
Probability: Cardiff City 2-0 Coventry City
Cardiff finally has a little momentum on their side, thanks to a series of four games without losing since McCarthy’s entry, the last two ending with victory.
Coventry held Watford last time and beat Cardiff in the reverse, but we are supporting the hosts to come out on top in this match.
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