Bet365 Tips previews Saturday’s championship clash between Cardiff City and Preston North End, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Cardiff City seek to keep its victorious race under Mick McCarthy when they host out of shape Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
The Bluebirds have won four and drawn two since McCarthy replaced Neil Harris last month, while Preston lost three of the last four.
Cardiff’s return of 14 points out of the 18 on offer under McCarthy is the best of any team in the division over that period.
Out of nowhere, the Bluebirds have crawled straight into the playoff mix and could be in the top six in the middle of next week.
City are six points behind the thrilling Bournemouth in the playoff spot, with the two teams clashing next Wednesday.
Cardiff’s most recent victory came in Luton Town in the middle of the week, thanks to impressive long-range strikes from Harry Wilson and Will Vaulks.
After the victory at Kenilworth Road, only Manchester United have won more games on their travels across the top four categories of English football than Cardiff since February 2020.
Cardiff’s form at home has not been as formidable over that period, although a draw against Millwall and a 3-1 win against Coventry City ended a series of three defeats.
Preston’s away home results have been inconsistent, to say the least, having alternated between defeat and victory in the last six games, most recently winning 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers.
Alex Neill’s men followed this with a 1-0 home loss to Watford, however, and now they have won just two of the last nine in total.
As a result, the North End fell to 13th place, four points behind Cardiff and 10 behind the playoffs – which is certainly an insurmountable gap at this stage of the campaign.
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All news from the teams
McCarthy maintained the same XI in wins over Coventry and Luton, which could continue to happen on Saturday afternoon.
Alex Smithies is back on the team after recovering from illness, while Max Watters, Mark Harris and Leandro Bacuna they’re all pushing for recalls.
A player who will certainly keep his place on the sideline is the attacker Kieffer Moore, who scored 13 goals in 26 league games this season.
Preston is out Patrick Bauer and Declan Rudd for this trip to South Wales and are unsure about the fitness of Louis Moult and Billy Bodin.
Complete lap Greg Cunningham was an unused substitute against Watford and will not play against Cardiff, the parent club, due to an agreement in his loan agreement.
Former Wales international Ched Evans should lead the line of visitors, despite having scored only once in the first five games for Preston in the championship.
Possible initial line-up for Cardiff City:
Phillips; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Vaulks, Pack, Bennett; Wilson, Moore, Murphy
Possible initial lineup of Preston North End:
Iversen; Browne, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Whiteman, Molumby; Sinclair, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Evans
Probability: Cardiff City 2-1 Preston North End
Preston may have alternated between defeat and victory in his last six non-league games, but only Norwich City (nine) have won more times on his travels this season than eight in the North End.
However, Cardiff have scored more points than any other team since January 27 and have won consecutive league games with Preston, so we can see them coming out on top in this one.
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