The close nature of the Championship means that even though Blackburn are six places below Cardiff, only six points keep the teams apart as the Bet365 cameras decend on the Welsh Capital this afternoon.
The Cardiff City Stadium is anticipating a clash between the Bluebirds and visitors Blackburn on Saturday afternoon. A win for the home side would see them make a serious push towards the playoff positions, possibly ending up as high as seventh, depending on other results.
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Blackburn, on the other hand, could slip down as low as eighteenth position, whereas a win could put them solidly back in the middle of the table.
It might lack the glamour of the top of the table encounters but this is an example of gritty, real football between two teams with proud histories and reputations to defend.
Bluebirds boss Russell Slade seems to have finally lost patience with out of form striker Kenwyne Jones and will in all likelihood remove him from the starting lineup ahead of Saturday’s contest. This is due to the fact that Jones has a pathetic goal scoring record of only one goal in his last eight matches.
This is the kind of form which will stop Cardiff from challenging for promotion if allowed to continue. Potential replacements for Jones include Federico Macheda, who is returning to match fitness, or Sammy Ameobi, if it is felt ex-Man Utd man Macheda isn’t quite ready.
The visiting side are set to be without the services of Fode Koita whose hamstring problem is serious enough to keep him out of the visit to Cardiff. It is likely that Blackburn will look towards Tom Lawrence, on loan from Premier League sensation Leicester, to replace Koita.
Jason Lowe’s long-term foot complaint shows no signs of abating and he will not make the squad for the trip to Wales.
Cardiff haven’t managed a win since the mid-December visit of Brentford, and Blackburn will be looking to capitalise on this situation.
It is doubtful the Rovers will pose a serious threat, however, as they haven’t managed an away win since the start of December against Bristol City.
Indeed, the visitors have lost two away games in a row against Bolton and Reading, and Cardiff could well add to this run of defeats. An away win or a home win are seen as equally likely outcomes and this is by no means a game where the outcome can be guessed with any measure of confidence.