Cardiff City v Leeds United, Saturday 12:30
Although a playoff place is no longer on the cards for Leeds United, the Whites will nonetheless be striving to spoil the Cardiff City parade this weekend as Betfred offer free bets and long odds on the visitors to triumph at the Cardiff City Stadium in Saturday’s early kick off.
Travelling manager, Neil Warnock, will have to do without Darren O’Dea following the defender’s sending off against Blackpool during midweek.
Michael Brown is serving the last game of a three-match suspension and will also be absent.
The Leeds duo are likely to be joined by Billy Paynter too, after the midfielder picked up an Achilles injury at Bloomfield road and the trio of Davide Somma, Aidy White and Patrick Kisnorbo remain sidelined through long-term injuries.
Cardiff City striker Rudy Gestede continues his recovery from a hip injury and is in contention to return on Saturday, handing a boost to Malky Mackay.
The Bluebirds know that victory will secure them a spot in the playoff places with Middlesborough currently trailing by four points and another three making any hopes of catching up an impossibility.
Cardiff were deserved winners in Tuesday’s tie against Derby County that was helped emphatically by a Mark Hudson strike from within his own half that is now making the rounds via the internet.
The Welsh outfit are now unbeaten in their last eight outings but have drawn five of those matches and will need to make sure they get all three points from this fixture in order to seal their top six finish as early as possible and not leave their fate until the last gameweek.
One man who knows the importance of Saturday’s match as well as anyone is Mackay who, speaking ahead of this weekend, stated: “We know three more points will seal our play-off place. We have a tough game against Leeds United on Saturday and we will concentrate on that, rather than look at other results.”