Bluebirds And Fulham To Share Points In Play-Off Clash



Cardiff City are hoping to salvage their play-off promotion hopes when they visit high-flying Fulham, who will be looking to keep pace with West Brom in their fight for an automatic place come the end of the season.


Scott Parker's 'Cottagers' have had an up-and-down return-to-action, with defeats against fellow top-flight hopefuls Brentford and Leeds United putting their hopes of playing in the Premier League next season in question.


However, one goal victories over Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City means they are definitely still in the hunt for a top-two finish, with a seven-point gap between them and 'The Baggies'.


‘The Bluebirds' have been incredibly impressive since the re-start, with Neil Harris guiding his men to three wins and one draw, with a first defeat in seven to Blackburn Rovers in their last outing leaving them just about in the play-off places by a singular point.


In their last meeting, the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw which included the sending off of former Bluebird Harry After and an equaliser from Fulham top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who will return to the line-up for Friday's game after serving his three-game ban.


No injury problems for either side, though Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will return to the Cardiff squad after missing the defeat to Blackburn midweek due to the birth of his child.


It will be a firm contest, with Fulham having the second-best home record in the English second-tier with 13 wins in 21 contests at Craven Cottage.


I expect another score-draw in a fixture that has seen them tie five times in their last 10 meetings, though there is definitely the possibility that either side could walk away with all three points on the day. Cardiff may have been brought back down to earth last time out, but they're a tough team to break down, and with both sides having in-form strikers in the likes of Mitrovic and Glatzel, I can’t see a winner being decided come Friday night.



Match Preview written by Ethan Evans