One win and three losses since the return to football have all but ended Blackburn’s playoff chances, whereas red-hot Cardiff are looking to solidify their playoff place with a win at home against a team winless in three.
When and where?
The match will be held at Cardiff’s ingeniously titled Cardiff City stadium, with the match kicking off at 7:45pm on July 7.
In their last match eleven months ago, the teams played out a goalless draw at Ewood Park.
Form favours the Bluebirds, with Blackburn winless against them since a 3-2 win in the FA Cup back in 2005
For the home side, there are no reported injuries or suspensions, as Robert Glatzel and Marlon Pack are both back from their respective injuries.
It’s a similar story in the Blackburn camp, with Tony Mowbray having a full contingent to call upon.
Last five matches
(W) 0-1 vs Bristol City
(D) 0-0 vs Charlton
(W) 1-3 vs Preston
(W) 2-0 vs Leeds
(W) 0-2 vs Barnsley
Cardiff’s rampant form has seen them fly up the table, leapfrogging many of their playoff rivals. They currently sit in sixth, with the view to secure that prized playoff place.
(L) 1-3 vs Leeds
(L) 2-0 vs Barnsley
(L) 2-0 vs Wigan
(W) 3-1 vs Bristol City
(L) 3-0 vs Derby
Blackburn’s shocking form since returning from the break has left them all but out of the playoff race. Anything less than three points will see them remain in the second flight for another season.
Cardiff’s form going into this match makes them borderline untouchable in my view. Their form, with big wins against teams above them, coupled with Blackburn’s near-complete lack of positive results since returning to football, makes them the firm favourites in my view.
Match Preview written by Tom Cresswell.