Cardiff City is going head to head with Reading starting on 17 Feb 2023 at 20:00 UTC at Cardiff City Stadium stadium, Cardiff city, Wales. The match is a part of the Championship. Cardiff City played against Reading in 1 matches this season. Currently, Cardiff City rank 21st, while Reading hold 15th position.
Cardiff City and Reading square off in the Championship on Friday evening with both clubs having secured important victories earlier in the week. While the home side now sit four points off the bottom of the standings, the visitors are in mid-table and back in the hunt for the playoffs.
Having failed to instigate a change in fortunes upon his arrival, Sabri Lamouchi would have had concerns about the trajectory of Cardiff ahead of the trip to Birmingham City. However, the Bluebirds were able to end a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night with two goals scored in the latter stages of the fixture at St Andrew’s.
Efforts from Perry Ng and Callum Robinson ensured that Cardiff netted twice in a second-tier contest for the first time since December 10, also posting just their fourth away triumph of the campaign. The Welsh outfit remain locked in a battle to remain out of the bottom three, but they now sit just one point adrift of 20th-placed Rotherham United, who were defeated by Reading on the same night.
Cardiff and Reading head into the weekend off morale-boosting results and will look to pick up where they dropped off. Both teams are evenly matched, so the spoils could be shared.
Prediction: Cardiff 1-1 Reading.
This match will start from 1:30 AM
This match will take place on 18 February 2023
Having come off the substitutes’ bench to play a key role versus Blues, Robinson and new signing Connor Wickham will hope to feature in the starting lineup.
The latter may have to bide his time due to a lack of match fitness, however, and Joe Ralls appears to be the only other potential alteration if Lamouchi wishes to introduce fresh legs in midfield.
As for Reading, Nesta Guinness-Walker is expected to replace Baba Rahman after the former Chelsea man sustained an injury issue versus Rotherham.
Carroll has played back-to-back 90 minutes in three days having not done so all season, leaving it likely that the veteran may be replaced by Yakou Meite in attack.
Cardiff City:- Allsop; Romeo, Ng, McGuinness, Kipre, O’Dowda; Rinomhota, Sawyers, Wintle; Etete, Robinson
Reading:- Lumley; Yiadom, Sarr, Mbengue; Hoilett, Ince, McIntyre, Hendrick, Guinness-Walker; Meite, Long
Tip 1: Result – Draw
Tip 2: Both teams to score – Yes (Both teams have scored in seven of their last eight meetings.)
Tip 3: Less than 4.5 cards – Yes (There have also been fewer than five bookings in the last five meetings between the two teams.)
Determining winning probabilities requires a keen eye for many details like the lineups as well as an appreciation of past levels of performance. Naturally, both teams want to win the game, although Cardiff C seems to be in favor of the odds with a 44.6% chance. Reading Fc, with a probability of 26.5%, is less likely to leave the match as the winner.
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