In the EFL Championship, Cardiff City and Stoke City square off on Saturday at the Bet365 Stadium. As both teams enter the weekend separated by just one point, just above the relegation zone, the game has all the makings of a legitimate contest. During the World Cup break, Stoke City’s 2-1 friendly victory over Nottingham Forest, a Premier League team, was a positive sign for the team’s morale.
As his team returns to the EFL Championship, where they have lost five of their last seven games, manager Alex Neil will hope that result can serve as a springboard for a good run of form. Stoke City is currently 17th in the league with 25 points from 21 games, two points ahead of the visitors on Saturday. Cardiff City has also struggled to get results in the league, losing six of their last eight games, just like the hosts.
Their lack of offensive firepower has contributed to their disappointing campaign, in which they have scored just 17 goals in their first 17 games. On the other hand, the Bluebirds are looking to build on their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on November 30 in a friendly match.
We anticipate an exciting game in which both Cardiff City and Stoke City will go to great lengths to win, with only two points and two places separating them in the league table. In the past, Cardiff has performed better in this matchup, and we expect them to win narrowly once more.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-2 Cardiff City
Stoke City has a slightly better record in the history of this matchup, winning 21 of the 51 games they’ve played in. In that time, Cardiff City has won three fewer games, and they have shared the spoils 12 times. Since a 2-0 defeat in April 2020, the Bluebirds have won two and drawn two of their last four games against the home team.
Stoke City has lost five of their last seven Championship games, but they have won two of those games. Cardiff City has also lost three of their last four league games, with the exception of a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on November 5.
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