Bristol City will host Cardiff City this lunchtime in the Sky Bet Championship with both clubs seeking all three points for very different reasons.
Home side Bristol City are fighting for their lives in a relegation battle, sitting in 19th place with an eight point cushion between them and 22nd place Rotherham United.
The Robins though have been in good form of late, with four wins and a draw in their last six matches – the one major blot on that record is the 4-0 home defeat to promotion chasing Brighton and Hove Albion over a week ago.
Russell Slade’s Cardiff meanwhile are perched just outside the play-off spots in eighth place, just three points behind Sheffield Wednesday, and could jump into the play-off places with a big win at Ashton Gate this afternoon.
Cardiff lost their last away fixture to Middlesbrough 3-1, and will be hoping to get back to winning ways on the road.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in the Bristol City v Cardiff City match…
1) Anthony Pilkington
The midfielder is having his best goal scoring season since 2012, having scored eight so far, equalling his best ever.
The attacking midfielder has been outstanding for Cardiff this season, and will undoubtedly have a bearing on this afternoon’s match.
Pilkington is an integral part of the Bluebirds attacking threat not just for finding the net, but in supplying the right ammunition to the front men. If the hosts cannot keep Pilkington out of the game, it will be costly for them.
2) Goal fest
The past four meetings between these two sides it has produced 18 goals. 8 for Bristol City, 10 for Cardiff City.
History tells us to expect all out attacking football this afternoon, and so does their current league situations. They both require nothing but a win in this lunchtime’s Championship match.
The previous games between these have averaged over four goals per game, and there is no reason with these two teams hitting form that we can’t get another four today.
3) Craig Noone
In the last home match against Brighton, Lee Johnson’s side had trouble on the flanks, especially the left where Cardiff’s Craig Noone operates.
The 28-year-old highly talented winger has been in fine form for Cardiff so far and can function on either flank.
If the Bristol City fullbacks have not learnt their lesson from the 4-0 drubbing by Brighton, they could have a very long afternoon because Noone can and will cause them endless problems.
Bristol City and Cardiff fans… what do you think the score will be? Can Cardiff make the play-offs? Will Bristol City beat the drop? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!