Cardiff City host in-form Preston North End this afternoon with both clubs striving to make the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.
Russell Slade’s Cardiff are eighth in the Championship table on 49 points, six behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.
The Bluebirds have had a mixed bag of results in the last six games, having beaten Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 at home before losing 3-1 away to Middlesbrough.
Preston have hit form just at the right time to make a late surge for a play-off place, winning four matches in a row.
They now sit in ninth place just behind today’s hosts Cardiff, but they are still seven points off sixth place.
Both clubs need a win today to maintain contact with the top six, so this should be an all guns blazing encounter with neither side playing for the draw.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s match…
1) Peter Whittingham
The 31-year-old has been outstanding since he joined Cardiff City in 2007.
He passed John Toshack in Cardiff’s all-time scoring chart with his 77th goal against Brighton.
Whittingham is a vital member of Slade’s squad and without his experience, their promotion push might well fall off the rails.
He will be a key factor in today’s match in combating the threat from Preston’s midfield.
2) Joe Garner
Only five goals this season but two of those have come in the last two matches, and the 27-year-old forward seems to be hitting form in time for Preston to make a late charge for the top six.
The striker has put in some really notable performances especially in the last four games. He has been a constant threat in every game, chasing lost causes and pressing from the front.
Simon Grayson’s men will need every ounce of knowledge the experienced forward possesses when they face Cardiff this afternoon.
3) Cardiff home record
Cardiff City have only been beaten once in front of their home fans this season by current Championship leaders Hull City.
The Bluebirds have turned the Cardiff City Stadium into a fortress, and have only failed to score in three matches played in front of the City faithful.
Preston face a severe test in the play-off ambitions this afternoon as they travel to Wales seeking points, but may well find that task beyond them.
Cardiff and Preston fans… Who will win this crucial battle this afternoon? Can either side make the play-offs? Which side would be better suited to the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!