The match tonight between Cardiff City and Brentford puts two play-off contenders head to head as both sides look to climb into the top six.
Cardiff are currently in 7th place, just outside the play-offs having lost at the weekend to Derby, and they will be looking at bouncing straight back with a win.
Brentford are in 10th place but still only two points behind Ipswich in 6th following a their superb form under caretaker head coach Lee Carsley, which has continued under new boss Dean Smith.
With the busy Christmas period coming up both teams will be looking at amassing as many points as possible in the upcoming fixtures and tonight’s game promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Here are THREE things to look out for in the match:
1) Cardiff’s home form
Having lost only once at home so far this season, and have scored 14 goals at the Cardiff City Stadium and are very formidable prospect in Wales.
The Bluebirds are hoping to make the play-offs and rejoin their fierce rivals Swansea in the Premier League and maintaining their home form will be key to that.
Brentford will have to be ready for a fast start and concentrate for the full 90 to get something out of the game against a side that are tough opposition when their at home.
2) Alan Judge
The all-action Brentford midfielder is a key part to the team due his creativity and the goals he scores, finding his eighth of the season in 2-2 draw at Fulham from the penalty spot.
He scores goals and and causes problems when running at defenders so Cardiff will have to keep a close eye on him if they want to hinder the Brentford attacks.
He doesn’t just attack though and puts in tackles and blocks and puts in a real shift for his team, making him a key figure in Dean Smith’s squad.
3) Craig Noone
Craig Noone is arguably one of the best wingers in the Championship as he has skill pace and crosses the ball superbly. He can be a real handful and is a fans’ favourite.
Often he is dealt with by being fouled by defenders, which results in Cardiff being able to put opposition defences under pressure from set-pieces.
The one thing that lets him down is his stature, and is sometimes out muscled but generally this doesn’t happen, Brentford will have trouble getting a result if the don’t mark the 28-year-old properly.
Cardiff and Brentford fans…What are your predictions for the match? Will Cardiff continue their impressive home form? Can Dean Smith make it three games unbeaten as Bees boss? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!