EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Bournemouth vs Cardiff: Preview, Prediction, Team News

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League leaders Bournemouth hosts Cardiff City at Vitality Stadium in the EFL Championship on Thursday evening. Both the sides are currently at the opposite ends of the league table.

Bournemouth is currently one point clear of second-placed Fulham with 46 points out of 24 matches played. Bournemouth returned to winning ways as they defeated QPR on Monday when they secured a 1:0 victory over them.

The Cherries were going through a rough patch of form as they were winless in the 6 games played before the QPR game.

As Fulham’s fixture against Reading is postponed, Bournemouth has the chance to end the year on a high note.

On the other hand, with 12 defeats and 6 wins so far, Cardiff City is currently 20th in the league table. They have 22 points out of 22 matches, three points above Reading in the final relegation spot.

Morison’s men ended their last game in a nail-biting 2:2 draw with Birmingham City. They have secured only two victories out of the last five games played.

Cardiff will take the pitch for the first time after 17 days as their last two games got postponed due to COVID.

BOURNEMOUTH VS CARDIFF TEAM NEWS, SUSPENSIONS, INJURIES

Adam Smith would miss the match for Bournemouth. David Brooks is also not available due to cancer.

Sam Bowen and Isaac Vassell will be on the touchline from the Bluebirds’ side.

HEAD TO HEAD

Bournemouth will head into Thursday’s game with an upper hand claiming 20 wins from the last 48 meetings between the teams. Cardiff City has 16 wins in that time, while 12 matches have ended in draws.


Bournemouth
in last 5 games: D-D-L-L-W

Cardiff City in last 5 games: W-L-W-L-D

BOURNEMOUTH VS CARDIFF PREDICTED LINEUP

Bournemouth possible lineup:
Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Kelly, Zemura; L. Cook, Lerma; Christie, Billing, Stanislas; Solanke

Cardiff City possible lineup:
Smithies; McGuinness, Flint, Nelson; Perry Ng, Vaulks, Ralls, Giles; Colwill, Harris; Moore

PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR

Former Liverpool striker, Dominic Solanke is going through a fine form. He found the back of the net 17 times out of his 24 appearances scoring five goals in the last eight games. He is having an xG of 0.72 per game and will surely cause a lot of trouble to Cardiff’s backline.

PREDICTION

Bournemouth will surely have an upper hand after a tough outing against QPR. They face an inconsistent Cardiff City and should get a victory out of it given the form of the two sides.

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