Cardiff City are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Bristol City in the Severnside derby.
After battling back to earn two draws in his first two games in charge, Mick McCarthy will be desperate to get his first Bluebirds win under his belt.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clash.
What time is Bristol City v Cardiff City kick-off?
Bristol City v Cardiff City kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, February 6.
Is it on TV?
No. The game will not be televised live.
What about live streaming?
Cardiff City will be streaming the game live on their website and match passes for those viewing in the UK can be bought here for £10.
Overseas viewers will be able to pay to watch the game for £7 – other packages are also available. Full details here.
You can also follow all the action on our live blog from around 12.30pm, which you’ll be able to find here.
What are the odds?
- Bristol City win: 9/4
- Draw: 11/5
- Cardiff City: 5/4
(Odds via The Pools and correct at the time of publication)
What’s the team news?
New signing Jonny Williams is a doubt for Cardiff City’s clash with Bristol City after picking up a training-ground knock on the eve of the game.
Mick McCarthy has said he is hopeful the Wales international will be fit enough to make his debut, however he did admit the player was “clubbed” on the back of the knee in training and they will have to make a late decision.
In more positive news, January signing Max Watters has trained well, along with Junior Hoilett. They should both be in contention for the Severnside derby. Given the deadline day exit for Robert Glatzel, Watters could well be set to feature.
Ciaron Brown has also impressed in training following his recall from Livingston and McCarthy also confirmed he will be travelling with the squad to Ashton Gate.
Jordi Osei-Tutu is still absent, with no return date yet pertaining to his hamstring injury. Lee Tomlin is still a couple of weeks away as he continues to recover from his groin surgery.
Isaac Vassell is still a long-term absentee.
As for Bristol, they’ve been rocked by an injury to Chris Martin – with the striker ruled out for the rest of the season because of a hamstring problem.
He joins a lengthy list on the sidelines – with George Nurse, Cameron Pring, Tommy Rowe, Jay Dasilva, Liam Walsh, Callum O’Dowda, Marley Watkins, Nathan Baker and Andi Weimann all out injured.
What have the managers said?
Bristol City manager Dean Holden: “Mick is a manager who I’ve met a couple of times on the circuit. He’s always been really good company for me.
“He’s been around the block over the years at different levels and been a really good manager – and he’s someone that a young coach like me can learn from.
“In terms of Cardiff he’s gone in there and changed the system slightly and played a back three and they’re of course a difficult team to play against.
“We need to make sure we’re up for the challenge of our big rivals coming over the bridge. We had a good result there and it’s the chance to put smiles on the faces of our supporters.”
Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy: “It is vitally important to pick up that first win.
“We had our opportunities to win the game against Millwall, they had a couple of good chances but we had more, more possession and shots at goal. We are doing our best to win them.
“It’s important to win them because the gap from beneath is closing. Rotherham are now five points behind with a game behind and we play them Tuesday.
“So we need to start picking up wins to get away from the bottom half and get close to the top.”
- Bristol City have lost three of their last four home league games against Cardiff City (W1), losing 1-0 last season.
- Cardiff haven’t lost back-to-back league games against Bristol City since losing four in a row between 2001 and 2007 (excluding play-offs).
- Bristol City are looking to win four consecutive home Championship matches for the first time since February 2019.
- Cardiff are winless in their last seven Championship matches, their longest league run at this level since February 2015 (also seven without a win).
- Cardiff striker Kieffer Moore has scored 10 goals in 22 Championship appearances this season, equalling his tally for last season when he scored 10 in 36 games for Wigan.
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