Two Championship play-off candidates go head to head on Friday evening as an out of form Birmingham City side entertain Cardiff City.
Birmingham City’s winless run was extended to five games as they were only able to draw 1-1 away at Preston North End on Tuesday evening.
On loan Adam Reach gave Preston an early lead, however Michael Morrison equalised for the visitors, meaning they are four points adrift of the play-offs.
Cardiff looked to have blown a 2-0 lead for a second consecutive match, however Kenwyne Jones’ late strike helped them beat Brentford.
Goals from Jake Bidwell and John Swift looked to have earned Brentford a draw, only for Jones to earn all three points with his second of the match.
Championship form: Birmingham W0 D2 L3; Cardiff W2 D2 L1
Championship top scorers
Birmingham – Clayton Donaldson 5 goals
Cardiff – Kenwyne Jones 5 goals
Cardiff City have an excellent recent record against Birmingham and took four points off their Championship rivals last season.
Last five Championship meetings
Cardiff 2 Birmingham 0 – 21/03/15
Birmingham 0 Cardiff 0 – 08/11/14
Birmingham 0 Cardiff 1 – 01/01/13
Cardiff 2 Birmingham 1 – 02/10/12
Birmingham 1 Cardiff 1 – 25/03/12
Birmingham top goalscorer Clayton Donaldson remains out injured, meaning James Vaughan is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
On loan Tony Watt will continue alongside Jones after the pair scored all three goals in the mid-week success over Brentford.
Expected starting XI’s
Birmingham (4-2-3-1): Kuszczak; Eardley, Spector, Morrison, Grounds; Kieftenbeld, Gleeson; Maghoma, Toral, Gray; Vaughan
Cardiff (4-4-2): Marshall; Peltier, Morrison, Connolly, Fabio Da Silva; Pilkington, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Noone; Watt, Jones
Result: Draw (23/10 with Bet Victor)
Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with 888 Sport)
Anytime Goalscorer: James Vaughan (12/5 with Bet 365)