Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Cardiff City look to snap out of a recent run of bad form as they host Middlesbrough in a lunchtime kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds have lost seven straight EFL Championship matches, having been outscored 17-1 over that stretch while Boro have won three of their last four.

Team news

Cardiff will be without Isaac Vassell and Isaac Davies, both missing through injury. Full-back Tom Sang is also out with a toe injury. Sean Morrison could be recalled into the Bluebirds' defence.

The visitors have several injury concerns ahead of their trip to Wales. Grant Hall (muscle), Dael Fry (leg), Anfernee Dijksteel (hamstring), Marc Bola (muscle) and Marcus Browne (ACL) will all be absent.

Onel Hernandez could be handed a place in the midfield while Uche Ikpeazu is in contention for a start in the heart of the Middlesbrough attack.

Predicted lineups

Cardiff City: Smithies; Bagan, Flint, Morrison, Ng; Pack, Vaulks; Colwill, Bacuna, Giles; Moore

Middlesbrough: Lumley; Bamba, McNair, Peltier; Tavernier, Crooks, Howson, Hernández; Payero; Ikpeazu, Sporar

Ones to watch

Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City)

Easily the Bluebirds' best player against Fulham. He was excellent with the ball and his attack-first instinct is as refreshing as it is exciting. Colwill looked like Cardiff's biggest threat and saw one shot go narrowly past the post in the first half.

Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough)

He was the driving force in the victory over Barnsley at both ends of the pitch, keeping the Tykes' forwards quiet for the most part, and was involved in delivering the balls into the heart of the penalty area to set up both goals.

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Previous meetings

In February, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Riverside StadiumSean Morrison's 37th-minute opener canceled out by Paddy McNair's equalizer eight minutes from time.

The result meant that the Bluebirds remained unbeaten in their last six against Boro.

How to watch

The match will be televised on Sky Sports. Kick-off is set for 12:30 BST.

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