Cardiff City vs Birmingham City preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Rubin Colwill and Jordan James battle for possession during the 2-2 EFL Championship draw between Birmingham City and Cardiff City / Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Cardiff City's form has sustained a monumental hit as of late, with the Bluebirds currently on a stretch of four consecutive defeats.

They have not won back-to-back matches since the beginning of March, where victories over Derby County and QPR propelled Steve Morison's men away from the relegation abyss.

Now though, confidence is low, and after a humiliating 4-0 capitulation in their own backyard to fierce rivals Swansea City last month, they are yet to truly pick up the pieces.

Tomorrow's showdown poses a great chance to do just that against a team embroiled in similarly poor fortunes.

Birmingham City have also been on the receiving end of some demoralising drubbings in recent weeks, losing 6-1 at Blackpool while also suffering a 4-2 home defeat against Coventry City.

The West Midlands outfit have only won four league fixtures since the turn of the year and many believe that had Reading and Derby not received points deductions, they too would be entrenched in relegation fears.

  • Team news

Morison has revealed that he will have the same squad available to him for tomorrow's fixture that he did for the midweek clash at Middlesbrough, where his side slumped to a comprehensive 2-0 defeat.

Therefore, midfield general Joe Ralls will be unavailable, having been ruled out for the rest of the season owing to a groin injury.

Captain Sean Morrison remains sidelined with a long term ACL injury, which has kept him out since February.

Meanwhile, Joel Bagan is unlikely to feature after missing the trip to Teesside.

On the other hand, on-loan winger Tahith Chong is likely to miss Birmingham's trip to south Wales.

Blues boss Lee Bowyer explained that the 22-year-old has returned to training, but the Cardiff clash could well be too soon.

Kristian Pedersen and Taylor Richards are also back available for their side's final away match of the campaign.

Predicted lineups

Cardiff (4-2-2-2)

Phillips; Drameh, Nelson, Denham, Ng; Wintle, Vaulks; Doyle, Colwill; Harris, Hugill

Birmingham (3-4-2-1)

Etheridge; Gordon, Roberts, Friend; Colin, Gardner, Sunjic, Pedersen; Bacuna; Taylor, Hernandez

  • Ones to watch

Cardiff- Rubin Colwill

By all accounts, the mercurial playmaker was the Bluebirds' shining outlet yet again at Middlesbrough, providing a sole source of creativity and invention.

It appears very much a regularity for Colwill- who, despite having only turned 20 on Wednesday- frequently looks the most likely to make something happen in Cardiff colours.

His progressive ball-carrying ability deep into opposing territory makes him a distinct threat for defenders, while he also has an eye for a killer pass when needed.

And though he has been very much in and out of Morison's team this term, he has still managed to notch a respectable six strikes across all competitions, a feat which makes him his side's top scorer.

Should he start, Birmingham will have to pay close attention to him if they are to get something from the game.

Birmingham- Onel Hernandez

Onel Hernandez has proved a hit at St Andrews following his January loan switch from Norwich City.

Capable of operating off the shoulder, on the wing and even as a wing-back, the Cuban International's versatility has established him as a popular figure among the Birmingham faithful.

Hernandez is a player who is not scared to get forward and run at opponents, owing to his speed and quality in 1v1 situations.

This may well earmark him as a danger to Cardiff's backline, who will no doubt be doing all they can to prevent the second-tier stalwart from showcasing his talents.

  • Previous meetings

The two sides last locked horns in December, where Cardiff overturned a two goal deficit to salvage a dramatic 2-2 draw in the early days of Morison's tenure.

The Bluebirds also secured a 3-2 victory over Birmingham last term  at the Cardiff City Stadium before winning 4-0 on away soil, with loan star Harry Wilson scoring four times and providing two assists across the two outings.

Birmingham's last win at Cardiff dates all the way back to 2008, where they won 2-1 at Ninian Park.

  • How to watch

Due to domestic streaming regulations, live broadcasting of any fixture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2:45-5:15 on Saturday afternoons.

However, supporters in the UK are able to follow the action through an audio pass, while overseas supporters can watch the game live through an International match pass available on the clubs' websites.

The match starts at 15:00 BST.


 

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