Neil Warnock will be hoping his team can bounce back from a disappointing defeat against Wolves and take all 3 points at Aston Villa on Tuesday.
Cardiff find themselves just 2 points above Fulham after that loss to Wolves. Missing 2 penalties in injury time have put the Welsh side under immense pressure going into the final weeks of the season.
The fixture list doesn’t look too pretty for The Bluebirds, with games against fellow promotion hopefuls Aston Villa and Derby County coming up.
Warnock will be hoping that his player confidence wasn’t hit too hard in those dying moments at the Molineux. With both Gary Madine and Junior Hoilett failing to capitalise on golden opportunities.
Steve Bruce and Aston Villa come into the midweek fixtures off a poor result too. Going down 3-1 at Carrow Road to a midtable Norwich side. A result which has severely dented any hopes of an automatic place in the Premier League next season.
Josh Maddison proved a thorn in the side of the Villa team, scoring the third goal and essentially killing the game off.
There are only 5 games left of the Championship season, meaning 15 points left to play for. Cardiff have a game in hand on most, the postponed match against Derby set to take place on 24th April.
Cardiff find themselves 9 points off league leaders Wolves whilst they are comfortably guaranteed a play-off position. The form they have shown this season, anything less than automatic promotion would be deemed a disappointment, although Fulham would also feel they deserve the same.
Cardiff have played robust, direct, effective football. Neil Warnock has gathered an honest hardworking set of players and if promotion this season is not achieved, they will be in a great position.
A lot is riding on who can be the most consistent team over the course of the next few weeks. The fixtures are coming thick and fast for all teams involved in the chase for promotion, these games against fellow promotion hopefuls will prove pivotal for all of those involved.
Cardiff will be looking to utilise the game in hand they possess against Derby County to keep hold of what they already hold, and further the gap between themselves and those who threaten the Premier League dream.