2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week 32 – Wednesday

Bournemouth welcome Cardiff to the Vitaly Stadium in a mouth-watering Sky Bet Championship showdown, as both teams look to seize the advantage in the race for a play-off spot. 

Victory could see Bournemouth climb to fifth, whereas Cardiff will knock the Cherries out of the top six with a win and take sixth themselves.

 

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David Brooks is a doubt for Bournemouth after missing Saturday’s defeat at QPR with an ankle injury.

Steve Cook (adductor), Jack Stacey (thigh) and Dominic Solanke (ankle) also remain absent.

Cardiff could hand January signing, Jonny Williams his first start after naming him as an unused substitute in Saturday’s thrashing of Preston.

Mick McCarthy’s Bluebirds also have no new injury concerns as Junior Hoilett looks set to feature after recovering from a calf injury.

Joe Ralls (ankle), Jordi Osei-Tutu (hamstring), Lee Tomlin (groin) and Isaac Vassell (quad) all remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in four of their last five meetings against Cardiff (W2, D2, L1).
  • Cardiff have won just one of eight previous league trips to Bournemouth (W1, D1, L6), since the Cherries dropped Boscombe Athletic from their name.
  • Bournemouth have opened the scoring in just two of their last five home league games since the turn of 2021 (W2, D1, L2).
  • Cardiff have scored twice in each of their last four away league games, with five of their eight goals coming after half time.
  • Kieffer Moore is the second highest goalscorer from teams outside of the top six, having netted 14 goals for Cardiff this season and only Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong (19) has scored more.

 

Prediction

Bournemouth seem to have begun to find their spark again since Jason Tindall’s exit earlier this month, although Saturday’s defeat at QPR did expose defensive sloppiness which has still been an issue in recent games despite two clean sheets under Jonathan Woodgate.

Cardiff were just pure ruthless in Saturday’s dismantling of Preston to make it seven matches unbeaten and given their improved away form, this is going to be a game where Bournemouth have to be mentally switched on from the first whistle to full time if want a result.

This game therefore feels like one which could well be looked back upon at end of season as a defining game in the race for a play-off spot, but I think Cardiff will be keen to get away from the Vitaly Stadium with a point given their away hoodoo in this fixture and the Cherries will be tough opposition.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Cardiff

Result: Bournemouth 1-2 Cardiff

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