Bristol, on the other hand, are just three points off the automatic promotion places and will be hoping to keep the pressure on the clutch of teams above them in the league standings.
Cardiff were tipped as one of the favourites to challenge for an immediate return to the top flight after their relegation last season but have underperformed by that marker.
The Bluebirds have failed to record consecutive victories at any point this season and have been plagued by inconsistency.
Additionally, their once-reliable defence has lost its solidity this term and is the joint-third worst of any team outside the relegation zone in the Championship.
They did triumph in a 4-2 thriller over Birmingham City last time out, however - a result that put an end to a four-game winless run.
Bristol City, on the other hand, have overcome a slightly shaky start in which they were beaten 3-1 by Leeds United to put together a steady run of form.
The Robins have lost just once in the Championship since that opening-day defeat and find themselves in a playoff place and just three points off an automatic promotion spot.
Cardiff City form: WLDDLW
Bristol City form: DWLWDD
The Bluebirds have re-signed left-back Armand Traore to provide greater squad depth, but this game may come too soon for the left-back.
Bristol boss Johnson is not faring much better, with their own captain Josh Brownhill unavailable due to a back problem suffered against Barnsley.
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Etheridge; Peltier, Nelson, Flint, Bennett; Bacuna, Pack, Paterson; Mendez-Laing, Bogle, Hoilett
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Kalas, Williams, Moore; Pereira, Palmer, Massengo, O'Dowda, Rowe; Watkins, Weimann
We say: Cardiff City 1-1 Bristol City
Both sides have a number of players missing and are good going forward without being tight defensively. Given the rivalry between the two, neither is likely to give an inch and a fiery score draw could be the result.
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