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Preview: Cardiff City vs. Queens Park Rangers - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Cardiff City take on Queens Park Rangers in the Championship on Wednesday evening aiming to end a five-match losing streak in all competitions.

The Bluebirds may be without a point in over a month but they are still five points better off than QPR, who find themselves in relegation danger.


Match preview

Cardiff manager Neil Harris pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Cardiff's losing streak continued at the weekend with a 2-1 reverse at home to league leaders Norwich City.

The damage was done in the first quarter of the game as Grant Hanley and Todd Cantwell put Norwich two goals ahead, before Joe Ralls's consolation strike in the second half.

Neil Harris is now clinging onto his job following a run of six defeats in seven in all competitions, five of those losses coming in the Championship.

Despite the growing pressure, though, owner Vincent Tan has backed Harris with a new striker in Max Watters, with up to three more new players set to follow this month.

The hope for Cardiff is that it is still not too late to mount a charge for the playoffs, but if that is to happen they need to start making up the 11-point deficit on sixth place.

Queens Park Rangers QPR manager Mark Warburton pictured in December 2020© Reuters

The immediate aim for QPR, meanwhile, is to simply climb away from the bottom three. Mark Warburton's men head into the midweek games five points above the dropzone.

The Rs picked up a much-needed win last time out, seeing off mid-table Luton Town 2-0 through goals from returning striker Charlie Austin and Macauley Bonne.

Following the postponement of their weekend clash with Wycombe Wanderers, who have been heavily hit by coronavirus cases, Warburton's men have had a full week's rest.

On the back of their win over Luton, QPR are now out to win successive away league games for the first time since September 2019.

However, they have lost on their last two visits to the Cardiff City Stadium, while the home side has won this fixture in each of their last six league meetings.

Cardiff City Championship form: LWLLLL
Cardiff City form (all competitions): WLLLLL

Queens Park Rangers Championship form: LDDLDW
Queens Park Rangers form (all competitions): DDLDLW


Team News

Cardiff City's Harry Wilson celebrates scoring against Bournemouth in the Championship on October 21, 2020© Reuters

New signing Watters may go straight into Cardiff's starting lineup, though Kieffer Moore made his injury return from the bench last time out and is another option.

There is also the possibility of playing the two together, with Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo the most likely options out wide.

Marlon Pack was sent off against Norwich and will therefore miss this game, while captain Sean Morrison, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Lee Tomlin are all injured. Sol Bamba misses out for health reasons.

As for the visitors, Bright Osayi-Samuel is eligible to play despite signing a pre-contract agreement with Fenerbahce last week.

Austin seems certain to lead the line, the striker having marked his second debut for the club with an important goal against Luton last time out.

Warburton may opt to stick with largely the same XI with a week's rest between games, though Albert Adomah is among those pushing for a recall.

Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Bacuna, Bennett, Nelson, Bagan; Wilson, Vaulks, Ralls, Ojo; Watters, Moore

Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Kane, Barbet, Dickie, Hamalainen; Cameron, Ball; Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Adomah; Austin


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We say: Cardiff City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Cardiff have been in terrible form of late and are running out of time to turn things around. QPR returned to winning ways last time out, but they are five points worse off than their opponents.

Boosted by some transfer activity this week, we are backing the Bluebirds to make it three home league wins in a row against Rangers on Wednesday night.


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How you voted: Cardiff vs QPR

Cardiff City
53.8%
Draw
25.0%
Queens Park Rangers
21.3%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
2Brentford32179659342560
3Watford32179643232060
4Swansea CitySwansea30178538191959
5Reading32156114437751
6Cardiff CityCardiff321471148341449
7Bournemouth321310946321449
8Barnsley31146113635148
9Middlesbrough32137123734346
10Stoke CityStoke32111293735245
11Millwall3291673128343
12Bristol City32133163243-1142
13Queens Park RangersQPR301010103034-440
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest331010132832-440
15Preston North EndPreston32124163442-840
16Blackburn RoversBlackburn31116144537839
17Derby CountyDerby32108142533-838
18Luton TownLuton31108132435-1138
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield32106163847-936
20Coventry CityCoventry32810142943-1434
21Birmingham CityBirmingham32710152340-1731
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3085173341-829
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3197152135-1428
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823

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