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Preview: Watford vs. Cardiff City

Preview: Watford vs. Cardiff
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship encounter between Watford and Cardiff City at Vicarage Road.

Watford could reduce Cardiff City's lead at the top of the Championship table to five points on Saturday if they beat the Welsh side at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets are just one point behind second-placed Hull City following their 1-0 win at the KC Stadium on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a victory for Cardiff would give Malky Mackay's team a significant boost in the race for automatic promotion.

Fitz Hall, Tommie Hoban and Nyron Nosworthy all remain sidelined for the hosts, while Manuel Almunia is expected to face a late fitness test.

Mark Hudson, Frazier Campbell and Nicky Maynard are all missing for Cardiff, who are likely to partner Heidar Helguson with Craig Bellamy in attack.

Recent form:

Watford: DWLLDW

Cardiff: LDDWLW

Possible lineups

Watford: Bond; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Abdi, Battocchio, Chalobah, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney

Cardiff: Marshall; Connolly, Barnett, Turner, Taylor; Kim, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Conway; Helguson, Bellamy

Sports Mole says: 1-1


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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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