Odds: Cardiff 11/10, Draw 11/5, Preston 13/5
Kick Off: 1945, 29/12/2017
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Cardiff face a test of character when hosting Preston after back-to-back defeats against Bolton and Fulham saw them slip down to third in the Championship table.
With North End having already beaten the Bluebirds 3-0 at Deepdale this season, Neil Warnock’s side do look vulnerable on Friday night.
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Warnock admitted Cardiff were simply outplayed by Fulham when going down 4-2 on Boxing Day to suffer a first home defeat in the Championship this term.
However, the manager stayed upbeat, stating: “Overall, I thought they were better than us, but it says a lot about us as a team that we kept going. I can’t fault them.”
Prior to that setback, the Bluebirds had won four straight games at this venue in an overall league record of eight victories and three draws in front of their own fans.
A Look At Preston North End’s Betting Odds
Preston have recovered well from a four-game losing run to record four wins and the same number of draws from their last eight matches.
The Lilywhites created the better chances in a goalless stalemate at Barnsley on Tuesday, with Jordan Hugill hitting the post and having another shot turned over the bar.
Alex Neil admitted his side “need to add more goals” to their game, but ninth spot, just four points off the play-off positions, is a solid slot with just over half of the season gone.
CARDIFF 2-4 Fulham – Kenneth Zohore, Callum Paterson
Barnsley 0-0 PRESTON
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