Cardiff City vs Reading Match Analysis & Prediction
17/02/2023 11:00 pm
Cardiff City and Reading go head to head in the Championship on Friday, with both teams having secured crucial victories earlier in the week.
While the hosts now sit four points off the bottom of the standings, the visitors are in mid-table and back in the hunt for the playoffs.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were able to end a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night with two goals scored against Birmingham City in the latter stages of the game at St Andrew’s.
The Bluebirds are currently locked in a battle to remain out of the bottm three, but they now sit just one point adrift of 20th-placed Rotherham United, who were beaten by Reading on the same night.
With none of the current top seven to come until April 10, there is potential for Cardiff to kick on, although they will not get ahead of themselves when facing opponents who ended their own poor run of form this week.
While Reading have exceeded expectations this season, they had gone six matches without a win heading into their home fixture against Rotherham.
Trailing at half time, Paul Ince’s side looked on course for another defeat, but goals from Andy Carroll and Tyrese Fornah secured a much-needed 2-1 victory.
Reading are now past the 40-point mark and within a couple of wins of contending for the playoffs again, something which will remain their target ahead of their trip to Cardiff.
However, the Royals will drop to within six points of their 21st-placed opponents should they lose, highlighting that Reading will not feel that they are out of relegation trouble just yet.
Cardiff City vs. Reading Head to head
In the 41 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitons, Cardiff have claimed 12 victories while Reading have won 14, and they have drawn in 15. Reading have scored 57 goals and conceded 53 in the process.
Cardiff City Team News
Having come off the bench to play a key role against Birmingham, Callum Robinson and new signing Connor Wickham will hope to feature in the starting lineup.
Joe Ralls appears to be the only other potential change if Lamouchi wishes to introduce fresh legs in midfield.
Cardiff City's Last 5 Matches
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Reading Team News
Nesta Guinness-Walker is expected to replace Baba Rahman in the Reading XI after the former Chelsea man sustained an injury against Rotherham.
Tyrese Fornah will be considered for a start in midfield after his impact against the Millers as a replacement, as will Femi Azeez who supplied an assist.
Reading's Last 5 Matches
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