Cardiff City v Leeds Utd - MATCH THREAD
16 Jun 2020 07:15 pm, by Ellandback1
Cardiff City v Leeds Utd
Sunday 21st June 2020 12:00 | Cardiff City Stadium
Top of the table Leeds make the four hour journey to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday hoping to stretch their seven point lead over third place Fulham. However, the Bluebirds have promotion aspirations of their own. If they beat the Whites, and other games go their way, they could fly to the last play off space. Leeds have occupied the top perch for 101 days, since dispatching Hudddersfield Town 2-0 at Elland Road, back on March 7th.
Kiko Casilla is serving an eight game suspension, and won't be available for selection until the final game of the season against Charlton. Jean-Kevin Augustin's recurrence of his hamstring injury has all but ruled him out of the final nine games. Adam Forshaw is back in light training, but not expected to be match fit until after the season has been concluded. Finally, there is mystery surrounding Pablo Hernandez's availability. Social media is rife with reports that the 35yo has pulled his hamstring. We await official word.
Cardiff City Manager Neil Harris has his injury concerns too. Greg Cunningham is still recovering from his ACL injury sustained whilst on loan during the first part of the season whilst Welsh International Jazz Richards has suffered a fresh injury blow that will keep the right back sidelined for a few weeks. There is better news for Lee Tomlin and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Both have responded well to treatment, and look set to face the Whites on Sunday.looked set to miss the rest of the campaign when they suffered their respective injuries.
Other games of significance
The Championship kicks off on Saturday at 12.30 with third place Fulham entertaining 4th place Brentford. A win for the Cottagers would bring them within four points of Leeds. The Bee's are a further four points behind Scott Parker's men. Many pundits are reporting that Brentford posses a greater threat to Leeds than Fulham.
Second place West Brom host Birmingham. Though local derbies can be unpredictable, you have to fancy the Baggies here. Blues Manager Pep Clotet has handed in his notice at St Andrews but will see out the season. They are eight points and 5 places above the drop zone.
Charlton travel to Hull for a massive 6 pointer. A lot will depend on whether Lee Bowyer can rally his troops. Hull have not won a game since early January, conceding 30 goals this year alone. Nottingham Forest face a tricky tie at Hillsborough, whilst Preston make the 200 mile trip to Luton.