EFL Championship: Game Week 40
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
7th April 2023
On the forthcoming Friday, Bloomfield Road will be the venue for the confrontation between Blackpool and Cardiff, with the home team, Blackpool, extending a warm welcome to their opponents.Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
The recent deduction of six points from Reading has provided Blackpool with a considerable advantage in their bid to avoid relegation from the Championship. This development has resulted in the Seasiders now being only five points behind the 20th spot, thereby enhancing their prospects of securing their position in the league.
It is worth noting that despite the advantage, Mick McCarthy, the manager of Blackpool, is fully cognizant of the fact that his team must prioritize their own performance. This is due to the recent slump in form that has seen the Seasiders succumb to defeat in five out of their last seven fixtures in the second tier.
Despite the challenge, Blackpool's upcoming schedule presents them with a valuable opportunity to make headway in their bid to avoid relegation to League One. Specifically, they are scheduled to play three teams ranked at or below 16th place within their next five outings.
Moreover, it is worth highlighting that prior to their recent defeat to Coventry on March 18th, the Tangerines had been on an impressive undefeated streak of six matches on their home turf.
Blackpool’s possible lineup
Maxwell; Lyons, Nelson, Husband, Thompson; Dougall, Connolly, Patino; Bowler, Yates, Rogers.
Cardiff City’s Form
It is worth noting that Cardiff had exhibited an upward trend in their performance, having secured nine points from a possible twelve in recent matches. This positive turn of events had seemingly propelled Sabri Lamouchi's team out of trouble in the league standings.
However, despite the points deduction of Reading, Cardiff's prospects have once again been thrown into jeopardy due to their recent dip in form. The team has managed to secure only a solitary point from their last three fixtures, thereby placing them in a precarious position in the league.
Cardiff's recent encounter with their rivals, Swansea City, on April 1st was shaping up to be another morale-boosting performance for the team. After overcoming a two-goal deficit, they managed to level the scores heading into added-on time. However, their aspirations were shattered when Swansea managed to score a late winner in the 98th minute of the match.
As such, it remains to be seen whether the Welsh outfit can muster an immediate response in their forthcoming fixture, which holds great importance for their league standing.
Cardiff’s Possible Lineup
Allsop; Ng, Kipre, McGuinness; Philogene, Rinomhota, Wintle, Sawyers, Ralls; Wickham, Kaba.
Blackpool vs Cardiff expert tips
Given the recent loss of momentum experienced by both teams, the forthcoming match has the potential to be a closely contested and tense affair. While it is expected that Blackpool's manager, Mick McCarthy, will urge his side to take the initiative against one of his former clubs, we anticipate that Cardiff will display sufficient resilience to secure a win in this game. Expect less than 2.5 goals on the venue.