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Bristol City vs Cardiff predictions: Home advantage could be crucial
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Liam Manning will want to see an improvement on defeats for Bristol City in their last two games.
Liam Manning will want to see an improvement on defeats for Bristol City in their last two games.

- The home team has won the last four games between these sides
- Cardiff have lost four of their last five away games
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Consistency has been a major issue for both Bristol City and Cardiff City this season, with the pair separated by just four points in the middle of the second tier.

The Bluebirds took home the bragging rights when these two sides met earlier in the season, but the Robins will be buoyed by their rivals’ poor away record when these teams meet in the reverse fixture.

Team news

Former Bristol City winger Callum O'Dowda could return from a long-term issue to feature for Cardiff, while fellow former Robin Famara Diedhiou could also play a part for the away team.

Jak Alnwick, Karlan Grant and Kion Etete are all doubts for the Bluebirds, while Callum Robinson and Aaron Ramsey are both set to miss out for the visitors.

For Bristol City, Sam Bell, Ayman Benarous, Kal Naismith and Rob Atkinson are all long-term absentees.

Scott Twine remains a doubt for the home side and may only be fit for a spot on the bench.

The stats

Although home advantage looks key in this match-up, the hosts have won the last four Severnside derbies, so do not expect a high-scoring matchup either way.

Eight of the last ten head-to-heads have seen under 2.5 goals and both teams to score has only landed in two of the last ten meetings between this pair.

Four of Cardiff’s last six games have also produced fewer than three goals, so a cagey derby clash is to be expected.

Prediction

A late run to the play-offs looks unlikely for either Bristol City or Cardiff as they struggle with consistency this season, but if either of them are to kickstart a charge up the table, they will have to win this game.

The Robins have been steady if unspectacular recently, losing just three of their last 10 games in all competitions, although they will be hoping to bounce back from successive defeats.

They will not need much motivation to get up for this derby though and could be playing Cardiff at the perfect time.

The Bluebirds have lost four of their last five away games and with home advantage tending to be a big factor in this clash, the hosts have won the last four head-to-heads, Bristol City are fancied to come out on top.

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