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Championship Predictions > Aug 19th - 21st

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The next round of Championship matches are coming up this weekend and it's a packed schedule. The highlight being the Severnside Derby between Bristol City and Cardiff. Which way will that one go? I'll attempt to get a proper grip on Cardiff's performances now we're establishing some consistency. Give us your thoughts below! :ok

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Norwich City vs Millwall FC



Norwich City

Doubtful: Sam Byram (0/0 d, probably in), Adam Idah (0/0 f, probably out), Teemu Pukki (3/0 f)

Out (injuries/other): Jacob Sorensen (3/0 m), Dimitris Giannoulis (2/0 d), Sam McCallum (2/0 d), Isaac Hayden (0/0 m), Tony Springett (0/0 f), Jonathan Rowe (0/0 f)

Suspended: -


Millwall FC

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Mason Bennett (3/0 f), Tom Bradshaw (1/0 f), Zian Flemming (1/0 f)

Suspended: -


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Bristol City vs Cardiff

The Championship steam train rolls on this weekend with little time for recovery after an intense batch of midweek games. It's the Severnside derby at 12pm BST on Sunday afternoon as Bristol City host Cardiff at Ashton Gate. Both teams have had mixed starts to the season with the home team perhaps less satisfied with their first four games than the visitors but that could all change here.

Bristol City have once again seen limited activity during the transfer window. It's unsurprising given a lot of recent funding from the owners has gone into the development of Ashton Gate. Manager Nigel Pearson has mainly relied on free transfers over the summer with the stand out arrival being former Luton defender Kal Naismith. Otherwise, the team largely remains the same as last season. The 3-4-1-2 being adopted by Pearson this season is an interesting approach but it's led to just 1 win in their opening 4 league games. The back-to-back defeats to Hull and Sunderland that opened the season were disappointing but a 1-1 draw away to Wigan and a 2-0 victory at home to Luton have turned form around. However, you could argue that those are the sort of results the Robins should be expecting to get against teams anticipated to struggle this season. City are currently in 15th place and the fans remain behind Pearson but one phrase repeatedly coming from their fan base is that Pearson still isn't quite sure on his starting XI. Some say that's a good thing in this modern era of squad rotation but others suggest this could hamper them as consistency fails to have a chance to bed in.

Cardiff will be buzzing after the hard-fought 0-0 draw away to West Brom. Yes, the Baggies may well be enduring a tough start to the season but Steve Bruce's team have played far better than their 22nd league position suggests. Steve Morison will be delighted that his side managed to come away with a point especially due to the absence of in-form centre back Cedric Kipre who was ineligible to face his parent club and then the early injury to the excellent full back Jamilu Collins. Former Bristol City player Callum O'Dowda continued his fine start in a Bluebirds shirt by filling in at left back but Morison has stated Joel Bagan will likely step into that role for this game. 2 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss has left Cardiff in 6th place this season after 4 league games. The style of play from Morison's team is now clear to see but the absence of a ruthless finisher up front is still the lingering issue. Max Watters is still dividing opinion but he's yet to score this season. The likes of Mark Harris and Kion Etete aren't exactly looking like more potent options either with Isaak Davies still ruled out through injury. This inability to finish off possession in the final third puts a lot of pressure on the defence but with 3 clean sheets from the first 4 league games they are holding up to their end of the bargain. How long can that continue though?

Derby matches are always tense affairs and this will be no different. Both teams aren't exactly adopting a Devil may care attitude to attacking the opposition. This is evident in the fact that less than 2.5 goals have been scored in 8 of the last 9 Cardiff league games and 3 of the previous 5 Bristol City home league matches. Not a lot will separate these two and even though I am tempted to back a Cardiff win I still feel it's best to consider a draw in derby games due to their unpredictability.

Draw @ 3.50 with Unibet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.90 with Bet365

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