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Preview: Cardiff City v Birmingham City

Cardiff City can make it six straight wins for the first time since the 2000/2001 season with victory over Birmingham City at the Cardiff City Stadium today (3pm kick-off).

Second in the table Cardiff can close the gap on league leaders Wolves to just three points with a win over 22nd in the table Birmingham.

Since the Bluebirds Christmas period slump in which they lost four consecutive matches, they’ve picked up 20 points from a possible 24 and have conceded just three goals in that time.

Neil Warnock’s side come into the game on the back of a narrow 2-1 win over Barnsley on Tuesday night as goals from Callum Paterson and January loan-signing Marko Grulic gave the Bluebirds all three points.

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Tuesday night also saw Garry Monk’s first game in charge of Birmingham end in defeat as the Blues lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough at St Andrews. 

A solitary goal from Patrick Bamford saw Middlesbrough head back to tee-side with all three points.

The result saw the Blues fall into the relegation zone and make it seven straight defeats in all competitions.

Birmingham also haven’t won in the Welsh capital since they came away 2-1 winners at Ninian Park in 2008.

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Championship manager of the month Neil Warnock will be without a host of first-team players for the visit of relegation-threatened Birmingham.

Jazz Richards (ankle), Armand Traore (thigh), Aron Gunnarsson (ankle), Jamie Ward (groin) and Gary Madine (groin) are all struggling.

Striker Danny Ward remains side-lined for the rest of the season whilst midfielder Joe Ralls is out for the rest of the month with a knee injury.

Captain Sean Morrison is a doubt as he recovers from a groin injury and fellow defender Matthew Connolly remains a doubt.

Whilst Birmingham could have David Davis available as they look to end their losing run. The midfielder has been side-lined since injuring his knee during the defeat to Aston Villa almost a month ago.

Davis is also just one caution away from a two-match ban while Isaac Vassell (knee) and Jonathan Grounds (medial ligament) remain side-lined.

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Cardiff are unbeaten in five home league matches against Birmingham (W3 D2) since a 2-1 defeat in September 2008.

Neither side has scored more than twice in a league fixture between the teams in any of the last 24 meetings, since a 3-0 win for Birmingham in December 1971.

Cardiff have won seven and drawn one of their eight home Championship matches against sides currently occupying the bottom half of the table.

Birmingham last endured a longer losing run in all competitions (currently seven) in February 1979, when they lost nine in a row.

Neil Warnock has failed to win any of his last seven league matches against Birmingham (D3 L4), last claiming victory in November 2001 as Sheffield United manager.

Garry Monk’s first game as a manager, for Swansea City in February 2014, was against Cardiff City – and his side won 3-0. But he has not beaten Warnock as a manager in three attempts, with his three different clubs.

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The reverse fixture saw Birmingham beat Cardiff 1-0 at St Andrews in what was former boss Steve Cotterill’s first match in charge.

A first-half goal from Che Adams was the difference between the two sides as Cardiff succumbed to just their second defeat of the season.

WATCH: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff City – 13th October 2017: Sky Bet Championship.

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