Cardiff City v Bristol City. Match preview

By Michael Morris
Last updated : 25 February 2018

Cardiff skipper Sean Morrison is in a race against time to make Sunday's Severnside derby with Bristol City.

Morrison was forced off during the first half of Wednesday's 1-0 win at Ipswich, but a scan has revealed no serious damage, and Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock believes the centre-half has an outside chance of playing. Callum Paterson (ankle) will also be assessed ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash.


Cardiff are short of full-backs with Armand Traore (thigh) joining Lee Peltier and Jazz Richards on the sidelines, so Joe Bennett's possible return after illness would be more than welcome.

Bristol City will hand a late fitness test to defender Hordur Magnusson. The Iceland international came off with a knock to his hamstring in Wednesday's 1-1 home draw with Fulham, and Joe Bryan stands by to replace him after dropping down to the bench in midweek.

Marlon Pack completes a two-game ban, but Milan Djuric (groin) and Eros Pisano (hamstring) have resumed full training and could be added to the squad. But Matty Taylor (hernia), Callum O'Dowda (ankle), Jens Hegeler (knee) and Gary O'Neil (knee) remain absent.

Opta stats

Cardiff have won eight of their last 10 home matches against the Robins in all competitions, drawing the other two.

Bristol City haven't completed a league double over the Bluebirds since the 2002/03 season.

Since losing four successive league games during the festive period, Cardiff have picked up 17 points of a possible 21 (W5 D2).

Bristol City have won just one of their last nine league games (D4 L4), although they've managed to remain in the play-off places during this period.

Cardiff defender Sean Morrison has found the net in three of his last five league appearances including each of his last two outings at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Bobby Reid has found the net in each of his last two league games; he hasn't scored in three successive appearances since netting four in the first three league games of the season.

Match officials

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

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