Cardiff v Birmingham. Match preview

Last updated : 16 December 2020 By Michael Morris

Wednesday 16th December, ko 7:00pm
Live on Sky Sports Red Button


Neil Harris will be forced into making at least two chnages for tonight's game against Birmingham City. Kieffer Moore is ruled out for possibly 5 weeks with a hamstring injury while Joe Ralls is suspended after a red card in the South Wales derby on the weekend. 

"He's (Moore) been in great form for us," said Cardiff manager Neil Harris.

"He's had a scan and he has got a tear in his hamstring and will be out until the New Year. We know he is going to be missing for the next five fixtures.

"It's very unlikely he will be available for Rotherham [2 January]. If he is, brilliant but, if he's not, we're looking at the FA Cup [third round at Nottingham Forest on 9 January], followed by Norwich at home on 16 January.

"The league is the priority this season. If we can get him back before then, fantastic, if not, hopefully at home to Norwich.

"He has been pivotal to the four-game winning run we had [before losing to Swansea].

"But it becomes an opportunity for somebody else, like Robert Glatzel, who has been waiting in the wings and he has made an impact off the bench in recent weeks."

Match facts

  • Cardiff City have won five of their last seven home league matches against Birmingham (D2) since a 2-1 defeat in 2008/09.
  • Birmingham City have won two of their last 15 league matches against Cardiff (D7 L6).
  • Cardiff have lost four home league matches this season, one more than they lost in each of their last two Championship campaigns (3 in both 2017/18 and 2019/20).
  • Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka has lost his last two away Championship matches against Cardiff since leading Middlesbrough to a 1-0 win in September 2014.

Match officials:

Assistants: Mark Jones and Richard Wild
Fourth Official : Daniel Lamport