Cardiff v Leeds. Match preview

Last updated : 20 June 2020 By Michael Morris

Team News

Cardiff boss Neil Harris would not disclose who was unavailable for his team's clash with Championship leaders Leeds on Sunday. The Welsh side sit ninth in the table but are only two points adrift of Preston in the final play-off place with nine matches remaining.


Harris did not want to give Marcelo Bielsa any ideas of his line-up as he kept his cards close to his chest during his pre-match press conference. Greg Cunningham returned to training on Tuesday after a lengthy knee injury so is unlikely to be risked, while Harris hinted Joe Bennett is set to start at left-back ahead of Brad Smith.

Leeds will be without midfielder Pablo Hernandez and striker Jean-Kevin Augustin for the trip to south Wales. Hernandez had a setback in preparation for the Championship's resumption and is scheduled to return to training next Wednesday.

On-loan RB Leipzig forward Augustin, who has made only three substitute appearances since joining in January, will continue "necessary" individual fitness workouts and will be absent from the squad. Midfielder Adam Forshaw is expected to miss the final nine games of the season with the hip problem which has sidelined him since September.

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  • This is the first league meeting between Cardiff and Leeds at the Cardiff City Stadium since September 2017, a 3-1 win for the Bluebirds under Neil Warnock.
  • Leeds have taken just one point from their last four league games against Cardiff (D1 L3), drawing 3-3 having been 3-0 up in the reverse fixture this season.
  • This will be the first time Cardiff have hosted Leeds for a match on a Sunday since winning 2-1 in an FA Cup tie at Ninian Park in January 2002 when Leeds were top of the Premier League.
  • Leeds have won each of their last five league games without conceding a single goal. The Whites have achieved this feat on four other previous occasions, most recently in December 2009 - they have never won six straight league games without conceding.
  • Cardiff have picked up six draws in their last eight league games on home soil (W1 D1) - no side has drawn more home games in the Championship this season (8).
  • Leeds have won more points from their last six games (16) than any other Championship team.

Match officials:

Assistants: Daniel Leach and Andrew Fox
Fourth Official : Lee Swabey