Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Ipswich v Cardiff City-Match Preview

Ipswich v Cardiff City-Match Preview

Cardiff City travel to Ipswich tomorrow a mere 72 hours after their FA Cup semi-final triumph over Barnsley.


It will be a tough contest for City after a gruelling encounter on a huge Wembley surface, most of the players looked shattered by the end and whilst there is normally no training the day after the match - yesterday will have seen the squad return weary and exhausted.


Add to that the opposition, who are 4 points above Cardiff City and in good position for a play-off spot and the game is not appealing from a Cardiff point of view. Indeed Ipswich Town only remain in the play-off hunt thanks to their superb home form, of course tonights game is a 5 hour coach drive to Portman Road.



Ipswich Town lead the Championship on home form alone, and have lost just once on their own turf this season. The Tractor Boys have a good squad with a good blend of youth and experience. Jason De Vos leads the defence well while forwards Counago, Walters and youngster Danny Haynes are all good strikers at this level.


Former Cardiff City man Alan Lee is likely to feature against his former club. Lee never fulfilled his potential with the Bluebirds but has flourished with Ipswich scoring regularly until hitting a dry spell of late. Former Cardiff City goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is also expected to start for ITFC.


The Tractor Boys have not been in the best of form recently, a goalless draw against QPR was followed by a hugely disappointing defeat to Colchester United. Back-to-back wins over Scunthorpe United and Charlton Athletic had helped their casue but a 4-1 defeat to relegation Barnsley shows the unpredictability and inconsistency of Ipswich Town.





Cardiff City will be tired and bruised for the encounter, but in good form. We have only conceeded 2 goals in the previous 8 games, a testament to the defence and Peter Enckelman.


In the league, back-to-back wins against Bristol City and Southampton were followed by a creditable draw against promotion chasing West Brom. The play-off hopes remain alive but the Bluebirds would have to win virtually all their remaining games and realistically need to beat rivals Ipswich tonight.


Dave Jones may decide to rest several of his first teamers with Aaron Ramsey, Riccy Scimeca, Steve Thompson those most likely to step in.



This is an important game for both sides, Cardiff are in the better form but will be tired and Ipswich's home form is nothing short of intimidating. With Paul Parry likely to be out, Cardiff will again be missing their outlet and top scorer. Vital Cardiff sees this ending in a 1-1 draw, probably not enough to keep the play-off hopes alive.





Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Tuesday April 8 2008
Time: 11:28AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Video - Cardiff 2-2 Fulham

Having come from a goal down to lead Cardiff were denied a fourth straight win by Fulham in a 2-2 draw. A Bluebirds victory would have seen us close in on a top 10 place.

Vital View - Championship, 24th-26th February 2017

Brighton winning and Newcastle drawing saw Albion return to the top of the table. Huddersfield couldn't close the gap though. Wigan, Blackburn & Rotherham are still the bottom three.

Stats: Cardiff v Fulham

All the stats from Cardiff (2) vs (2) Fulham, Cardiff City Stadium, 25/2/17 Att: 15,656

Cardiff v Fulham - Team Sheets

Cardiff are at the Cardiff City Stadium with Fulham the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
McGregor0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba0%
Richards0%
Noone0%
Gunnarsson0%
Ralls0%
K Harris0%
Hoilett0%
Zohore100%
Sub - John0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Norwich 34 15 7 12 52 11
9 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 34 10 12 12 42 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football