The Severn Bridge Derby is approaching upon us, and boy, it has plenty at stake. Lee Johnson’s Bristol City are the visitors to the CCS on this coming Sunday – with a 12 o’clock kick off. The Bluebirds are flying high, while The Robins are stuttering in the sky. However, there is more to it than just bitter rivalry and hatred between two sets of supporters, as this game has the makings of a mouth-watering prospect and is an incredibly important fixture for both teams.
As we are all fully aware, Neil Warnock’s side come into this one on the back of three straight victories, after putting Bolton, Middlesbrough and Ipswich to the sword. Confidence will be sky high in the Cardiff camp, as a 4 point gap has now been created between themselves and third placed Aston Villa. On the contrary, Bristol City are on a poor run of late. Since being knocked out of the League Cup at the semi-final stage at the hands of Manchester City, they have only picked up 6 points out of a possible 15. They have won once, lost once, and drawn three times during this 5 game run. A more worrying statistic for Bristol City fans is that they have only won two out of their last 10 league games. On February 10th, they let a 3-0 lead slip at home to struggling Sunderland, and following on from that, they only managed to pick up a point at Leeds United after being 2 goals to the good. Leeds were unfortunate not to pick up maximum points after hitting the cross bar at the death. Although, let’s not forget that on derby day, form and confidence can sometimes count for nothing, as two men at the opposite end of their managerial careers go head-to-head once more.Embed from Getty Images
This fixture is much more than the bragging rights, as both sides have their sights firmly set on promotion come the end of the season. Cardiff, currently in second place on 64 points, while the visitors, Bristol City, just about sit in the play off places in 6th place, with a total 54 points. The Bluebirds will be hoping to create a bigger gap between themselves and third, and potentially close the gap with first place Wolves. While Bristol City will be looking to strengthen their position within the play off picture. Due to the Sunday kick off, the away side could be outside the top 6 before this fixture even begins.Embed from Getty Images
The Bluebirds could face the possibility of being without skipper, Sean Morrison, due to a reoccurring groin injury. The towering centre-half has been an ever present under Neil Warnock, and will be greatly missed if unable to play. During Morrison’s last spell on the sidelines around Christmas time, the Bluebirds back line shipped a fair few goals and suffered a dip in form. Losing 4 on the bounce, which coincided with the first two home losses of the current league campaign. Bluebirds fans, like myself, will be desperately hoping the former Reading-man is fit to play. On a brighter note, Craig Bryson returned to the first team picture in mid-week against Ipswich. The Scottish midfielder, on loan from promotion rivals Derby County, played the final few minutes in our ever so important 1-0 victory over Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys. Joe Bennett should be okay to play, after only missing out last time around due to illness. It is unknown whether Callum Paterson and Armond Traore will be back in time for this one, having both also missed Wednesday night’s action at Portman Road.
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets, and let’s get the CCS rocking for this one. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity/ or by calling 0845 345 1400. Come on you boys in Blue!