After securing promotion on Tuesday evening, City have the chance to establish themselves as the division’s Champions this Saturday lunch-time when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Clarets currently lie in seventeenth position in the Championship table and just three points above the drop zone. They have mustered just eight wins out of their twenty-one home games so far this season, losing on six occasions.
The one thing on their side going into the final games is that they have the best goal difference out of the bottom nine teams in the division. This could be vital with only three games remaining and there only being seven points separating teams from ninth all the way to twenty-second position.
Burnley’s form has dropped at a crucial time in the season as they now find themselves in twenty-first spot in the form tables. They have only managed just the one win in their last eight games and have picked up just five points from their last five home fixtures.
Key Players: There is one player that will spring to most minds when thinking of Burnley and that player is Charlie Austin. He has scored twenty-eight goals in all competitions and has scored nearly half of his team’s league goals this season by himself. But City fans will not have to worry about the Clarets’ leading scorer on Saturday as he has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery to remove his appendix.
The strikers now entrusted with the daunting task of filling Austin’s shoes come in the shape of Martin Paterson and Sam Vokes. The two have only scored ten goals between them this term, but will have an important role to play if the Lancashire side are to keep hold of their Championship status. The man who will be trying to keep Cardiff goalless for the second game in succession meanwhile will be Lee Grant. Grant has already gained eleven clean sheets at a rate of just over one in every four games.
Pulling the strings in midfield on Saturday will be Grant McCann – Burnley’s third top scorer this season who has featured in thirty-eight league fixtures. Cardiff will have to be wary of Ross Wallace and Dean Marney, both having been integral to Sean Dyche’s team this year.
Previous Meetings: Cardiff have had the upper hand over Burnley since their first meeting back in 1922, having won thirty games compared to the home side’s twenty-seven. There have also been twenty-three draws.
Cardiff are unbeaten against this weekend’s opponents in their last ten outings recording four wins and six draws during that spell. The last time City lost at Turf Moor was a 2-0 defeat back in 2007.
Last Meeting: Cardiff City 4–0 Burnley (27/10/2012)
City ran out four goal victors in a comprehensive victory over Burnley, in what was their seventh successive home win of the campaign. Cardiff dominated from the outset and were rarely troubled, indeed it only took three minutes for Joe Mason to open the scoring with Craig Noone adding a second before half time. Goals in the last ten minutes from Matt Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson rounded off an impressive afternoon for the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City Line-up v Burnley: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Kim (Gunnarsson), Noone (Frei), Mason, Helguson (Gestede). Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Kiss, Conway.
Burnley Line-up: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills, McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Vokes), Stock (Stewart), Paterson (Ings), Austin. Subs not used: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, O’Neill.