Cardiff returned to the field after a three-month-long break in the best possible way, as they recorded two wins in a row now. Last Saturday afternoon they defeated Preston with a 1:3 result playing away from home.
The first part was quite dynamic, unfortunately without goals, where both teams had their chances. The second half was more interesting, in football terms, as we have witnessed four goals being scored. Guests took the first lead over Ralls in the 69th minute, but the hosts equalized only a few minutes later via Johnson.
There were opportunities on both sides towards the end, but Cardiff looked better at the end of an attack and scored two more times via Mendez-Laing and Glatzel. They are now at playoff leading sixth place, but several teams are in the race for that spot, so three points in this match would surely be helpful.
Forward Vassell (2/1) is still out injured, with midfielder Murphy (23/3) being out due to injury too.
Charlton also had a great start with two wins behind them. In the last match, they did just enough to record a home win against QPR narrowly 1:0.
Guests controlled the ball most of the time, but the hosts were the ones to be more dangerous and concrete in the offense. The only goal in this encounter was seen at the beginning, more precisely in the 12th minute when Pratley scored.
The second part was nearly identical as the first, as guests continued to control the game and the hosts trying to threaten them via counter-attacks, unfortunately with no goals.
Charlton with these two wins moved away from the red zone, but with only three points above it, the danger is still present.
Forward Leko (21/5) is long-term absentee for the guests already.
Most things in favor of hosts
With both teams having two matches winning streak, they are surely entering this one well-motivated and with confidence. However, hosts look more effective in the attack and definitely have bigger individual qualities. Cardiff should prevail in this one easy or difficult.