Date and Time: Tuesday 12th September (19:45)
Referee: Oliver Langford
Cardiff City will be hoping to continue their unbeaten record in the Sky Bet Championship when travelling to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Tuesday evening.
Warnock’s men will be hoping to build on their 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage after Liam Feeney crossed for Danny Ward to head home his first goal for the Bluebirds.
However, the Bluebirds will face a tough task at Preston in midweek, with the Lilywhites conceding the least amount of goals in the Championship so far – conceding just two goals, alongside Leeds United, who have also let in just two goals so far this season.
However, the problem for Alex Neil’s side has been goals and Preston have scored just three times in six Championship encounters, alongside 21st placed Birmingham City, who have also found the net three times.
The Bluebirds on the other hand have scored the second highest amount of goals in the league so far this season, netting on 11 occasions. Leeds United and Hull City are the only sides who have scored more than Warnock’s side – both teams scoring on a total of 12 occasions in six games.
If Cardiff could have beaten Fulham on Saturday, they would have won six games on the bonce for the first time since the 2000/2001 season, but it wasn’t to be. Cardiff, though, did show excellent fighting spirit after going a goal down at Craven Cottage.
And although brining on Liam Feeney and Danny Ward for Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore would have raised a few eyebrows, it proved to be the difference as the two combined for the equaliser.
Cardiff City will now turn their attention to Preston North End in the hope of maintaining their unbeaten start to the Championship season when travelling to Deepdale.
The Lilywhites brought in Alex Neil in the summer after Simon Grayson moved to Sunderland and overall the Scotsman has so far done well at the Preston helm. His record so far stands at two wins, three draws and just the one loss to Gary Rowett’s Derby County.
In the previous five meetings between these two sides, the Bluebirds have prevailed on three occasions, one which included the 2-0 win on transfer deadline day when Dane star Kenneth Zohore scored a sensational individual goal.
However, in the last nine meetings at Deepdale, the Lilywhites have won six of them.
One game which Cardiff City fans won’t want to be reminded of is the game at Deepdale where Preston thrashed Dave Jones’ side 6-0 in 2009, which all but ended the Bluebirds chances of obtaining a play-off spot.
The clash between the two sides will be expected to be a lot closer, however but something has got to give with the hosts having the best defence in the Championship and the Bluebirds having the second most potent attack in the league.
With four hard clashes coming up against Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Leeds United and Derby County to come, its vital that the Bluebirds keep getting points on the board, even at this early stage of the season.
The Bluebirds have had little success at Deepdale in recent times, their last win coming in 2011 in a 1-0 win over the Lilywhites and with the hosts having a shrewd defence, one goal may well separate the two sides this evening.
Preston full-back Greg Gunningham will miss out again as he continues to recover from an operation on his knee. Other than that Neil’s side should be fully fit – summer signing Sean Maguire may start again after scoring his first goal for the Lilywhites on Saturday against Barnsley.
The Bluebirds on the other hand may hand a first start to Danny Ward after he scored his first goal for Warnock’s side in replace of Danish striker Kenneth Zohore. Craig Bryson may also make his first start for the club after impressing against Fulham on Saturday.