Our prediction for this Championship match:
Cardiff City and Preston face each other at Cardiff City Stadium in what is expected to be a close Championship encounter. The Bluebirds have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Derby and QPR in the previous two league fixtures, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Matchday 37. Isaak Davies is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while all Max Watters, Curtis Nelson, and Sean Morrison are out of contention with injuries.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, did remarkably well to beat second-place Bournemouth at the weekend, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run. Anyhow, Cardiff City and Preston seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s clash. As for the visitors, all Bauer, Barkhuizen, Cunningham, Wickham, and Brown miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Leandro Bacuna):
Despite being born in Netherlands Leandro Bacuna decided to represent Curacao on international stage. The powerful midfielder, who parents are of Curacaoan descent, is a product of Groningen youth school and it has to be noted that he scored 14 goals in 109 appearances for the first team.
After ending his spell with Groningen, Leandro Bacuna joined Aston Villa in 2013 and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. The Curacao international scored his first Premier League goal in September, 2013 against Manchester City, but seeing that Aston Villa coaches often used him as a full back he was not impressive in front of goal in previous seasons.
Leandro Bacuna was born in Groningen on August 21, 1991 and it has to be noted that he received his first call-up for the Curacao national football team 25 years later, in March 2016. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in San Salvador, with Bacuna picking up a yellow card in the 54th minute of the game.
Highlighted Team (Preston):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later.
In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division).
Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool.
Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.