Our prediction for this Championship match:
Ipswich Town continue their battle for promotion as they welcome Cardiff City at their Portman Road in the Championship round 5 on Saturday afternoon. The Tractor Boys survived Reading in the EFL Cup round 2, with the team quickly bouncing back from a 4-3 loss to Leeds United and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Cardiff City. Since there are no fresh injury worries in Kieran McKenna’s team, home win should not be considered.
The Bluebirds, on the other hand, did well to beat Birmingham City in the EFL Cup round 64, but Ipswich will pose a much bigger threat for the Welsh outfit than their previous rivals. Even though Ipswich have not defeated Cardiff in the Championship since April 2015, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who are seen as one of the main candidates for promotion. As for the away team, Yakou Meite returns to the starting XI after he was rested in the midweek clash, while there are no fresh injury concerns.
Highlighted Player (Vaclav Hladky):
Born in Brno on November 14, 1990, Vaclav Hladky is a Czech footballer who plays for Scottish Premier League club St Mirren as a goalkeeper. Hladky spent his youth career at the likes of FC Sparta Brno, FK Sardice, and FC Zbrojovka Brno, and he continued playing for the Zbrojovka Brno reserve team at the senior level.
The 192-cm-tall shot-stopper played for the likes of MSK Breclav (loan) Sparta Brno, FK Sardice, FC Zbrojovka Brno (senior team), and Slovan Liberec before signing a contract with St Mirren. The Czech goalkeeper made his Scottish Premiership debut on January 23, 2019, in a 4-0 loss at Celtic.
Hladky played for the Czech Republic youth teams as well, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Czech Republic senior team. Vaclav Hladky wears the No. 1 shirt at St Mirren, and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff):
Cardiff City are a Welsh football club that compete in the English second tier (Championship). In 2009 they moved from Ninian Park to Cardiff City Stadium, the venue that officially holds 33,280 spectators.
The Bluebirds played their first ever Premier League match on 18 August, 2013, but they were beaten by West Ham United (0-2) on their debut in the English top flight. However, a week later Fraizer Campbell (two goals) and Aron Gunnarson helped Cardiff City record their first ever win in the Premier League.
The Bluebirds outplayed Manchester City back then, but they eventually dropped to the Championship at the end of the season. Fellow Welsh outfit Swansea City are considered Cardiff’s fiercest rivals and the two teams take on each other in the South Wales derby.
The colour of Cardiff City’s home kit is blue, whilst they wear red shirts and shorts when playing on the travels.