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              Cardiff City vs Leicester City Preview, Tips & Stats

              Cardiff City host Leicester City at the Cardiff City Stadium this Friday in a big weekend of festive Championship football. Leicester are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win, whereas Cardiff will be aiming to climb further into the top half of the table.

              Cardiff City currently sit 11th in the Championship after 24 games. The Bluebirds have ten wins, four draws and ten losses, leaving them on 34 points, only two points from the last Play-off place.

              In their last five games in all competitions, Cardiff have two wins, one draw and two losses.

              Dimitrios Goutas left it late to grab the only goal of the game for Cardiff in a 1 - 0 win over Millwall. However, next time out, Cardiff were on the receiving end of the 1 - 0 loss. Juninho Bacuna gave Birmingham the 1 - 0 win in the added time of the first half, as Cardiff couldn't convert any of their 11 shots to a goal.

              The clash with Hull City saw Cardiff only able to register one shot on target as Aaron Connolly, Scott Twine and Ozan Tufan all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Hull. Anthony Musaba opened the scoring for Sheffield Wednesday in the first half, but a goal from Karlan Grant and an own goal from Akin Famewo gave Cardiff the 2 - 1 win.

              The last time out for Cardiff was against Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day. Morgan Whittaker gave Plymouth an early lead, but an own goal from Matt Butcher drew Cardiff level before halftime. Karlan Grant then gave Cardiff the lead right after halftime, but another goal from Whittaker meant the game finished 2 - 2.

              Leicester, on the other hand, currently sit top of the Championship. In 24 games, The Foxes have 19 wins, two draws and three losses which leaves them on 59 points, six points above second-place Ipswich Town.

              In their last five games in all competitions, Leicester have four wins and one draw.

              A brace from Stephy Mavididi and goals from Patson Daka and Wilfred Ndidi gave Leicester the 4 - 0 win over Plymouth Argyle, despite only having two more shots on target than Plymouth. Tom Bradshaw opened the scoring for Millwall in the tenth minute, giving Millwall the 1 - 0 lead at halftime. However, Jannik Vestergaard, Daka and Ricardo Pereira all scored in the second half, meaning Kevin Nisbet’s 93rd minute goal was null and void and Leicester grabbed the 3 - 2 win.

              Another 3 - 2 win came Leicester’s way, this time against Birmingham. Mavididi grabbed yet another brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall as Leicester won 3 - 2, with Jordan James grabbing a brace for Birmingham. This time Daka picked up a brace and was joined in scoring by Cesare Casadei as Leicester beat Rotherham 3 - 0.

              The most recent outing for Leicester was against Ipswich Town on Boxing Day. Mavididi scored once again for Leicester to give them the lead, but an own goal from Vestergaard in the 93rd minute meant the game finished 1 - 1.

              Cardiff and Leicester have met 74 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1920. Not much separates the two sides in this fixture, with Bristol City having 24 wins and Leicester having 25 wins, with the other 14 games ending in a draw.

              Cardiff City Team News

              Erol Bulut still has injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Callum O’Dowda to manage coming into this weekend.

              Leicester City Team News

              Enzo Maresca is still without Jamie Vardy, Kasey McAteer and Marc Albrighton this weekend. But, Callum Doyle may be able to return this weekend.