Cardiff City welcome Rotherham to the Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday in another big weekend in the Championship. The Blue Birds have had a strong start to the season, whereas The Millers will be looking to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.
Cardiff currently sit seventh in the Championship after eight games. With four wins, one draw and three losses, The Blue Birds have 13 points, leaving them outside of the Play-off places by virtue of goal difference.
In their last five games in all competitions, Cardiff have three wins and two losses. Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ralls gave Cardiff a 2 - 0 lead, but it didn’t last long. Nathan Broadhead scored just minutes after Ralls and a double from Freddie Ladapo gave Ipswich the 3 - 2 win. However, Cardiff bounced back against Swansea. A goal from Ollie Tanner and a penalty from Ramsey gave Cardiff the 2 - 0 win.
Dimitrios Goutas opened the scoring against Coventry in the eighth minute, but Matt Godden equalised before halftime. Karlan Grant and Kion Etete put Cardiff back in the lead, making Godden’s second goal not enough to get a point as Cardiff won 3 - 2. Despite Sunderland having 66% of the possession and six shots on target in comparison to Cardiff’s two shots on target, Mark McGuinness scored the only goal late on for the 1 - 0 win.
Cardiff travelled to Blackburn for the Third round of the League Cup this Wednesday. Callum Robinson and Etete were both on the scoresheet, but goals from Jake Garrett, Arnor Sigurosson and Dilan Markanday and a brace from Andrew Moran gave Blackburn the 5 - 2 win and the Fourth round tie with Chelsea.
Rotherham, on the other hand, sit 23rd and in the relegation zone. In eight games, The Millers have one win, two draws and five losses, leaving them with five points and one point away from safety.
In their last five games in all competitions, The Millers have one win, one draw and three losses. In the Second round of the League Cup, Rotherham faced Stoke City. However, Wouter Burger, Ryan Mmaee, Tyrese Campbell and Mehdi Leris all scored along with a brace from Josh Laurent gave Stoke the 6 - 1 win, with Sean Morrison on the scoresheet for Rotherham. The Millers bounced back against Norwich. Dexter Lembikisa and Jordan Hugill both scored in the 2 - 1 win, with Christian Fassnacht scoring for Norwich.
The trip to Huddersfield was less successful. Josh Koroma and Sorba Thomas both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Huddersfield against Rotherham. Another loss came against Millwall. Ryan Longman, Zian Flemming and Tom Bradshaw all scored in the 3 - 0 loss for Rotherham.
Rotherham was back to scoring with a goal from Hugill, but an equaliser from Preston’s Liam Lindsay saw the game finish in a 1 - 1 draw.
Cardiff and Rotherham have met 52 times in their histories with their first meeting coming back in 1951. The Millers have the better record with 22 wins in the fixture in comparison to Cardiff’s 16 wins. The other 14 meetings, including one of the last five meetings, ended in a draw.