Cardiff v Fulham: Championship play-off semi-final, first leg – live!

27 July 2020 06:03
Live updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offFrank calls for VAR in play-offs after red cardGet in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts 7.03pm BST Cardiff boss Neil Harris is very much a disciple of the If It Ain’t Broke philosophy. The Bluebirds are three wins on the bounce right now, so he names the same XI that started the 3-0 win over Hull City.Fulham make three changes to the team named for the 1-1 draw at in-form yet doomed Wigan Athletic. Cyrus Christie, Harrison Reed and Bobby De Cordova-Reid replace Denis Odoi, Harry Arter and Championship top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has picked up a knock and been given the night off as a precautionary measure. Ivan Cavaleiro remains hamstrung. 6.53pm BST Cardiff City: Smithies, Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett, Pack, Ralls, Tomlin, Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Glatzel.Subs: Etheridge, Sanderson, Flint, Bamba, Smith, Vaulks, Murphy, Paterson, Ward.Fulham: Rodak, Hector, Kebano, Cairney, Ream, Cordova-Reid, Reed, Christie, Bryan, Knockaert, Onomah.Subs: Bettinelli, Mawson, Sessegnon, Odoi, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Kamara, Jasper. 6.10pm BST The Championship play-offs have a distinctly Cymraeg flavour this season. Swansea are already halfway to the final, having beaten Brentford 1-0 in the first leg of their semi last night. Now it’s their old pals Cardiff’s turn, as the Bluebirds attempt to get a result against Fulham that makes the prospect of an historic South Walian stramash on Sunday that little more likely.The only problem for Cardiff is that Fulham are one of the form sides in the country right now. Scott Parker’s team have won five and drawn two of their last seven games. The Cottagers ended the season in fourth, one win shy of automatic promotion - and that end-of-season streak included a 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds. They also earned a draw at the Cardiff City Stadium back in August when down to ten men. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian