Match preview: Cardiff have feelgood factor back, while Ipswich have well and truly lost it
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Ipswich Town take on Cardiff, in South Wales, tomorrow afternoon (3pm ko). Here’s how the Blues could make history.
History in the making
If the Blues record a seventh successive stalemate – following on from draws with Brighton, Leeds, Norwich, Brentford, Wolves and Barnsley – then they will equal the club record set by John Lyall’s men in the 1990/91 season.
That run was part of a 13-game winless spell between the end of October and start of January for John Wark, Jason Dozzell, Chris Kiwomya and co. They finished 14th, but a superb record at Portman Road the following season saw them claim the title and promotion to the newly-formed Premier League.
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Llanelli-born Emyr Huws was able to move back to his native Wales when Cardiff City came calling last summer, but a dream switch from Wigan quickly turned sour. The 23-year-old has been a breath of fresh air for Town since he took a pay cut to force through a loan switch on January transfer deadline day. He’s both ineligible and injured today, but perhaps the two managers might have a discussion about his future.
Fellow Welsh international Tom Lawrence will have a point to prove. He has been sensational for Town during a season-long loan switch from Leicester, but never got a run of games during a temporary spell at the Cardiff City Stadium in the second half of last season.
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Only one club on the up
Cardiff City has been a bit of a circus in recent years with owner Vincent Tan’s decision to change the shirt colour to red leading to stayaway protests. However, the feelgood factor is well and truly back in South Wales thanks to veteran boss Neil Warnock. Bluebirds fans love football’s ‘marmite manager’. He’s led the team from second-bottom to 13th, has committed to next season, has been promised financial backing and is talking about putting another promotion on his CV. A £249 adult season ticket has added to the positivity.
The mood surrounding Ipswich is in stark contrast. It’s been an uninspiring campaign, manager Mick McCarthy is considering his future and season ticket prices have just been increased. With the gap to the drop zone only seven points, Town are still not safe.