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Fulham vs Cardiff City predictions, lineups and TV info | Championship preview

By Chris Smith

Fulham vs Cardiff City predictions, lineups and TV info | Championship preview

Published: 9:00, 30 July 2020

Fulham will look to finish the job they started on Monday when they host Cardiff City in their Championship playoff semi-final second leg on Thursday at 7:45 PM.

Scott Parker’s side carry a 2-0 lead into the encounter at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano in South Wales.

The Cottagers are now in an extremely strong position to take another step toward an immediate return to the Premier League but given that Neil Harris’ Bluebirds had won three consecutive games to close out the season before the playoffs started, Parker will be taking nothing for granted. After all, the Championship playoffs are famous for turnarounds and late drama.

Where to watch Fulham vs Cardiff on TV:

  • UK: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football
  • US: ESPN+

Fulham & Cardiff’s first-leg line-ups:

  • Fulham: Rodak; Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Cairney, Reed; Knockaert, Onomah, Kebano; Reid.
  • Cardiff: Smithies; Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Pack, Ralls; Mendez-Laing, Tomlin, Hoilett; Glatzel*.

Ivan Cavaleiro remains sidelined for the hosts while top marksman Aleksandar Mitrovic is only expected to be fit for the final, should Fulham make it that far.

Robert Glatzel is a doubt for the visitors after limping down the tunnel on Monday night. Cardiff are also without Isaac Vassell and Greg Cunningham.

Player to watch: Josh Onomah

In the absence of Mitrovic, Fulham had to look into their midfield for goals during the first leg against Cardiff. Former Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah opened the scoring on that occasion, taking his tally to three goals and two assists in nine games since the resumption of play in June.

Onomah will be brimming with confidence after executing a wonderful turn, dribble and finish to unlock the Cardiff defence all by himself on Monday, and don’t against him coming up with the goods again here to fire Fulham to a Wembley showdown with either Swansea or Brentford.

Scoreline prediction: Fulham 1-1 Cardiff


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