With the end of season run-in fast approaching after the international break, Cardiff fans can hardly believe their eyes when they look at the league table. On a winning run that stretched to seven matches after coming from behind to beat Brentford 3-1 last week, the Bluebirds are in a fantastic position to reach the Premier League.
Ladbrokes have priced Cardiff at 5/1 to win the Championship and are priced at 1/8 to gain promotion. New UK customers can use their Ladbrokes Promo Code to get a free £50 matched bet.
They sit in second place, six points behind table-toppers Wolves, and seven points ahead of 3rd placed Fulham, who have been on a brilliant run of form themselves.
But as it stands, Cardiff are keeping the chasing pack at bay, and have a game in hand over their promotion rivals, with the match against Derby postponed, much to Neil Warnock’s dismay.
With most Cardiff fans on their way to the ground, City manager Neil Warnock was left bemused: “It’s a disgrace,” Warnock said.
“I am sorry, I can’t accept that today – it’s not safe? We’ve come out of the middle of the countryside in the coach and the roads have been perfectly all right.
“I just don’t know where they’re coming from with this. It leaves a sour taste for all the people that have travelled.”
Derby had been forced to train with just 10 first team players on Friday, and Warnock also admitted he was not overly surprised it might get called off.
They face Burton Albion on Friday, who are three points from safety and fighting for their lives, it has all the making for a classic Championship encounter.
Warnock has said that his side have the toughest run-in of all the sides vying for promotion, but will not be lacking in belief, having taken 23 points from the 27 available against the teams they are to play in the reverse fixtures.
The 69-year-old will break an English Football League record if he gets Cardiff promoted this season, and lead the way in terms of managerial promotions, having already been promoted 8 times as a manager.
Cardiff’s promotion credentials were questioned over the festive period when they lost four matches on the spin after a fantastic start, when they were the last team to lose their 100% record, which included an away win at Wolves.
When Cardiff played Bolton in mid-February they were 15 points off big spenders Wolves, who are favourites for promotion.
But they closed the gap to just three points when they beat Birmingham 2 weeks back when Wolves were beaten 4-1 by promotion-chasing Villa.
But Villa have slipped to two defeats in a row to QPR (3-1) and lowly Bolton Wanderers (1-0), which has allowed Fulham to leapfrog them into third spot.
Fulham, who have not tasted defeat since the turn of the year, have won 13 of their last 17 matches in the league, but let a two-goal lead slip at home to QPR last weekend, a result which would have pleased Bluebirds fans.
It all seems to be going Neil Warnock’s way, but the Championship is a league with so many twists and turns, and Burton Albion are fighting for their lives, and could prove to be one of Cardiff’s toughest games yet.