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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s championship clash between Reading and Cardiff City, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

Cardiff city face off read They look to pull off a fantastic 1-0 win against championship promotion favorites Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

The Bluebirds got off to a perfect start while the Royals lost 1-0 to Blackpool.

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Before the start of the new season Steve Morrison Supporters have indicated that they are looking forward to seeing another side from the relegation battles in 2021-22.

One game later, it can be argued that Morrison is living up to his word, with Cardiff beating Norwich and scoring a bizarre goal in a match where both sides sent off players.

Morrison probably didn’t like his players playing at a disadvantage in the final 12 minutes, but he created a scenario where new and old players needed to test their character.

They posted a spectacular result in the end, a result that naturally raised expectations among a fanbase seeking reassurance that last season was nothing more than a failure.

Nevertheless, Cardiff’s starting line-up last weekend featured no less than eight debutants and it will take time to bring consistency to the energy and commitment they delivered against the Canaries.

Reading Manager Paul Ince on 12 March 2022© Reuters

In contrast, Reading were down by a 1–0 scoreline against Blackpool opponents who could be seen as direct rivals as the season progressed.

The Royals lost to a goal scored in the ninth minute, Paul Inceside were unable to equalize as they were defeated at Bloomfield Road.

Fans at the club will thank Ince for helping make a change in the second half of last season, but he’s under pressure to build a team that can avoid another fight with the drop. .

Redding is definitely off to a better start on paper, but if they don’t show up in the lower tier at the end of the month, they’ll have to up their game significantly.

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Southampton's Shane Long has been treated after being injured on 2 March 2022.© Reuters

Praised for his second-half performance at Blackpool, Ince may choose to stick with the same Reading XI.

Shane Long It will likely be given longer to build his fitness, resulting in another outing among replacement players.

Sam Hutchinson, Scott Dunn, Femi Aziz When lucas joanne Injuries keep everyone in contention.

Cardiff will be gone Perry Ng for the red card he collected against Norwich.

Curtis Nelson are expected to substitute in the middle of the backline, but Morrison may pick the rest of his impressive squad in the last game.

Easy-to-read starting lineup:
Lumley; Yadom, Holmes, McIntyre. Hoilett, Fornah, Hendrick, Guinness-Walker.Ince, Meite, Ejaria

Cardiff City starters:
Allsopp; Romeo, Nelson, Kipre, Collins. Wintle, Rhinomota. Ojo, Sawyers, O’Dowda; Watters

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We say: Read 1-2 Cardiff City

Back in their home territory, Reading are confident they will be on track against opponents who may have overperformed last weekend. Nevertheless, Cardiff’s beliefs run higher and we can see visitors leaving Berkshire with an extra three points to their name.

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