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EFL: Cardiff vs DCFC

Opponents are closely following the promotion play-off tickets are Cardiff City and Derby County against in an important match in the first group on Tuesday night. Cardiff have lost recent matches but still have the final play-off position, 3 points more than 10th-ranked opponent Derby.

Since winning 10 points from the first 12 points after the tournament returned last month, Cardiff have lost 3-2 at home against Blackburn Rovers and 2-0 at Fulham. However, the opponents around them didn't make use of it - Derby was among them - and the promotion of the Bluebirds was still in their hands with the remaining 3 matches. This is the most difficult match in those 3 matches, the remaining 2 matches against Middlesbrough and Hull City are not too worrying when diving in the last group. Three points on Tuesday will not only strengthen Cardiff City's place in the top 6 but also kill Derby's own play-off hope, with the possibility that Rams need the remaining 3 victories. Harris has made a few changes between defeats against Blackburn and Fulham by bringing Callum Paterson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Robert Glatzel in good form since the restart and will return on Tuesday, however , while Josh Murphy will also feel refreshed and ready to reappear in attack. He used Lee Tomlin starting for the first time since February but mainly from the bench, and coach Harris has stated that the midfielder is ready to play from the beginning. 

Teachers Phillip Cocu won 4 matches in the round before and after the covid phase, before drawing with rivals Nottingham Forest and losing to Brentford and West Bromwich Albion. It made them 10th and 3 points behind the top 6 before matches against Cardiff, Leeds United and Birmingham City were very difficult but the Bluebirds had a poor performance at home under Neil Harris, winning only 2 victories. Of the last 11 matches, Derby have won 3 away games before the defeat to West Brom, but their overall performance this season is the top bad league. Derby have won only one of the last four confrontations with Cardiff - a 3-1 victory at home last season - with the first leg of the season at Pride Park.