Ipswich vs Cardiff by Luke
Ipswich won over Blackpool 3:2 in a beautiful game where Blackpool proved a difficult opponent although they were already relegated. Blackpool scored early to the 4th minute of the game, Ipswich turned the game to 2:1 fast with two goals from Freddie Sears, Blackpool equalized at 63th minute and the solution for Ipswich came seven minutes before full time with a goal from defender Christophe Berra.
This victory, combined with the other results, brought Ipswich back in the sixth place and the optimism about the prospect of the club to reach promotion playoffs is now back. From game to game the league table changes and it is impossible to predict with certainty the clubs that will enter the playoffs, but right now Ipswich seems to a better fate than Brentford and Wolves that have to play away games tonight. Striker Luke Varney is considered doubtful for tonight's mathc, while midfielder Kevin Bru and long term injured striker David McGoldrick will miss the game as well.
Cardiff was more substantial than Leeds and got the victory with the score of 2-1. Defender Sean Morrison gave an early lead to Cardiff, but Leeds responded immediately to 1:1. To the second half midfielder Aron Gunnarsson scored the second goal for Cardiff and then Leeds had the control of the game but the equalizer never came.
For Cardiff these victories have not scoring value, but coach Russell Slade was satisfied by the reaction of his players, as there had been a heavy defeat against Bolton before. In this last part of the season, Cardiff is playing better away from home. The problems for Cardiff ahead of tonight's game are in attack, where they will miss Alex Revell, Federico Macheda and Conor McAleny. Only Eoin Doyle and winger Joe Mason are available in attack. Left midfielder Anthony Pilkingkton and defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi are long term missing due to injuries.
The motivation here is one sided and Ipswich are the absolute favorite to win the game. Cardiff with no options in attack will find it difficult to score, so I think that Ipswich will find the way to win this vital game.