Our prediction for this Championship match:
Stoke City and Cardiff City face each other at Bet365 Stadium on day 17 of the new Championship campaign. The Potters quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Norwich City, with the team sharing the spoils with Sheffield Wednesday, while recording back-to-back wins over Wycombe and Middlesbrough. Stoke City are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Championship, and they are likely to rely on their defence in the midweek clash.
Since the likes of Danny Batth, Sam Clucas, and Nick Powell suffered injuries at the weekend, experienced centre-back Ryan Shawcross is likely to make his first start this season against Cardiff City. The Bluebirds, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the Championship, but beating the in-form Potters on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Osei-Tutu, Tomlin, and Vassell are all likely to miss the game with injury.