Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cardiff City Vs Leicester City English League Championship Semi Finals Match Preview

Cardiff City vs Leicester City come today, 12 May 2010 English League Championship Semi-finals match kick-off begin at Cardiff City Stadium, 20:45 CET. Cardiff manager Dave Jones is under no illusions as to what promotion to the Barclays Premier League would mean for the club and for all of south Wales.

Peter Whittingham’s exquisite free-kick has made the Bluebirds favourites to progress to the Wembley final for a shot at promotion to the top flight – worth an estimated £90million.

That would be music to the club’s ears as they battle to clear their well-documented debt.

And, having guided Wolves to similar play-off success in 2002/03, Jones also knows what it would mean to the area as a whole.

But he is urging everyone to keep their feet on the ground and knows nothing has been achieved yet with the tie still effectively at half-time.

Winger Chris Burke is facing a race against time to be fit having come off on Sunday nursing a groin strain, while centre-back Anthony Gerrard will definitely miss out again having failed to overcome the calf injury that ruled him out of the first leg.

Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare believes the pressure is off the Foxes after their first-leg defeat and Cardiff will start as favourites to finish the job on home soil.

Experienced striker Steve Howard will return to the Leicester squad after completing a three-match suspension.

The Foxes will assess the fitness of defender Wayne Brown and on-loan striker James Vaughan, who were both left out of the squad for the first leg after picking up hamstring problems in training.

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