Cardiff v Burnley preview

Craig Bellamy is a big doubt for Cardiff as they attempt to record seven successive home wins against Burnley in Saturday's Championship clash.

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Craig Bellamy: Major doubt with ankle injury

Craig Bellamy: Major doubt with ankle injury

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The 33-year-old missed the Bluebirds' victory over Ipswich having taken a bang to his knee but his comeback against Watford lasted just 45 minutes and he was replaced at the interval after his ankle swelled up.

Tommy Smith also had to be withdrawn in the 2-1 victory over the Hornets with a tight hamstring and both players will be assessed.

Craig Conway and Joe Mason are waiting in the wings to step in while former Birmingham midfielder Jordon Mutch is expected to be available after recovering from a foot injury.

Burnley winger Ross Wallace is rated as 50-50 for the trip.

Wallace was set to be part of an unchanged XI named by caretaker boss Terry Pashley for the 4-3 win at Bristol City on Tuesday night, but pulled up with a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

Martin Paterson was named in his place and netted the Clarets' third goal on a dramatic evening at Ashton Gate.

Defender Ben Mee will sit out the action this weekend having picked up a fifth booking of the season in midweek, with Joseph Mills poised to return to the starting line-up at left-back. Midfielder Marvin Bartley is an injury absentee due to a groin complaint.

Pashley is chasing his third consecutive win at the helm since stepping in for the outgoing Eddie Howe.

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Championship Fixtures

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
20:00
Fulham v Wolves
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
10 Ipswich 3 0 4
11 Reading 3 0 4
12 Brentford 3 0 4
13 Derby 3 0 4
14 Blackburn 3 -1 4
15 Birmingham 3 -1 4
16 Brighton 3 0 3
17 Wolves 2 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 2 -2 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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