Seven of the last 10 matches between the sides have ended in draws, including both fixtures last season, and McCarthy is anticipating another tough game. And he believes sharing the goals around will be key for Rovers this season following the departure of Adam Armstrong, their case helped by their loan business and the form of Ben Brereton. Cardiff will be without midfielder Joe Ralls through injury, while McCarthy believes a bout of Covid in the summer, and then a forced period of isolation during his time away with Wales, has been behind Kieffer Moore's slow start to the campaign.
|Promotion (League Winners): West Bromwich Albion|
|Promotion (League Position): Coventry City|
|Promotion (Play Off): Bournemouth, Fulham, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers|
|Relegation (League Position): Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County|