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Sheffield United made a statement of intent in the playoff race on Tuesday night as they triumphed 4-1 over rivals Middlesbrough.
Sander Berge, Billy Sharp, Jack Robinson and Morgan Gibbs-White all found the scoresheet as the Blades won for the first time in three matches and moved into the top six.
The Yorkshire outfit have lost just twice in 16 league matches under Paul Heckingbottom and no team in the Championship has picked up more points than Sheffield United (34) since he was appointed on November 25.
Only Bournemouth and Fulham have won more games away from home than the Blades in the second tier this season.
Coventry also played a playoff rival on Tuesday night but suffered defeat as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Luton Town.
Mark Robins claimed afterwards that he believed his side deserved to win the game as they had “outplayed” the Hatters.
Nonetheless, following defeat to Swansea City last weekend, the Sky Blues have now lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season. They have not lost three league games in a row since December 2018.
The Midlands side have recorded just one win in their previous six meetings against Sheffield United; the reverse fixture earlier this season ended goalless.
Callum O’Hare is in contention to be restored to the Coventry starting lineup after only being fit enough to come off the bench against Luton on Tuesday following a leg injury.
Centre-back Dominic Hyam has missed the last two matches due to concussion, but it is hoped that he will be able to return this weekend.
Robins has revealed that Jake Bidwell will be out for six weeks after scans showed he has sustained a hip problem, but fellow full-back Fankaty Dabo is available after serving a two-game suspension.
John Fleck was forced off injured in Sheffield United’s win over Middlesbrough in midweek, but Paul Heckingbottom said that the midfielder would be out for “days, rather than weeks”.
Charlie Goode is available again after a three-match suspension, but is a doubt due to a cartilage issue.
Cardiff centre-backs Sean Morrison and Curtis Nelson are ruled out with respective knee and calf injuries, while Max Watters is sidelined with an ankle problem.
After impressing as a substitute last time out, Davies will be hoping that he is handed a start in attack, which could see him line up alongside Colwill and former Preston man Jordan Hugill.
As for Preston, they will be without Patrick Bauer (hip), Sean Maguire (ankle), Tom Barkhuizen and Greg Cunningham (both calf) due to injury.
The visitors can, however, welcome back defender Liam Lindsay, who has served his one-match suspension and is set to replace Bambo Diaby in the back three.
Brad Potts and Josh Earl are expected to provide width as wing-backs, while Riis Jakobsen could be recalled to the first XI ahead of either Archer or Ched Evans.
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Ng, Flint, McGuinness; Drameh, Doyle, Wintle, Doughty; Davies, Colwill; Hugill
Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; van den Berg, Lindsey, Hughes; Potts, Browne, Whiteman, Earl; Johnson; Archer, Riis Jakobsen
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Ben Osborn is likely to fill in at right wing-back again in the absence of injured pair George Baldock and Jayden Bogle.
Coventry City possible starting lineup:
Moore; McFadzean, Clarke-Salter, Hyam; Kane, Sheaf, Hamer, Maatsen; O’Hare; Gyokeres, Godden
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Robinson, Egan, Davies; Osborn, Hourihane, Norwood, Norrington-Davies; Berge, Gibbs-White; Sharp