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Cardiff City experienced a relatively slow start to the Championship season, and manager Steve Morison departed the club in mid-September as a result with 11 points on the board from the opening 10 matches.

Former Bluebirds captain Mark Hudson has taken over as caretaker boss since, and his tenure began impressively with a draw against Burnley and back-to-back league wins over Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic to quickly scale the table.

They have not managed to continue that form, though, and the Welsh outfit now head into the weekend on the back of three consecutive losses, firstly falling short at home to Coventry City before being thrashed 3-0 away at Queens Park Rangers, as Lyndon Dykes hit a brace and Kenneth Paal added a third for the Hoops after Cardiff defender Jack Simpson was shown an early red card.

They would then make the trip to Swansea for a South Wales Derby on Sunday and again saw their cause harmed by an early dismissal, as Callum Robinson was sent off inside the first 10 minutes, and their rivals capitalised and went ahead through Oliver Cooper before Michael Obafemi added the second in the second half following a dominant Swans showing.

Having now dropped back to 20th spot under Hudson’s management, with a dent in their confidence from a losing run and a derby defeat, the Bluebirds will be desperate to put their slump behind them on Saturday and return to winning ways on home turf.

They face a tough test, though, as Rotherham United arrive looking to jump back into the top 10, having impressed on their return to the Championship.

Long-serving manager Paul Warne set out to guide the Millers to their first Championship survival under his stewardship after two previous relegations back to the third tier in recent years, and they enjoyed a strong start, picking up 14 points from nine games before Warne departed for Derby County in September.

Matt Taylor would then take the reins, and after a draw and a defeat, he would oversee a first victory at home to Huddersfield, thanks to goals from Georgie Kelly and Conor Washington, before they withstood intense pressure after Oliver Rathbone‘s early opener to make it two on the bounce with a 1-0 victory away at Stoke City.

Cardiff City will be without attacker Callum Robinson due to a suspension after his red card against Swansea, meaning Mark Harris may lead the line from the outset in a 4-3-3 setup.

The likes of Sheyi OjoKion EteteCallum O’Dowda are also battling to feature in the front line, while Rubin Colwill remains sidelined by an injury.

Perry Ng is another doubt due to a fitness concern, and Tom SangCedric KipreCurtis Nelson and Niels Nkounkou should again line up in the back four in his absence, while Joe Ralls will likely be joined by Ryan Wintle and Andy Rinomhota in the engine room.

Key Rotherham United forward Chiedozie Ogbene remains sidelined by an injury alongside defender Peter Kioso, meaning Georgie Kelly and Conor Washington could again start in attack, although Tom Eaves will also be fighting to come back in from the outset after being reduced to a substitute appearance last time out.

Veteran defender Richard Wood also had to settle for an appearance off the bench, with Taylor recently preferring a back three of Cameron HumphreysLee Peltier and Middlesbrough loanee Grant Hall.

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Brooke Norton-Cuffy will be hoping to displace Wes Harding and start in a right wing-back role, while the midfield unit of Ben WilesDan Barlaser and Hakeem Odoffin is unlikely to be changed on Saturday.

Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Sang, Kipre, Nelson, Nkounkou; Wintle, Ralls, Rinomhota; O’Dowda, Harris, Ojo

Rotherham United possible starting lineup:
Johansson; Peltier, Hall, Humphreys; Norton-Cuffy, Wiles, Barlaser, Odoffin, Bramall; Kelly, Washington

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