Ian Holloway tips Boro to lose further ground in title race against Cardiff

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway is predicting a 2-1 win for Cardiff City against Middlesbrough in Tuesday's Championship encounter.

Ian Holloway is tipping Middlesbrough to lose further ground in the race for the Championship's automatic places when they host Cardiff City on Tuesday, with a 2-1 defeat on the cards.

Boro went six points clear after beating Brentford last month, but a run of five games without a win - during which time they have scored just twice - has left them third in the standings, behind Hull City and Burnley respectively.

Cardiff, on the other hand, are unbeaten in that time, winning in half of their six matches, and overtook both Birmingham City and Ipswich Town to go seventh with a 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

After a turbulent 2014-15 campaign, Bluebirds boss Russell Slade appears to be onto something at the Cardiff City Stadium, having rid the squad of several high-earners and replaced them with shrewd loan singings.

And Holloway has singled out the movement of Cardiff's auxiliary forwards Lex Immers and Anthony Pilkington as a potential problem for Boro's back line, which the former Crystal Palace boss deems to be under pressure due to the Teesiders' lack of goals.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working at Cardiff last weekend - I wouldn't mind going back for this game, what a belter," Holloway told Sky Sports.

"Brighton didn't do a lot wrong against them but ended up losing 4-1. Everything the Bluebirds hit went it, which is a change from what we've seen so far this season.

"The movement up front from their strikers was excellent and Anthony Pilkington was a revelation. If they can produce that level of performance here, they'll win. I'm backing them to do so.

Middlesbrough are finding out what the Championship is all about - competition, competition, competition. They were six points clear last month but no one can run away with this league.

"They've been struggling to score goals and that puts pressure on your back-line."

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