As Fulham’s fixture against Reading on Wednesday is postponed, Bournemouth have the chance to end the calendar year four points clear at the Championship summit.
With a clash against struggling Peterborough United to come on January 3, this is a big chance for the Cherries to build some momentum following a tricky period.
Scott Parker’s side ended a six-match winless run with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Monday, with Dominic Solanke’s header just before halftime proving decisive.
Bournemouth were also 1-0 winners against Cardiff earlier in the campaign with Philip Billing the goalscorer on that occasion.
Despite leading the way in the second tier, the Cherries actually only rank seventh in the division for points picked up at home this season.
Therefore this could be an intriguing battle as visitors Cardiff have registered 15 of their 22 points this season away from home and are unbeaten in their last four matches on the road.
The Bluebirds are currently 20th in the Championship table, three points above the relegation zone with a game in hand over 22nd-place Peterborough United.
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The Welsh side’s last two fixtures have been postponed, meaning they have not played since a 2-2 draw away at Birmingham City on December 11 when Mark McGuinness scored a 91st-minute equaliser.
Since the permanent appointment of Steve Morison as manager seven weeks ago, Cardiff have taken seven points from a possible 15.
Only Peterborough (44) have conceded more goals than the Bluebirds (39) in Championship this season; the only clean sheet they have kept was against Blackpool in August