Bournemouth are one of just two sides in the second tier – along with West Bromwich Albion – who are yet to lose this season.
The Cherries ended Queens Park Rangers’ unbeaten start with a 2-1 win over the West London side on Tuesday night, as Jaidon Anthony and Dominic Solanke struck in the first half.
Now Scott Parker’s side are going for three consecutive victories for the first time this season, with an eye on taking top spot off Fulham, who they trail by just one point.
Bournemouth have only conceded once in three away games in the Championship in 2021-22 – the joint-best record in the league with Birmingham City.
However, the Cherries have never won in three trips to the Cardiff City Stadium in the league; the last time they picked up three points in the Welsh capital was at Ninian Park in 2000.
That was the year that Parker won promotion to the Premier League with Charlton Athletic as a player, while Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy was in the middle of his Republic of Ireland managerial reign.
McCarthy is now one of English football’s elder statesman, but he is keen to prove that he still has plenty to offer in the dugout.
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His Bluebirds side have made an inconsistent start to the season, but are just two points off the playoffs at this early stage.
They suffered their second league defeat of the campaign on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 away at Coventry City.
It was the first time this season that Cardiff have failed to score in a Championship match, with striker Kieffer Moore drawing a blank for the fifth consecutive game