By Mark Smith

11th Mar, 2020 | 4:30pm

'They hate coming' - Nathan Blake makes bold prediction for Cardiff clash v Leeds

Cardiff City legend Nathan Blake has predicted that his former side will pick up all three points against Leeds United on Sunday.

The former Bluebird admitted that it could be a stroll at the Cardiff City Stadium for Neil Harris’ men, as Leeds hate travelling to the Welsh capital traditionally.

Those comments could come back to haunt the Bluebirds, who welcome a Whites side who have won their last five games with clean-sheets.

Blake disregarded that run of form in his prediction, as he was revealing what he believed would get Cardiff into the play-offs.

“Start with Leeds,” he said on Blakey’s Bootroom podcast.

“We’re home, we’ve got a great record traditionally against Leeds, doesn’t matter what kind of run they’re on.

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“They hate coming to Cardiff City, so there’s your first three points.”

Harris has yet to beat Marcelo Bielsa during his time in the Championship, and Sunday will be his next effort to do just that for the former Millwall man.

Bielsa has continued with the same pattern of thought that it is one game at a time in Leeds’ bid to earn promotion to the Premier League, and his analysis team will be tearing apart Cardiff and how they work as we speak.

Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Barnsley last time out was their first win in five games, and it wasn’t convincing, to say the least.

On top of that, they haven’t won since their clash with West Brom at the end of January. Cardiff only had 45% possession against Barnsley, and only completed 56% of their passes according to SofaScore.

If they are as sloppy against the Whites, they will be punished. One of their biggest and possibly their only hope will be from set-pieces and crosses into the box – something Bielsa will have been practising, again and again, this week.

Blake’s prediction is bold, to say the least, and let’s hope that he is left red-faced after the game on Sunday afternoon.

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