WATFORD F.C. v CARDIFF CITY F.C. After Watford's hard-fought victory away to Hull we now host first-placed Cardiff City F.C. The bluebirds (or is that red dragons now?) sit 8 points above Watford with a game in hand in the Championship table. Cardiff beat Blackburn in their last game. However, they have, like us, been stuttering a bit of late despite their good position with only six (seven for Cardiff) games reamining. Second-placed Hull host Middlesborough earlier on Saturday. While fourth-placed Palace host Barnsley. Zola after the Hull game: "This team never lets me down. Every time there's a game which is very important they always perform. That shows you the character and temperament of this group." Let's hope it's the same this Saturday... Mackay on his return to the Vic: "It's easy to say [winning at Watford], it's not quite as easy to do, They've been doing very well this season.. they're a great club and there's some fantastic people that work there that I know very well. So it'll be great to go back there on Saturday night... it's one that we'll be really looking forward to." Hopefully the journey home will leave him with food for thought. We all know this is a big game, as are all of them from now on in. A win would be ideal in the push for automatic promotion. They don't come much bigger than this in the Championship. Game on.... TEAM NEWS FROM ESPN: Manuel Almunia hopes to be available for Watford's crunch promotion clash at home to leaders Cardiff. The former Arsenal goalkeeper has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury but is likely to be fit for selection against the Bluebirds, although replacement Jonathan Bond has performed well in his absence. Bond kept a clean sheet in Tuesday's 1-0 victory at second-place Hull, a result which saw the Hornets close to within one point of the automatic promotion places. Defenders Fitz Hall (hamstring) and Matthew Briggs (knock) were both forced off at the KC Stadium and are doubtful, as is midfielder Jonathan Hogg who missed out altogether with a calf problem. Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles), Neuton (dislocated shoulder), Tommie Hoban (ankle) and John Eustace (back) all remain sidelined. Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell is an injury worry for the Championship leaders. The former Sunderland striker has scored six times in 11 appearances since his January move, the most recent in the 3-0 win over Blackburn on Monday. But the England international was forced to come off in that impressive victory and will be assessed ahead of the meeting with the promotion-chasing Hornets. Former Plymouth striker Joe Mason scored following his introduction against Rovers and he is the likely replacement if Campbell is unavailable. The midfield four of Jordon Mutch, Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Conway and Kim Bo-Kyung are likely to line up again after impressing in the comfortable victory. Cardiff make the trip with an eight-point cushion over Gianfranco Zola's men and seven ahead of second-place Hull. COMMENTS WELCOME > ENJOY THE GAME. COYH COYH COYH !!! I am going for a 2-1 win with (yeah and it's been a while) a Vydra double.