Last Updated: 14/12/13 9:51pm
Game over! Cardiff City hold out for a 1-0 victory over West Brom. A massive three points for Malky Mackay as they look to distance themselves from the relegation scrap.
Myhill is out of his box, looking to get his side forward but there is no control up top from the West Brom forwards.
Final flurry attack from Cardiff as Kim races down field and thought about squaring into the box before going to the corner flag to try and run the clock down.
Brunt gets the ball into the box but Cardiff clear, only as far as Mulumbu, who entities the free-kick from Mutch.
Shane Long, who cannot believe he didn't get the equaliser, is replaced by Matej Vydra as Clarke sends men forward in numbers.
What a save! Marshall pulls off a spectacular save to deny Long. The ball in from Brunt was helped on by Berahino, who found Long's head and the save to deny him was first class.
Definite air of tension in the Cardiff City Stadium now as West Brom continue to surge forward in search of a point.
Mulumbu looking to pick his way through the Cardiff defence, but they have men back in numbers and get the ball clear.
Changes from Steve Clarke have brought a shift of emphasis. Albion looking to threaten the Cardiff goal and it looks like he may well bring on another striker as they seek an equaliser.
Albion moving forward and Long's cross into the box is cleared by a sliding Noone, who clattered into teammate Theophile-Catherine in the process, both are down having a touch of treatment.
First change from Malky Mackay freshens up the front line as Nicky Maynard comes on to replace Frazier Campbell.
Turner concedes a free-kick as he pushes Long to ground. Great ball to the back post, Berahino nods across the face of goal and three West Brom players watch as the ball trickles out.
Another set piece chance for West Brom is wasted as the corner goes straight into the hands of Marshall.
Mulumbu releases Jones in the right corner and the West Brom full-back gets a dangerous cross into the box, Medel forced to concede the corner.
Could be a nervy final 10 coming up for Cardiff here. Only a one goal lead and they concede a free-kick in their own half.
Cardiff are forward again with Campbell, Whittingham eventually catches up to support but West Brom intercept and Sinclair races down field before losing possession.
Odemwingie wiggles his way down the right and sends a low cross into the box, it is only cleared as far as Mutch. The Cardiff midfielder is capable of the spectacular and he disguises his way past Olsson and fires the shot just over.
Double change for West Bromwich Albion as Scott Sinclair and Saido Berahino replace Morgan Amalfitano and Claudio Yacob. Definitely positive moves from Steve Clarke.
Ridgewell sends the ball forward towards Long, he jostles with Caulker and eventually concedes the free-kick.
Corner is cleared but West Brom are soon back in the Cardiff box and Long is down. Appeals for a penalty from West Brom, looked like Webb should have pointed to the spot as Turner drags Long down.
West Brom forward this time with Sessegnon and he slides into Mulumbu, whose stinging shot takes a deflection and wins the Baggies a corner.
Corner causes problems for the West Brom defence, Caulker heads close and Odemwingie goes down at the back post. Cardiff are furious no penalty was awarded.
WHITTINGHAM! Excellent ball in from the right from Noone, swinging towards the back post and Whittingham loses his man at the back post to make a brave header beyond Myhill.
West Brom get the ball out wide and look to go over the top, Long offside, again. Eighth time West Brom have been caught offside today.
Throw from West Brom bounces in front of Sessegnon, who takes a wild swing at goal, the ball unsurprisingly sails into the stands right of the goal.
An hour gone in South Wales and still, neither side looking like they are going to control this one.
Another set piece opportunity, this time for West Brom after Mutch bundled Amalfitano down. The ball is launched forward but the flag is straight up.
The corner runs all the way through but is picked up by Mutch, who swings the ball back into the box but the Baggies defence is equal to the challenge.
Initial corner is cleared but Jones sends the ball back to Amalfitano, who slides it into the box and Yacob and McAuley both scuff efforts from close range and Cardiff scramble clear.
Mulumbu and Sessegnon combine in the middle before the latter releases Amalfitano, his cross is deflected out for West Brom corner.
Conditions worsening here as the rain continues to drive down, you expect any goal will come through defensive error rather than creative attack.
Cardiff come down the right this time with Theophile-Catherine, his cross finds Odemwingie in space but he is offside. Becoming a real theme of this game that is.
Now it's Cardiff's turn and Noone swings a neat cross into the centre of the box, where two red shirts await. Crucial header away from Olsson.
West Brom regain possession and surge forward with Amalfitano, he switches play to the left and Sessegnon drops the ball into the path of Long, who is unable to get the shot away.
Cardiff get the ball wide to Mutch, who produces a fierce cross towards the back post but there is no red shirt available to meet it. Mackay waves his arms furiously on the sidelines.
West Brom concede another free-kick as Long cynically trips Mutch just inside the Cardiff half. Howard Webb keeping tabs on the forward.
Cardiff win a free-kick midway into the West Brom half now. Whittingham and Odemwingie both stand over it again. Comfortable safe for Myhill as Whittingham's shot takes a deflection.
West Brom restart in the pouring rain and there is an early free-kick to the visitors after yet another offside.
There is a proposal on the pitch at half-time - guy down and one knee and there are smiles all round, guessing it was an affirmative!
A goalless stalemate of a first half, can either side break the deadlock or are they set to cancel each other out. Get your predictions in via Twitter, @BH92, or by emailing me direct on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.
Substitutes out on the field warming up at half-time, will there be any changes from Malky Mackay or Steve Clarke at the break?
Goalless at the break here. A dogged and rather scrappy first period. The best chances came for Cardiff, who started with strength and intent before the first half turned into a messy midfield affair. In much need of spark to ignite this one in the second half. Cardiff 0-0 West Brom.
Just the one minute of added time as Whittingham sends a searching ball for Campbell. Strong run from the striker but the ball skids out off the wet turf.
Noone away down the right, he's forward and back with Ridgewell before whipping a fine cross towards the back post, where Myhill comes to collect.
Ridgewell launches the ball over the top but Long is caught offside this time. The game really needs a spark to ignite it.
Mutch regains possession and Cardiff head forward again, they're looking to end this first half as they started.
Fine ball over the top from Medel is well chased by Odemwingie, who produces a peach of a ball into the box but Campbell is unable to latch onto the end of it.
Campbell racing towards the West Brom box before ending up in a tangle with McAuley, the result being a loose both as neither play manages to regain control of possession.
West Brom advances appear to be based on the long ball but Brunt and Long are both sat too deep to collect them as Marshall makes another easy clearance.
Whittingham's ball is right in the mix and bounces towards Odemwingie, but the Cardiff striker concedes a free-kick for impeding Myhill.
Cardiff break again as Whittingham and Odemwingie combine down the left, the eventual cross wins a corner after a sloppy piece of control from McAuley.
Excellent ball into the box from Amalfitano towards the back post but Caulker is equal and sends the ball clear off danger.
First card of the match as Medel makes a cynical challenge on Amalfitano. Irrational sliding tackle on the right wing.
Free-kick for the Baggies on the half-way line but the chance is wasted as Amalfitano is penalised for tangling with Caulker.
Cardiff approaching the West Brom box and Mutch slips the ball through to Odemwingie. Surprise, surprise - the linesman's flag is up again.
West Brom come forward with Sessegnon, he finds Brunt just inside the box but Medel steps in to make a crucial interception and Cardiff launch another counter-attack.
Whittingham attempts to float the ball to the back post but it is far too heavy, no chance anyone could get a hold of that.
Jones makes to get the ball out for a throw-in but Cardiff are threatening and certainly look the more likely at the minute.
Whittingham's out-swinger is sent straight back out for another corner, which Whittingham sends deeper, Caulker is surprised to find the ball at his feet and shoots wide.
CHANCE! Noone off down the right and he delivers a cross of real quality towards the back post. Crucial glancing header from Jones takes it wide. Corner for Cardiff.
Baggies come forward with Brunt but he is cut off by Taylor and Cardiff look to build from the back.
Cardiff send the ball into the box once again and Odemwingie is caught offside. Sluggish work from both sides up front, the flag seems to be going up several times.
Medel swings the ball cross-field to Noone, he is onside and runs towards the box but his shot in blocked by Jones.
Noone stumbles in midfield and loses possession but Cardiff regain it quickly. Mutch turns inside from the left and strikes hard but can only find the West Brom defenders.
Mutch looks to drop the ball into Campbell but the striker allows the ball to run through, knew he started in an offside position.
Cardiff defence in disarray as Long pressurises and forces Taylor to make a sliding pass to Marshall, which ended up having to be saved by the goalkeeper rather than simply collected.
A midfield ping-pong battle sees the ball fall to the feet of Campbell but he is unable to control before the West Brom defenders step up to challenge.
Theophile-Catherine and Medel linking up on the right to eventually win a throw-in. It's increasingly looking like we may end up with a dogged midfield battle of a game here.
The Baggies launch the ball forward in search of an advances McAuley, but the centre-back is caught offside by the assistant.
Brief stoppage in play as Jones has to replace his contact lens after an accidental clash with Campbell.
Campbell racing down the left before winning a throw-in for Cardiff, which is given to Medel and the club's record signing fires a shot to the right of Myhill's goal.
First set piece of the afternoon for the Baggies and it is easily cleared by Turner in the middle of the Cardiff box. Campbell calls for the ball and starts the counter attack.
Cardiff dictating the pace of the game, they take the ball backwards and start to exchange passes across the back-line.
Campbell and Noone link up and the latter is off down the right, three red shirts in the box but he is unable to get the cross away.
The Baggies attempt to make a break into Cardiff territory but Medel steps in to intercept and City head forward once again.
Full throttle start from Cardiff here! Theophile-Catherine swings another cross into the box and the hosts are appealing for a penalty after a hand was soon touching the ball. Webb sees it as a Cardiff hand and awards the penalty to Albion.
The resulting corner is swung in by Whittingham again and the ball falls to Medel on the edge of the box, he takes on the volley - it's close! Just scrapes the woodwork on the way out of play.
Both! Whittingham and Odemwingie both swing at the ball and force a save from Myhill. One of the strangest free-kicks you will see, shocked it hit the target as both players look at each other with confused faces.
Whittingham's delivery is long but Cardiff rescue possession and win a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the West Brom box. Will it be Peter O or Peter W?
Cardiff push forward from the set piece and Theophile-Catherine's cross is blocked and the hosts get an early corner.
That's the mandatory handshakes done and dusted, time to get down to business as the captains meet in the middle.
Excellent atmosphere in the Welsh capital as the players are led out by Howard Webb. Cardiff certainly don't lack vocal support at home.
We have the players in the tunnel, a pivotal 90 minutes ahead for both sides as they sit in a precarious position.
Only 15 minutes to kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium now...Players going through their final warm-ups before heading back to their respective dressing rooms.
Soccer Saturday pundit and Sky Sports columnist Paul Merson expects honours to be even at the Cardiff City Stadium, he said: 'I don't know what's happened at West Brom. They played well at Chelsea and should have won, they well beat Villa and they drew and then they ended up getting beaten 2-0 by Norwich at home last weekend.It's a big game for Cardiff, too. They need to win their home games because I don't see them getting much joy away from home especially after losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend. But I'll go for a draw because I don't think West Brom are as bad as where they are in the league and I think they're a decent team.'
West Brom have the fourth worst shooting accuracy (36.3%) while Cardiff have the third worst rate (36.2%) in the Premier League so far in 2013-14.
Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (26) has blocked more shots than any other player in the Premier League this season.
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Our referee this afternoon is Mr Howard Webb, he is assisted by Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann on the lines; while Roger East stands as fourth offical.
West Brom bench: Luke Daniels, Zoltan Gera, Matej Vydra, James Morrison, Saido Berahino, Diego Luguno, Scott Sinclair.
Cardiff bench: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Andreas Cornelius, Kim-Bo-Kyung, Aron Gunnarsson, Don Cowie, Nicky Maynard.
West Bromwich Albion starting XI: Boaz Myhill, Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, Youssouf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob, Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt, Shane Long.
Cardiff City starting XI: David Marshall, Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Andrew Taylor, Peter Whittingham, Gary Medel, Craig Noone, Peter Odemwingie, Fraizer Campbell.
Do you agree with Ryan? How do you see today's encounter going? Half-an-hour to kick-off, get your predictions in via Twitter, @BH92, or by email on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com and I shall publish as many as possible.
Ryan Carter has been in touch via email, he reckons: 'Cardiff City will win 2-0 and I think Peter Whittingham and Gary Medel will score.'
Someone hoping to change that will no doubt be Peter Odemwingie, who signed for Cardiff from the Baggies for £2.25million in the summer.
The Bluebirds must improve in front of goal to keep that record though, they've scored just three goals in seven matches, two of which came against Manchester United.
History is on Cardiff's side as, whilst this will be their first Premier League encounter, they have not lost to West Brom in their last four league meetings and Albion are winless in Cardiff since 1974.
The Welsh side's recent form has been far from impressive. They've failed to win since their derby victory over Swansea at the beginning of November, and sit a point and a place below West Brom in the table.
But Clarke will know every little helps and a draw at Cardiff - who have taken points off both Manchester clubs, Everton and Swansea at home this season - would not be a bad result.
After losses to Newcastle, Manchester City and Norwich, Steve Clarke's side could find themselves in the relegation zone come Saturday evening should results go against them.
West Brom are in danger of losing four on the bounce, and going six without a win, if they leave Cardiff with nothing.
Ben Hampshire here, on hand to guide you through proceedings and as ever, you are more than welcome to get in touch with your views and predictions. You can do so via Twitter, @BH92, or by emailing me direct on Benjamin.Hampshire@bskyb.com.
Both sides enter this crucial relegation scrap teetering on the edge of the dreaded drop zone with just one win in their last six outings.