West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto di Matteo admits victory over Cardiff tonight would be a "great result" as the Baggies look to return to the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

Albion travel to south Wales knowing a win would take them two points clear of Newcastle, who play on Wednesday, and 14 ahead of their fifth-placed hosts.

Di Matteo's side have not been beaten in any competition since January 8, when they lost to a then rampant Nottingham Forest who they now lead by four points with a game in hand.

West Brom drew 2-2 at Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday while Newcastle and Swansea drew and Forest lost although a good weekend for the Baggies was slightly overshadowed by injuries to Gonzalo Jara and Abdoulaye Meite with the former out for the season with a fractured metatarsal.

Di Matteo knows how valuable victory would be in taking the Baggies back to the top of the table as well as putting clear daylight between them and the Bluebirds.

He told www.wba.co.uk: "That would be a great result for us. We will go there with lots of confidence and we'll try our best.

"The spirit is good at the moment. We are fighting and playing well as well. The team will be shuffled around a bit because of the players we have available for us at the moment but we will not be giving up."

The former Chelsea player does not anticipate anything other than a battle at the Cardiff City Stadium despite the Bluebirds' recent 5-1 defeat by Newcastle.

"They are very good at home, a good, strong side," he added. "They had a bad result at Newcastle but apart from that one they have been very strong."

Nottingham Forest host Sheffield United as they look to halt a poor run which has seen them lose three out of their last four games, their only victory in that time coming against the Blades' neighbours Wednesday.

Kevin Blackwell's side are in seventh, one point off sixth-placed Leicester and halted a winless four-game run with a fine performance in Saturday's 2-0 win over Bristol City.

Swansea, in fourth, will look to take advantage of any slip-up by Forest when they travel to second-bottom Plymouth although the Pilgrims will have been buoyed by their 3-1 victory at Barnsley.

Leicester visit Bristol City while Middlesbrough travel to Blackpool on the back of a six-game unbeaten run which has seen them climb to eighth, two points off the play-offs.

Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday will be wary of Doncaster striker and Blades fan Billy Sharp when they host Rovers, Barnsley visit fourth-bottom Scunthorpe, basement side Peterborough take on Ipswich, QPR host Watford and Preston travel to Derby.