Cardiff City v Norwich- The preview!

Aug 26, 2014
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Cardiff City
It's been a long time since we've had some league action due to the international break, but this week the Championship is back!
Cardiff City will take on Norwich City in a battle of the relegated teams. Last season, Cardiff took 4 points from Norwich, picking up a 2-1 win in South Wales and a 0-0 draw over in Norfolk. However both teams have a new look side with different managers in the dugouts. Although it's Norwich who've had the better start this campaign picking up 10/15 points so far, after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth before the internationals. The Bluebirds also picked a point, with a 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Cardiff look set to give a debut to new £5 million pound center back Bruno Ecule-Manga. However they will be without Ben Turner (Ankle) and Craig Noone (groin) is unlikely to be involved. Noone's pace will surely be missed by Cardiff who will be replaced by ex-Norwich winger, Anthony Pilkington who joined City in the summer.
Norwich will have Martin Olsson back for selection after a period out, but Gary Hooper (Dead leg) and Jonny Howson (Knee) have been ruled out of the match. Hooper is a big loss for Norwich, who will now turn to Lewis Grabben, Kyle Lafferty or former Bluebird Cameron Jerome who has joined the Canaries on loan from Stoke City.
As I said last week, It's almost impossible to predict Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI, but i'll give it my best shot.
Predicted Cardiff City line-up:
01- Marshall
02- Brayford
03- Fabio
05- Bruno Ecule-Manga
07- Whittingham
08- Dikgacoi
09- Jones
10- Le Fondre
19- Pilkington
20- Daehli
36- Morrison

David Marshall was made Cardiff City captain this week, following the departure of Mark Hudson, so it seems inevitable that he will lead the Bluebirds out.
Brayford and Fabio have been in fantastic form so far, and are quickly becoming fan favorites, and it would be very disappointing to see either miss out.
Sean Morrison looks to be a great buy for the Bluebirds, putting in some solid performances at the back so far. And Bruno Ecule-Manga looks set to make his City debut and will be looking to impress.
Peter Whittingham seems to be one of just a few players who seem to have nailed their starting spot, after putting in some fantastic passing displays this season, he looks ready to make his sixth league start. However, Kagisho Dikgacoi spot doesn't seem to be a guaranteed a starting spot, with only one start in the first five games he may well sit out of another, meaning he could be replaced with Tom Adayami or Aron Gunnarson.
Anthony Pilkington looks likely to feature in his first home start, against his former employers, and will be hoping to show them what they've lost. And Mats Daehli looks to be the most promising talent outside of the Premier League after more impressive performances for Norway.
Kenwyne Jones has scored 4 goals in 5 games, and looks set to bully the Norwich defense next. And Adam Le Fondre, who is yet to score for the Bluebirds, has stiff competition from Kiko Macheda and Javi Guerra, but I can see Adam getting the nod.

And Norwich City seem to have a full strength defence, but will have to make changes in the attacking half of the field. So this is my predicted line-up.
Norwich City predicted line-up:
01- Ruddy
02- Whittaker
04- Johnson
05- Martin
06- Turner
07- Grabben
09- Lafferty
10- Jerome
14- Hoolahan
22- Redmond
27- Tettey

From this, I can imagine that Norwich will play a 4-4-2 formation with Lewis Grabben playing on the wing, and Cameron Jerome will play up front with Kyle Lafferty.

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