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Opposition Preview: Cardiff City

7 April 2017

Wales Online's Jamie Kemble on what to expect from The Bluebirds this Saturday

It's just one win in seven for Cardiff City, how do they come into Saturday's game?

Cardiff started off well under Neil Warnock but you are now seeing the effect of playing the same 11 in most of the recent games. There is a lack of quality in depth after not much money was spent in the last couple of years. Fatigue after a long season and not having the right players to play have taken their toll.

What do you put that lack of depth down to?

Cardiff are still feeling the effects of relegation from the Premier League. A lot of money was spent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but it was wasted in truth. That spending got Cardiff in trouble with Financial Fair Play. Russell Slade paid the price for that when he came in but he did a good job stabilising the club. Paul Trollope and now Neil Warnock have had to work under a Transfer Embargo but Cardiff should be fine this season so can look to invest in the summer.

Neil Warnock has had six months in charge now, how have the fans taken to him?

When he came in he did what he had to do to get out of trouble. Neil has been reasonably attacking with his set-up since he came in. They have gone out to get points, not to sit back, ever since the game at Griffin Park really. With mid-table secured he will probably look to experiment now before the end of the season to see what options he has before the summer. The fans were delighted with the appointment. It has been the best thing that has happened to the club in the last few years. Russell Slade did a good job while he was here but he wasn’t the big name that the fans wanted. Warnock’s appointment was overdue and it was the right thing for Cardiff. He has been a real success and everyone is looking forward to next season.

Kenneth Zohore has been the man in form recently, who else is there to look out for on Saturday?

There hasn’t been too much else in an attacking sense aside from Kenneth Zohore in the last few months ever since he hit form. Craig Noone and Anthony Pilkington have obvious quality but haven’t shown that form this season, especially in Tuesday night’s draw with Barnsley. Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett are the threats from our wide. Harris has kind of flown under the radar as he’s lightening quick but lacks the final product some times.

And finally, how do you see Saturday's game going?

Cardiff went into the international break on an ok run of form. However, since then there was a poor performance at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and a tedious draw at home to Barnsley on Tuesday. Brentford are in a good run of form and there are always goals when these two teams play. For me the most likely outcome is a score draw.


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