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CARDIFF PREVIEW

24 October 2013

A comprehensive preview of this weekend's visit of Cardiff City

NORWICH CITY v CARDIFF CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
Carrow Road
Saturday, October 26, 2013

SATURDAY’s game will represent the first-ever top flight meeting between Norwich City and Cardiff City.

A moment of historical significance for both clubs then, but all attention will be on acquiring the three points once the whistle sounds at Carrow Road.

A win for either side will leave them clear of the bottom three in the Premier League, which will be a relief even at this early stage in the Premier League season.

Both teams have suffered consecutive defeats, although the Canaries can certainly draw encouragement from the level of performances over the last month.

Chris Hughton welcomes back Johan Elmander (hamstring), but will assess the fitness of Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) before making a decision on whether to include the Dutch international.

Norwich City lead the head-to-head record, with 26 wins to Cardiff’s 13. There have been eight draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Cardiff City 15/01/2011 - Championship
Cardiff City 3-1 NORWICH CITY 30/10/2010 – Championship
NORWICH CITY 2-0 Cardiff City 10/03/2009 – Championship
Cardiff City 2-2 NORWICH CITY 23/08/2008 – Championship
Cardiff City 1-2 NORWICH CITY 09/02/2008 – Championship

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 1-1 Cardiff City January 15 2011 – Championship
The Canaries stayed level on points with Cardiff City in the Championship promotion race thanks to Russell Martin’s injury-time leveller at Carrow Road.

City fell behind to Jon Parkin’s stunning strike in the first half, but they hauled themselves back into the contest and after David Fox and Grant Holt went close, Martin squeezed home Adam Drury’s cross.

Then Norwich boss Paul Lambert said afterwards: “I thought we were excellent again. We dominated the game against a really strong side.

“I thought we got what we deserved in the end, but we could have won.”

CANARIES (18th) FORM…
L – 1-4 v Arsenal (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-3 v Chelsea (H) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Stoke City (A) 29/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-2 (AET) v Watford (A) 24/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
L – 0-1 v Aston Villa (H) 21/09/2013 – Premier League

BLUEBIRDS (17th) FORM…
L – 1-4 v Chelsea (A) 19/10/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Newcastle United (H) 05/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Fulham (A) 28/09/2013 – Premier League
L – 2-3 v West Ham United (A) 24/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
L – 0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 22/09/2013 – Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Arsenal)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson; Alexander Tettey, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson; Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass, Gary Hooper.

LAST CARDIFF CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v Chelsea)…
David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Steven Caulker (c), Ben Turner, Andrew Taylor; Gary Medel, Aron Gunnarsson; Don Cowie, Jordan Mutch, Peter Whittingham; Peter Odemwingie.

REFEREE – Mike Jones…
Mike Jones has already officiated a Norwich City game this season, overseeing the Canaries’ 1-0 away defeat to Hull City on the second day of the campaign.

It was in that game Jones dished out his only red card so far, dismissing Yannick Sagbo.

His last visit to Carrow Road was between Christmas and New Year for the visit of Manchester City – where he sent off another opponent, this time the visitors’ midfielder Samir Nasri.

Jones’ latest assignment was at Old Trafford, where he refereed Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton in the Premier League last Saturday.

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (12.45)
Aston Villa v Everton
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United v Stoke City
NORWICH CITY v CARDIFF CITY
Southampton v Fulham (17.30)
Sunderland v Newcastle United (Sunday, 13.30)
Chelsea v Manchester City (Sunday, 16.00)
Swansea City v West Ham United (Sunday, 16.00)
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City (Sunday, 16.00)

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