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THE INSIDE TRACK: CARDIFF

3 February 2017

Our guide to The Bluebirds

NORWICH City travel to South Wales on Saturday (3pm) to face Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at the Cardiff City Stadium.

IN THE PRESS

Neil Warnock's Cardiff haven't conceded from a set-piece since his arrival in October 2016.

The Cardiff boss told cardiffcity.co.uk: "With seventeen games left, I've thrown down the challenge - can we go seventeen more games without conceding from a set-piece."

Warnock's loanee goalkeeper, Alan McGregor believes that the Canaries have a strong enough squad to push for promotion.

Speaking to cardiffcityfc.co.uk, McGregor said: "If you look at the squad and the players they've got, they're a very good team.

"They should really be pushing for promotion, it'll be a tough game on Saturday."

PREVIOUS MEETING

The sides met in September 2016 when the Canaries got the better of The Bluebirds in a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road.

City took the lead early in the first half through Cameron Jerome's tidy finish. Russell Martin followed that with a headed finish in the second half.

Anthony Pilkington bagged two goals in the final four minutes of the game, separated by a Josh Murphy wonder-goal.

The late Pilkington goal made for a nervous end to the match but the Canaries saw them off to secure the three points.

BLUEBIRDS TRIVIA
The football club was founded in 1899 under the name Riverside A.F.C.

They changed their name to Cardiff City in 1907 after their initial attempt was rejected two years earlier.

The Bluebirds beat Arsenal in the 1927 FA Cup Final becoming the first non-English team to lift the cup.

Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in Britain and has more hours of sunlight than London, Edinburgh or Belfast.

The South Wales city is home to the oldest record shop in the world, Spillers, established in 1894.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Alan McGregor, Ben Amos, Brian Murphy.

Defenders: Lee Peltier, Joe Bennett, Sean Morrison, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Jazz Richards, Declan John, Souleymane Bamba, Greg Halford, Matthew Connolly.

Midfielders: Peter Whittingham, Joe Ralls, Craig Noone, Anthony Pilkington, Aron Gunnarsson, Stuart O'Keefe, Matthew Kennedy, Kadeem Harris, Emyr Huws, Junior Hoilett.

Forwards: Frederic Gounongbe, Rickie Lambert, Kenneth Zohore, Rhys Healey.

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