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In Focus: Cardiff City

29 November 2017

Norwich City will make the long trip to south Wales on Friday evening (7.45pm KO) when they visit Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cardiff have been one of the surprise packages in the league this season and they find themselves second in the table, four points off leaders Wolves.

Here’s what City can expect from their opponents on Friday:

Key players
Cardiff have been a real threat from wide areas this season and the form of both Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Junior Hoilett has been key to their success.

Mendez-Laing (pictured) has been hailed by many as one of the signings of the season so far since joining from on a free transfer from Rochdale in the summer.

The winger, 25, has four goals and four assists to his name already this year but he is yet to be declared fit for Friday’s game after spending the last three matches on the sidelines.

On the other flank, Hoilett has produced a string of impressive performances this season after years of injury frustration, scoring five and assisting five so far.  

However, much of Cardiff’s work is built on a solid foundation in defence – they’ve conceded the least amount of goals in the Championship so far at just 13.

Centre-back trio of Sol Bamba, Sean Morrison and Bruno Manga have combined to make Cardiff one of the hardest teams in the division to score against.

Form guide
With Wolves setting the pace at the top of the table, Cardiff’s recent form has restricted the west Midlands side from running away with the title.

The Bluebirds have won four of their last five games and go into Friday’s match with momentum.

Neil Warnock’s men rounded off October with a 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Cardiff City Stadium as goals from Hoilett (pictured), Omar Bogle and Danny Ward rendered Bersant Celina’s late strike a mere consolation.

Cardiff were narrowly beaten in their next match at Bristol City after a controversial red card for Bogle was seized upon by the Robins as they won 2-1.

Since then, Cardiff have won three in row with victories over Brentford, Barnsley and Nottingham Forest consolidating their spot in the automatic promotion places.

Previous meeting
Away victories were in short supply for the Canaries last season but they enjoyed success in Cardiff in the last fixture between the two sides.

City hadn’t won away since the beginning of October after a victory at Molineux against Wolves but a solitary Cameron Jerome header in the first half helped the Canaries maintain their upturn in form.

City came under pressure in the second half but managed to hold on for a crucial 1-0 victory on February 4.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Lee Camp, Neil Etheridge, Brian Murphy
Defenders: Lee Peltier, Joe Bennett, Sean Morrison, Bruno Manga, Jazz Richards, Sol Bamba, Greg Halford, Matthew Connolly, Callum Paterson, Rolf Feltscher
Midfielders: Joe Ralls, Kadeem Harris, Liam Feeney, Anthony Pilkington, Aron Gunnarsson, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Loic Damour, Craig Bryson, Mark Harris, Junior Hoilett
Forwards: Lee Tomlin, Danny Ward, Kenneth Zohore, Frederic Gounongbe, Omar Bogle, Rhys Healey

Coral are offering odds of 3/1 for a Norwich win on Friday. You can make your bet HERE.

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