There are notable similarities between Cardiff and Wolves with both sides heading into Sunday’s game looking for a much needed boost.
Before we even kicked off our disappointing contest with Derby, the Bluebirds (or whatever they call themselves these days) had already gone down 4-2 at Bristol City.
As a result they, like Wolves, have 4 points thus far after a last minute win over Huddersfield on opening day followed by a goalless draw at Brighton.
Malkie Mackay, much like Ståle Solbakken, has been given funds to reshape his squad over the summer with the likes of Bellamy, Helguson, Mutch and most recently winger Craig Noone arriving in Wales.
As I write this, it’s also widely expected that forward and one-time Wolves target Nicky Maynard will join ahead of the transfer deadline. He’d be a useful addition at this level.
Of course Cardiff aren’t the only team who can add to their squad before this game kicks off and I’m hoping Wolves will bring another central midfielder into the fold.
With Jamie O’Hara still a few months away and Karl Henry struggling, we’re down to bare bones. Personally, I’m not keen on either Davies or Jonnson filling the void for an extended run of games. Certainly not based on what I’ve seen thus far. Glenn Whelan from Stoke would be a shrewd acquisition.
With the players we do have, this would be my preferred eleven:
At least one of the new wide men need to start this game and I’d personally opt to throw them both in. Why not?
Either way, it’s a luxury to have three natural wide players to choose from with Peszko also in the mix.
Both Nouble and Sigurdarson pushed themselves into contention with solid midweek displays, but I’d persevere with Ebanks-Blake and Doyle for the moment. But again, it’s nice to have different types of forwards to choose from.
At the back, it’s perhaps a little harsh to drop Berra after a decent performance against Derby, but Solbakken has surely brought Margreitter here to play. And with Christophe having slapped in a transfer request, how much loyalty do we owe him?
Couldn’t find a blogger to contribute on such short notice, so here’s a few snippets from the Cardiff forums:
So some exciting new signings to raise the gloom of the stuffing served out by the Wurzels. But now with so many new midfielders, who does Malky possibly pick? Finally new signing from South Korea, Kim Bo is set to make his debut. However, apart from Whittingham (who will be certainly picked unless injury) Mackay has a strong selection of talent to pick from. However with Turners availability unsure, could we be weak at the back once more?
Unless there is a significant change in the way we play it’s going to be tough against Wolves. Will a 4-5-1 formation give us the goals?
Only 7 people correctly predicted a draw against Derby. 4 of those said 1-1 though so they double up to 2 points.
Well done to Greg, Clemens, andrewwfc and Amberwolf for taking the maximum.
I think this will be an incredibly stern test, particularly for a Wolves team very much in transition.
Still, with the confidence of last night’s second half seeping through my veins, I’ll go for a respectable score draw.
Up The Wolves.