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Cardiff City's Wembley Line-Up

Cardiff City's  Wembley Line-Up

Despite recent injuries to Paul Parry and Kevin McNaughton, and Hasselbaink's 3 game suspension - it looks likely that Cardiff City manager Dave Jones will be able to field the same side that breezed past Premiership side Middlesbrough in the last round.


The back four is clearly the Jones' favoured line-up with McNaughton, Capaldi, Loovens and Johnson.


Up-front, Hasselbaink and Parry have been the only partenership to impress consistently this season. However, midfield poses more problems for the Bluebirds.



In midfield, we have strength and depth. In fact, now Joe Ledley (a leading candidate for player of the season) is available after missing the quarter-final with a hamstring tear. Who would he replace, if as expected, he starts? Ledley has not looked on top form since returning from the injury, but is likely to start.


Aaron Ramsey seems the obvious choice, the youngster has excelled in every appearance this season but is protected and guarded jealously by Dave Jones. McPhail could make way for the talented Ramsey, a fan-pleasing decision, but improbable at best.


Whittingham produced a man of the match performance against Boro, but prefers opposition like that to the more dogged Barnsley. Gavin Rae has established himself as an integral member of the team and performs a crucial function in the engine room.


Riccardo Scimeca could come in for Rae, his experience and control would be a useful asset in this game and Rae has played a lot of football in a short space of time, including a return to International football with Scotland.


Trevor Sinclair put in a MOTM performance against West Brom in midweek, he is pushing for a place. Could Joe Ledley be pushed back to left-back to accomodate another in-form player such as Ramsey? Would you sacrifice Capaldi to include the youngster out-of-position at right-back?


Ramsey is not even sure of a place on the bench, in fact he was ommitted from the matchday squad to face West Brom and Sinclair's performance could see him miss out again.


Despite the decisions still to be made, be VERY suprised if Cardiff City do not line up as follows:


Enckelman, Capaldi, McNaughton, Johnson, Loovens, Ledley, Whittingham, McPhail, Rae, Hasselbaink, Parry.


Subs (from): Oakes, Purse, Sinclair, Scimeca, Thompson, Ramsey.




Someone has to miss out, I don't envy Dave Jones telling them so.






Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday April 3 2008
Time: 12:08PM

Comments

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Interesting - but can you win??
Matt_Us
03/04/2008 12:26:00
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Come on BARNSLEY FOR THE CUP!!
Tiny T
03/04/2008 12:41:00
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The starting team suggested is the one i
gtsutton
03/04/2008 13:54:00
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.. cut off like Thommo going for goal .. what I was going to say before the computer took over was - I'd start with that team too but looking to definitely bring on the 2 Ss and Rambo depending on how things are going ..
gtsutton
03/04/2008 13:56:00
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Thats exactly the problem gtsutton! Sciemca, Sinclair and Rambo are the three key players to make a difference - but there's probably no room on the bench for all three.....
bluebirdshroom
03/04/2008 15:02:00
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..yes - but for me there should be, along with Purse and the goalkeeper .. I'd leave out Thompson - Sciemica would be a perfectly good cover up front .. as strong and fast as Thompson - and less likely to give away free-kicks ..
gtsutton
04/04/2008 08:04:00
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If they dont play ramsey its a disgrace. its like barnsley not playing howard
jamie_r
04/04/2008 12:07:00
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No it's not, ramsey swears a lot..... OOPS wrong Ramsey lol..
BlueAmigo
05/04/2008 23:30:00
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