Goal Shy Ipswich Town Will Test Cardiff City
Cardiff City are one of the more prolific goalscorers in the Championship and will tonight come up against one of the lowest scorers in the leage as we face Ipswich Town.
Only relegation threatened Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United have netted fewer goals than Roy Keane's Ipswich this season. This is in direct contrast to the Bluebirds with only Newcastle United and WBA more prolific in front of goal.
The lack of finishing ability is a key reason why Ipswich still languish at the wrong end of the division and a look at their goalscoring list reveals no natural goalscorer in the Chopra fashion (Ipswich did make enquiries about him previously this year), not do they possess a mercurial midfielder in the shape of Peter Whittingham who is in the goalscoring form of his life.
Surprisingly, their (joint) top scorer Jon Stead is currently on loan at Coventry City, scoring at the weekend and having netted in his three previous appearances against the Bluebirds. In Jon Walters they also have an industrious player capable of finding the net on a regular basis, he has 6 goals this season and will require careful attention. Pablo Counago will be desperately disappointed to have netted just twice in the league and is a potent threat in the area.
Additionally, the loan acquisition of Daryl Murphy from Keane's former club Sunderland is clearly aimed at boosting the goal tally. He has made a solid start to his ITFC career and has already scored 3 goals in his 7 appearances despite rarely playing the full 90 minutes and often making way around the 65 minute mark.
Whilst an in-form Cardiff City outfit need fear no-one in this division, we are not actually in good form. The morale-boosting win over Middlesbrough was a good team performance but we created little and will need to improve if we are to win away from home. Momentum is crucial, and the Bluebirds will be desperate to build on that victory with more points tonight. The Tractor Boys will provide a stern test but have scored just 1 goal in three matches and are currently 200 minutes without a goal.