Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Formation Issues For Cardiff City Tonight !

Formation Issues For Cardiff City Tonight !

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones will undoubtedly make changes to the starting XI for tonight`s Carling Cup clash with Peterborough United. However, with the Bluebirds trying to adapt to a new look, fluid formation - Jones may face a selection dilemma based on his formation.

With Michael Chopra ruled out by injury, Jones looks to have a straight choice between his normal 4-4-2 formation, or the fluid 4-3-3 option which ended the 4-0 win against Doncaster Rovers. With Ross McCormack close to agreeing a move to Leeds United, it seems likely that Jay Bothroyd will start. That leaves the big question as to whether Craig Bellamy can handle two games in a week?


I would certainly argue for the inclusion of Lee Naylor and Jason Koumas, each of whom has obvious quality but is lack gametime. Anthony Gerrard is another who would also benefit from 1st team action

4-4-2


Marshall/Heaton,


BlakeMatthews, Gerrard, Gyepes, Naylor


Burke, Olofinjana, Drinkwater, Koumas


Bothroyd, Bellamy







4-1-2-2-1

Marshall/Heaton,


Blake/Matthews, Gerrard, Gyepes, Naylor


Olofinjana,


Drinkwater, Whittingham


Burke                               Koumas


Bothroyd



The second selection appears to rely on the deep-lying presence of Olofinjana - the bulky Hull City loanee has settled well in the Bluebirds midfield but we must not develop too much dependence in case of injury - we lack any other option in his physique or style.

Of course, that are many other decisions Jones could opt for, perhaps Koumas could operate just behind Bothroyd, he was used in that position whilst in his first spell at the Bluebirds. Might Gavin Rae get a look-in? Or even Sol Taiwo?

Either of those formations looks strong, and ought to be capable of beating Peterborough United. However, we know there are weaknesses, while we also have a number of players unfamiliar with each other, and the style. Tonight should be an interesting game!


Click here to sign up for Vital CARDIFF CITY.

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Tuesday August 24 2010
Time: 3:17PM

Comments

0
We need to look after Bothroyd, but there's no cover! If you're right and Ross isnt there tonight, we only have Bothroyd and Bellamy - ok both are class, but dont want them injured/tired playing peterbro
Bonesy
24/08/2010 15:54:00
0
maybe we can get 3m for mc cormack and can buy more players including someone like kitson or stead. i don't know exacly why city haven't made a loan move for nile ranger he is never going to get game time with newcastale. so come and have experience with cardiff. because we all now how fragile bothroyd is.lol
aderynglas
24/08/2010 16:06:00
0
I'm told the fee for Ross is less than 1m, never mind 3 ! Not sure if we can have Ranger, eince you're only allowed 5 loan players in a matchday squad?!?
bluebirdshroom
24/08/2010 16:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Ipswich v Cardiff - Team Sheets

Cardiff go to Portman Road as the visitors to Ipswich for the latest Championship game.

Ipswich v Cardiff - Follow Live On Twitter

Cardiff go to Portman Road as the visitors to Ipswich today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Vital Preview - Championship, 9th-11th Dec 2016

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Match Day Officials v Ipswich (10/12/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Ipswich Town this weekend.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ipswich MotM
Suggested By:
Amos0%
Peltier0%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Bamba0%
Bennett0%
Harris0%
Whittingham0%
Gunnarsson0%
Hoilett0%
Lambert0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 20 12 6 2 42 19
2 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 20 10 2 8 32 1
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 1:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League