Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City To Switch System Without Olofinjana?

Cardiff City To Switch System Without Olofinjana?

Cardiff City`s powerful Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is rated doubtful for tomorrow`s clash against his parent club Hull City presenting manager Dave Jones with a selection dilemma.

Whilst City have a number of creative and skilful players to deputise and partner Aaron Ramsey, we will be desperately short of muscle and power in the centre of the park, a role Olofinjana has played increasingly well of late. Peter Whittingham and Steve McPhail are the likely candidates to slot alongside on-loan Arsenal ace Ramsey, while Jason Koumas and Darcy Blake are long shots for the role.

An alternative tactic for Dave Jones would be to switch to the 4-5-1, fluid system that helped nullify Leicester City on Tuesday and remained effective after Olofinjana was withdrawn with his knee complaint. Whilst appearing a negative tactic, this formation actually frees up the widemen (Bellamy and Burke/Emmanuel-Thomas) to push further upfield whilst ensuring that the midfield remains competitive with a 3-man unit.

>


Heaton,


Quinn, Hudson, Keinan, McNaughton


McPhail, Ramsey, Whittingham


Burke                                     Bellamy


Bothroyd



I have no doubt that a Ramsey, Whitts, McPhail central three would be extremely creative and their intricate passing and ability on the ball could create significant opportunities for Jay Bothroyd, whose presence up-front alone would also be sufficient to bring the midfield into play.

Michael Chopra is sacrificed in order to adopt this formation, but he is suffering from a hairline fracture to his ankle bone and, whilst he remains available, would surely benefit from a rest and could be held in reserve for later in the game.

This formation has been used to great effect against the Bluebirds, and is especially effective when playing away from home. We don`t have the players to sit back and play for a 0-0 but this 4-5-1 -> 4-3-3 system appears well suited to our personnel and worked well in midweek. Dave Jones will certainly be giving it serious consideration should Olofinjana be unavailable.

Vital Cardiff is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Join Vital Cardiff

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

Click here to sign up for Vital CARDIFF CITY.



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

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday February 25 2011
Time: 2:00PM

Comments

0
McPhail likes to sit deep, whereas Whitts and Ramsey like to roam - I'm sure this is a good option
bluebirdshroom
25/02/2011 12:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

BBC Report - Championship Details For 2017

The BBC's Price of Football annual survey was released this week, and their investigation shows that the price of Championship football has fallen in 2017.

New Sky Bet Deal For The EFL

It was confirmed earlier today that the EFL had signed a new and improved sponsorship deal with Sky Bet.

Cardiff Duo To Serve A Suspension This Week - 16/11/17

Cardiff City duo Lee Peltier and Omar Bogle will be out of action this week as they serves an automatic suspension.

Attendances Continue To Rise In The EFL

The EFL have released figures for attendances so far in 2017/18 and they show a rise on figures from the same time last season.

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)

Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By:
Murphy12%
Peltier7%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Richards30%
Gunnarsson15%
Ralls0%
Bennett0%
Pilkington7%
Zohore15%
Hoilett0%
Sub-Whittingham7%
Sub-M Harris0%
Sub-Lambert7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
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)

The Vital Football Members League