Cardiff vs Wolverhampton (preview)
Wolverhampton Wanderers are the visitors to Cardiff this weekend for what is expected to be a tight and high quality game in front of a near sell-out crowd at Ninian Park. Cardiff are still sitting pretty on top of the Championship and will remain there regardless of this result dur to a 3 point advantage and superior goal difference. Wolves have enjoyed a decent start to the season and lie in 6th place following a 2-0 win over Stoke last time out. Most of Wolves' games have been low scoring games (2 or less goals in each of their last 7 games) in complete constrast to Cardiff (14 goals in last 3 games). Wolves have scored just 7 goals all season (matched in City's last 2 games!) but do possess good attacking options in Jay Bothroyd and Jemal Johnson. Welsh international defender Rob Edwards is likely to start at right back against the Bluebirds while Jamie Clapham is available again following a groin injury. Mick McCarthy is the current manager and has strengthened his squad this week with the acquisition of David Wheater on 'emergency' loan. The centre-back joins from Middlesborough and is highly rated on Teeside, he scored with his first touch for Wolves reserves.
Cardiff should once again be unchanged from their first-choice line-up with Parry, Ledley and Chopra all recovering from minor niggles meaning that Willo Flood will again have to await his first team chance. Dave Jones believes that Willo is 'ready to punch me' after failing to break into the side with Paul Parry in such inspirational form but Flood has looked good in his small cameo appearances to date and will no doubt get his chance soon. Glenn Loovens and Darren Purse will again keep Roger Johnson on the bench but with Jones opting against naming a substitute 'keeper, Johnson would come into defence and Purse in goal should Nail Alexander be injured or sent off. One player unlikely to be involved is Kevin Cooper, named in the squad last week but apparently ready to go out on loan to gain match practise after returning from Knee problems. Several League 1 clubs and one Championship club are thought to be interested in securing Cooper's services for a month.
Apart from City being top, and a full house expected, one added point of interest is Dave Jones facing his former employers. Jones took Wolves to the top flight but was dismissed after a disappointing season in which they were relegated and an indifferent start to the next campaign. Jones felt unfairly treated but bears no grudges. He will, certainly be 100% determined to win the games and send 20000 Bluebirds home happy.
Should be a great game and hopefully we can extend that lead at the top of the league, if you haven;t got your tickets yet then hurry, only Bob Bank terrace and limited seating available. Thankfully the club is unlikely to proceed with plans to introduce music following goals ut inflatable axes to 'Chop chop Chopra!' will be present. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time as Ninian Park will be very busy and very buzzing. C'mon the Bluebirds!!