Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff Vs Stoke (match preview)

Cardiff Vs Stoke (match preview)

Stoke City are the visitors to Ninian Park on the opening game of the Championship season. Both Cardiff City and the Potters were play-off challengers last season but have differing aspirations this time around.


Cardiff have strengthened on the whole during the pre-season. Although losing Michael Chopra came as a big blow, Steve MacLean and Robbie Fowler will both get goals. Trevor Sinclair looks good and the youngsters Gunter, Blake and Ramsey have all enjoyed pre-season involvement. The pre-season has been promising, leaking 4 goals at Stockport was disappointing but on the whole the team has gelled well, and have been creating chances. Good wins against Vitoria De Setubal and FC Twente were the highlights and included the stronger Cardiff sides. Turnbull, Rae, Capaldi, MacLean, Fowler are all expected to make their full debut.


In contrast, Stoke City appear to be weaker than last term. They have lost the loan might of Fortune, Griffin and Lee Hendrie while other notable departures include expensive flop Sammy Bangoura, Martin Paterson and important defender Carl Hoefkens. The Potters have brought in former Cardiff target Jon Parkin, a powerful frontman and Richard Cresswell to support Riccardo Fuller and ex-Swansea City man Mama Sidebe. Stephen Wright has also joined on loan from Sunderland.

Stoke finished 8th last season after mounting a late push, but ultimately just missing out on a play-off place. They thrashed us 3-0 in one game in a fraught match where Stephen McPhail was dismissed, Lee Hendrie angering Dave Jones in the process.



Both sides will be looking for a good start to the season, it's great to be starting at home (for once!) and hopefully we can come away with the win against a Stoke City side still going through changes and not yet looking full strength. We also welcome a Cardiff City supporter to Ninian Park in Stoke City boss Tony Pulis.



Vital Cardiff predicts a semi-comfortable 2-0 win for the Bluebirds in front of a big crowd. You can see other fans thoughts and leave your predictions here.









Join our COMPLETELY FREE Vital Fantasy Football League!



There are great cash prizes to be won and you can compete in a Cardiff City fans only league, even creating a mini-league for your friends!







Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday August 9 2007
Time: 9:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

O'Keefe - Keep Digging Away

O'Keefe admitted to a bit of disappointment at not beating MK Dons but on the flipside it's a game Cardiff didn't lose with him looking for us to go again against Charlton.

No Loan Extension For Ajayi?

Crewe took Ajayi on loan from Cardiff in November, he saw this loan extended in January but when this expires the League 2 side aren't looking to retain his services.

Highlights - MK Dons (h)

Cardiff drew nil-nil with MK Dons in the Championship on Saturday.

Slade - Cutting Edge Cost Us Again

Manager Russell Slade was left bemoaning a lack of cutting edge following the scoreless draw with MK Dons at the weekend.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MK Dons MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall2%
Fabio0%
Ecuele Manga0%
Connolly33%
Malone0%
Ameobi16%
O'Keefe33%
Ralls0%
Whittingham0%
Pilkington0%
Lawrence16%
Sub - Zohore0%
Sub - Macheda0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
2 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 MK Dons 30 7 7 16 28 -18
21 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Charlton Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 12:30PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 12:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)