Monday’s defeat at Everton was pretty lousy, and no one should be fooled by the end scoreline being close. We were torn apart by Everton and that first 45 minutes was as painful to watch as any others that this manager and his team have managed to serve up. The fact that it followed the bad result vs. Hull didn’t help.
But this weekend, it’s a trip to South Wales to face, newly promoted, Cardiff City. However, its a very different looking Cardiff City, to our last trip there. Their Malaysian investors have changed their home colours from blue and white to red and black.
Having secured promotion from the second division the board supported their manager, Malky Mackay in the transfer market by sanction deals for Gary Medel, £9.5m from Seville, Stephen Caulker, £8m from Spurs, Andreas Cormelius £7.5m from FC Copenhagen, Peter Odemwingie, £2.5m from WBA and Kevin Theophile-Catherine £2m from Rennes.
They sit in 11th place on 8 points and have a home record of one win, (vs Man City 3-2) 1 draw (vs Everton 0-0) and 1 loss, a last minute heartbreak job (vs Spurs 0-1). Ex-mackem striker, Fraizer Campbell has 2 goals so far. Whilst Cormelius is the only injury doubt, The Bluebirds are free from suspensions.
To be fair to the manager, he did make important decisions vs. Everton such as leaving Papiss Cisse on the bench. How Debuchy has escaped being dropped is beyond me, frankly, he’s fucking shit and his cool hair cut and reputation amongst the computer game fraternity cuts no ice with me. The fucker is useless and his mate on the other side is just as bad. Dummett’s performances suggest he’s worth a try and as Santon’s defensive play goes from bad to worse, now seems a good to me to give the kid a shot. In the middle, Yanga-Mbiwa got a lot of criticism, nearly all of it has been completely justified, however, his partner alongside him, has been dire too but he somehow escapes scrutiny. He looks weak as piss as soon as a striker with a bit of a physique comes up against him, and we need to acknowledge Mike Williamson performed better than both Yanga-Mibiwa and Coloccini at Goodison, *reaches for the brandy* whether Pardew is considering changes in the back four, time will tell. This may be the last chance for some before action is taken.
In midfield, for me, Sissoko is still showing nothing to warrant a place and Pardew needs to decide his best midfield formation and go with it. Shola Ameobi should be back in contention now, so there are options up front too.
Massadio Haidara – knee – no return date
Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year
Jonas Gutierrez – hamstring – back after international break
Steven Taylor – Hamstring
Possible Team (4-2-1-2-1)
1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Coloccini, 3. Santon: 8. Cabaye, 4. Tiote: 10. Anita: 7. Ben Arfa, 11. Gouffran: 9. Remy:
Elliot, Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Marveaux, Cisse, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Kevin Friend
League History at Cardiff
Games are few and far between in recent times in south Wales.
1981-82 An absolute romp, winning 4-0 with an Imre Varadi treble and an Ian Davies penalty
1983-84 A 2-0 win with goals from Kevin Keegan and Peter Beardsley on our way to promotion. See the goals here after the Swansea
2009-10 on our way to winning the championship, we won in Wales 1-0 through a Coloccini header although Alan Smith was red carded for receiving 2 yellow cards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJqb2zeCq7I
Bobbing Along http://freespace.virgin.net/bobbing.cardiffcity/
A bit of a message board thingy http://www.cardiffcityforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18669
Keep your peepers peeled on twitter for the #MagsInCardiff tweets which will hopefully prove useful.
Hmm. Who’d predict us at the minute? I expect a defeat, as I just don’t think Pardew has the answers at the moment. Cardiff 2-1 Newcastle
Craig Bellamy will more than likely destroy us, but Whittingham’s delivery can be outstanding on his day.
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