Predicted Cardiff City Line-up To Face Wolves In The EFL Championship
On Friday night, Cardiff host league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, hoping to close the gap and put pressure on the men from the Black Country. Cardiff have had the perfect season and have not lost a game in the league since New Years Day.
The Bluebirds are hard to break down and as Sheffield United found out this weekend, Cardiff are a tough team to get any kind of result from. Cardiff will feel that a win here would let them start planning for next season in the Premier League and not worry about the lottery of the playoffs.
Probable Cardiff City XI
Manager: Neil Warnock
GK – Neil Etheridge
Neil Etheridge has played every game for Cardiff this year and has thrived with a solid defence in front of him. He will have more work than usual against the best attack in the league.
LB – Joe Bennett
Another player who has been there for Neil Warnock all season, Joe Bennett is a very solid player.
CB – Sol Bamba
The big man from the Ivory Coast has been a rock at the back for his side this season. He does the dirty work and loves keeping clean sheets.
CB – Sean Morrison
The former Reading defender has been a part of the settled Cardiff defence that has kept so many Championship strikers quiet.
RB – Bruno Ecuele Manga
The tough-tackling 29-year-old from Gabon always works hard for his team. He contributes more defensively than offensively.
CM – Aron Gunnarsson
The Icelandic midfielder breaks up play so well in the middle of the park. He will need to be at his defensive best to try and frustrate the Wolves attackers.
CM – Marko Grujic
The on-loan Liverpool midfielder has given Cardiff an extra outlet. He is so good on the ball.
LW – Junior Holliet
The main attacking threat in the Cardiff team, Junior Holliet has got 10 goals and 11 assists this season. An impressive return.
AM – Callum Paterson
The 23-year-old Scotsman has fitted in well since joining from Hearts at the beginning of the season. 9 goals from the midfield is a good return for his first season at this level.
RW – Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
The 25-year-old attacker can lose the ball but he takes risks in the final third which could turn out to be a moment of magic.
ST – Kenneth Zohore
Zohore is a classic No.9 who will make it difficult for the Wolves defenders to get into their rhythm. He is always up for the physical battle.