Date and Time: Friday 1st December (19:45)
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Andy Davies
Cardiff City will be looking to make it four wins on the spin when hosting Daniel Farke’s Norwich City in the Welsh Capital on Friday evening.
The Bluebirds have hit fine form in recent weeks and have won three Championship outings on the bounce – against Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Brentford, respectively.
Neil Warnock’s men have had their fair share of critics in recent weeks, but it hasnt’t seemed to affect them, with the Bluebirds flying in the Championship at the moment.
Norwich City could prove to be a tricky test on Friday evening, but they will more than fancy their chances of obtaining three points against the Canaries, given their recent run of form.
However, that being said, the Bluebirds have lost their last four games against Norwich City and haven’t defeated the Norfolk outfit, since their 2-1 win over the Canaries at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Premier League.
Cardiff have also failed to record a Championship victory against the Canaries since they beat them 3-1 in 2010.
Norwich have yet to get going this season in the Championship, and are currently sitting comfortably in mid-table, having picked up a total of 24 points from 17 games, which sees them placed 15th in the league table.
Daniel Farke’s side are currently enduring a torrid run of form, having failed to win in any of their last six Championship encounters – the last time the Canaries won a game was in the East Anglian Derby at Portman Road.
They’ll be looking to get back on Friday evening when making the long journey down to the Welsh Capital to face the Bluebirds.
The last couple of games have proven to some extent, that possession-based football doesn’t work against the Bluebirds and the Canaries on average, have 53.2% of the ball, so it could well work in Cardiff’s favour.
The Bluebirds have been solid at home throughout the first few months of the season and will be keen to stretch their unbeaten home run against Norwich City.
Warnock’s men are currently third in the Championship form table at home, having recorded six wins and three draws in nine games – the Bluebirds are also the only team in the Championship table, which are unbeaten at home.
The Canaries on the other hand, have a mixed bag of form on the road. Farke’s men are placed 10th in the away form table, and have won four, lost four and drawn once in their previous nine encounters on their travels.
The referee which will take control of proceedings at the Cardiff City Stadium is Andy Davies, and the man from Hampshire has already shown a whooping 41 yellow cards in just 10 games, included eight in one game in the fixture between Brentford and Derby, which finished 1-1.
In-spite of their current form, Norwich can be a threat in an attacking sense, especially with the likes of James Maddison and Cameron Jerome amongst their ranks.
Former Coventry City player Maddison, has hit the ground running this season, scoring on a total of four occasions and assisting twice.
Experienced, former Cardiff City man Cameron Jerome, will be keen to come back and haunt his former club. However, the 31 year-old, has struggled so far this season, scoring on just the one occasion for the Canaries.
Marco Siepermann, a summer signing from VFL Bochum, has fitted in well at Carrow Road and the versatile midfield player could be one to keep a close eye on – he has two assists and three man of the match displays since his move, and he could certainly pose a threat to the Bluebirds backline.
But, for all of Norwich’s attacking flair, they have failed to live up to expectation this season, and this is a game where Cardiff will be heavily favoured.
And a win will mean they maintain second place and close in to just a point off leaders, Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the leaders facing Birmingham City at St. Andrews on Monday evening.
It won’t be an easy game by any means, but it’s one, if the Bluebirds are intent on keeping the pressure on Wolverhampton Wanderers, ideally need to win and show a statement of intent to the Championship leaders.
The Bluebirds could welcome back Dane striker Kenneth Zohore, after Warnock revealed he could return against the Canaries. However, following Danny Ward’s stunning 30-yard strike in Cardiff’s last outing against Nottingham Forest, he could retain his place. Omar Bogle remains suspended.
Daniel Farke’s side on the other hand, have hit somwhat of an injury crisis this season. The Canaries will be without long-term absentees Alex Pritchard and Matthew Jarvis – Portuguese forward Nelson Oliveira, will be expected to lead the line for the visitors.