Date and Time: Saturday 14th April
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Tim Robinson
Cardiff City will be hoping to respond after falling out of the automatic promotion places after suffering a narrow loss to Aston Villa when making the long trip to face Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
The Bluebirds will be looking to make a statement after losing two games on the spin against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa, respectively.
The performances haven’t been bad from Warnock’s men, but they now need to show more grit and desire than ever if they’re to book their place in the Premier League to avoid the Championship play-offs.
They will be hoping to start that off with a win over Norwich City, who showed they’re more than capable of pulling off a big coup after defeating Aston Villa 3-1 at home last weekend.
Neil Warnock knows the task which lies ahead, but this is a game ideally they need to win if they’re to finish in the automatic promotion places come the end of the season.
If Cardiff win on Saturday, they could momentarily move back above Fulham into second-place before the Cottagers host Brentford in a London Derby, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports at 17:30 on Saturday evening.
The Canaries have had mix form of late, and over the past six games, they sit 14th in the form table overall. They’re unbeaten in their last two games, having beaten Aston Villa and drawn with Sunderland over their last two games.
Cardiff need to make a statement to the rest of the league on Saturday, mainly to show they still mean business in the promotion race and a win over Daniel Farke’s side could help spark life back into their season after falling to two straight defeats.
However, their record against Norwich in recent years hasn’t been great. Apart from their win over the Canaries earlier on in the season, the Bluebirds had lost four straight games against Norwich prior to that.
Farke’s troops have a very exciting prospect in James Maddison, too. The attacking midfielder has been in superb form for the East Anglian outfit this season having bagged 14 goals, and chipping in with eight assists in the 40 appearances he has made.
He is an extraordinary and will surely be subject to offers from Premier League clubs this summer, and the 21 year-old will be hoping to add to his case as being one of the best playmakers in the league when going up against the Championship’s best defence on Saturday afternoon.
The referee who will take charge of proceedings comes in the form of Tim Robinson. The experienced official has handed out a staggering 139 yellow cards, as well as 11 red cards in just 43 games this season.
Robinson has also overseen three Cardiff games this season, including the wins over Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa in South Wales.
Cardiff are a brilliant outfit, make no mistake about it. They deserve to be where they’re, make no mistake about it. But it is these games that count the most, and a win on Saturday would hand the Bluebirds an absolutely massive boost as the Championship season closes in on its finale.
The Canaries have a huge list of long-term injury problems. Marco Stiepermann, scorer of the goal when Norwich City lost 3-1 in the Welsh Capital, is expected to miss the game with a groin problem.
The Bluebirds may hand Junior Hoilett a rest, and replace him with Jamie Ward, who has recently returned from injury. Kenneth Zohore could lead the line once more for the Bluebirds, despite having a lack of service in the Bluebirds last encounter against Aston Villa.
2017: Cardiff City 0-1 Norwich