Cardiff are the only side yet to score a goal, and a low-on-confidence Huddersfield, who’ve conceded a league worst nine goals in their opening games, will surely provide a golden opportunity for Neil Warnock’s men to get off the mark.
The Bluebirds were lucky to escape with a point after a 95th minute Newcastle penalty was saved by Neil Etheridge, his second in as many games. However their performance merited all three, and the increase in quality from their opening game with Bournemouth leaves room for optimism.
Cardiff City travel to Huddersfield on Saturday for what can surely be seen as one of their most winnable away days in the calendar.
Debutants Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa provided the creative outlet that the game against Bournemouth was crying out for, and if Kenneth Zohore is to start again, he’ll need to be much sharper in front of goal.
As Warnock knows only too well, chances in the Premier League are hard to come by, and this inexperienced Bluebirds attack need to start delivering.
Josh Murphy bounced back after an error at Bournemouth to a Man of the Match performance, and he’ll be key to exploiting a sluggish Huddersfield defence (granted they were up against the champions).
On the other flank, Mendez-Laing could start ahead of Junior Hoilett who picked up a knock, with either Zohore or Reid in the no.9. Harry Arter will be tasked with containing Huddersfield’s main man, Aaron Mooy, back from missing the Man City game due to the birth of his child.
Manga – Morrison – Bamba – Bennett
Camarasa – Ralls – Arter
Mendez-Laing – Zohore – Murphy
Relying on their solid defence, Cardiff will look to hit a more ball-playing Huddersfield on the counter-attack, and hope the Terriers are suffering from second-season syndrome.
The Bluebirds fans will pack a sell-out away end once again and will need to be in good voice for what is a must-win. As after travelling to the John Smiths stadium, September brings a bitter start of facing Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City.