Cardiff City Preview vs Arsenal

Another week and another goalless league display from the Bluebirds, but after a midweek squad experiment led to a 3-1 Carabao Cup loss to Norwich, it must be back to basics as Cardiff host Arsenal on Sunday.

A first meeting against one of the top six with Chelsea and Man City quickly following. Cardiff must look at this as the best opportunity of a challenging period.

Much like the previous week, they’ll be kicking themselves having not got all three points against Huddersfield.

Set pieces were again the focal point of attack, and a solid defensive performance means Cardiff have the joint second-best defence in the league.

That may change on Sunday, with former fan favourite Aaron Ramsey returning with Unai Emery’s side having picked up their first points of the season.

The last Premier League meeting between the sides produced a 2-0 Arsenal win.

With Cardiff’s goal threat lacking, a similar score line doesn’t look out of the question.

If they’re allowed to get into full flow, as they did in the second half against West Ham on Saturday, then Cardiff could be in for a long afternoon.

Harry Arter will therefore be key in stifling the Arsenal possession.

Playing on the front foot may be out of Cardiff’s comfort zone, but it’s what gave West Ham an early lead on Saturday, and what produced a memorable 3-2 Cardiff win against Man City in 2013. Cardiff v Man city

Warnock may well be inclined to change the man up top and who could blame him, with Danny Ward one of the few who impressed against Norwich.

But this is the game for Zohore.

An attacking side that won’t sit deep like Newcastle, with a pair of centre-halves that won’t like the physicality of the Danish forward.

Score here and the first three games will be forgotten.

Mendez-Laing is out for the foreseeable future after a collision against Huddersfield, and Hoilett may be rushed back in to compensate this.

Predicted line-up:

4-3-3

Etheridge

Peltier - Morrison - Bamba - Bennett

Camarasa - Ralls - Arter

Hoilett - Zohore - Murphy

Cardiff’s home form was one of the few positives from their last Premier League campaign, and a sell-out Cardiff City Stadium will need to be rocking come Sunday to get the Bluebirds off the mark.

 

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