Well, what a week it’s been for Cardiff fans. After the loss against Wigan, we’ve dealt with a full range of emotions from optimism down to sheer desolation to some suggesting a full-blown protest at the ground because we sold Bobby Reid. You can read our reaction to Reid being sold elsewhere so I won’t dwell on it too much. Instead, we’re going to look ahead to the Luton game this coming Saturday. The first home this season. Tickets are in short supply so there should be a good crowd to see the City take on Luton…

Cardiff City vs. Luton Town
SkyBet Championship 
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
9th August 2019, 3pm 
Referee: Darren Bond

How Cardiff may line up

And three things to watch out for 

Goalie which? With Etheridge out for a few months, according to Warnock, there is some debate about which of our other goalies gets to stake their claim for the number one jersey. Joe Day signed in the summer and was quickly thrust into action against Wigan you can’t knock him for any of the goals. The fact he was on the bench ahead of Smithies suggests Day may get the nod on Saturday – but there is a bit of clamour for Smithies to be given a chance. I’ve gone with Day but equally, wouldn’t be surprised if Smithies is given a shot. 

Whyte’s debut? In his Friday press conference, Warnock intimated that Whyte had been looking good in training. With Reid gone, and Murphy incredibly inconsistent, Neil may be tempted to throw Gavlar right into the mix. It sounds like he’s the kind of winger that Cardiff fans really go for – direct, quick, and gets to the line. With a big striker in the middle, and players like Vassell and Paterson backing him up, Whyte could be the perfect foil for this team. 

Glatzel all over. After his big-money move, and then finishing his suspension, Glatzel surely gets the start on Saturday. There’s a fair bit of expectation on his shoulders and he’s got four strikers behind him to fend off. Glatzel looks every bit of a Warnock player and if he gets the right support, he could be a success. I can see him getting 60-70 tomorrow with Bogle and Vassell starting on the bench. Bogle may feel hard done by after his goal last weekend but it’s clear Glatzel is our talisman this year and that’s why he will start. 

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Bonus thing to watch out for

Reiding into it. With Reid gone, that opens up space in the midfield. Vaulks didn’t play against Wigan and will be itching to show the fans what he can do. Ralls is going to be our key man in the middle and I can see a middle three of Pack-Vaulks-Ralls starting tomorrow and I’m ok with that. Pack can screen, Ralls can do the simple things, and Vaulks can play slightly further ahead. Vaulks scored and assisted plenty for Rotherham last year and with attacking players making runs ahead of him, I can see him enjoying that role. Until Paterson comes back, that is…

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Luton players to watch out for

As discussed on the VFTN podcast, Luton’s team is full of good quality Championship players. Callum McManaman has pace to burn and Jacob Butterfield has been involved in some great Championship sides of recent years. They’ve done well to fill their squad with players who know this league. 

They also showed against ‘Boro that they are no pushovers and James Collins has hit the ground running. He’s scored goals at every level and got off the mark last week with the equaliser late on. He got 25 goals at League One level last season and it seems like the momentum has continued. He’s a big lad so Flint and Moz will have their handsful. 

Best Case Result 

Warnock won’t accept anything less than a win after Wigan and the transfer window. The fans will be going into the game with expectations of a decent performance and they’ll want to see some passion and heart from the starting XI. There’s no doubt that we have the quality to get something from the game and I can see a 2-0 win for Cardiff. Glatzel will get a goal and Ralls will get another. 

Worst Case Result 

The fans are slightly miffed at the Reid news and there are a few worries over the defence and the result against Wigan. If we don’t start well, the big crowd could get on the players back and things could start to turn. Luton are scrappy and will see us a scalp and that could mean us panicking and retreating backward. If Luton sense any weakness, they will pounce and could come away with a 2-1 win.