Last weekend saw Cardiff City get their first three points of the season in dramatic fashion. Isaac Vassell, written off by many, came off the bench to combine with fellow substitute Junior Hoilett for the winning goal. In the 95th minute. After the loss to Wigan, it proved a vital three points and the style of the win will have lifted the spirits of Cardiff fans making the long and arduous trip to…Reading on Sunday. The M4 derby is on…

Reading vs. Cardiff City 
SkyBet Championship
The Madjeski Stadium, Reading 
Sunday 18th August 2019, 12pm
Referee: Andy Davies

How Cardiff City could lineup…

And three things to watch out for

The Blowing Wings of Change. Whyte and Murphy started on the wings last week and Murphy was heavily involved, but squandered chances, while Whyte gave it his all but looked a little nervy. The question is do they start again? Hoilett came off the bench and set up the vital goal and NML may be ready to return from injury. My bet would be that Murphy and Hoilett start this one but it’s interesting to note that we have four genuine options on the wings. 

Pack-ing Vaulks in. Joey Ralls was taken ill last Saturday and only returned to training on Thursday. Bacuna seems to have fallen quickly out of favour and Tomlin has, in Warnock’s words, been full of sh*t this week. Literally. So does that mean the first start for Vaulks alongside Pack? It already feels like Marlon is going to be our midfield lynchpin this season, and with a rolling cast of Vaulks, Ralls, Bacuna, Tomlin (if he stays) alongside him, there’s the option of switching things up. 

Pats n’ Glatz. With Paterson getting the nod in the number 10 role, Reading defenders can be sure of a tough day at the office. Paterson will fight for everything in the air and Glatzel is no slouch either. Paterson and Glatzel could an incredibly dynamic and robust pairing up top. Both can win headers, finish, and both can be the foil for each other.

Reading players to watch out for

There are a couple of players to keep an eye on, for completely different reasons. Despite being under a soft embargo for spending too much money on transfer fees and wages, Reading were granted approval to spend around £7m on George Puscas from Inter. The Romanian striker hit 10 goals for Palermo last season and comes with hefty expectations upon his shoulders.

The other player is Charlie Adam, a man who is still only 33 despite having looked 45 since he was, presumably, born. A lot of people are writing him off this year but he’s just the kind of player who will be a thorn in our side. He’ll probably score a free kick or put in a reducer on one of our players. He’s just that kinda of guy.

Best Case Result 

Reading are hotly tipped for relegation this year, even though they ended up spending big in the transfer window. They’ve lost two in a row this season and dominated possession up at Hull last week. Which, probably, plays into our hands. There was plenty to be encouraged about against Luton and if we can continue our attacking intent, we should be too strong for Reading. 2-0. 

Worst Case Result 

Reading improved last season under Gomes and they could spring a surprise or two this season. They have some good Championship experience mixed in with some youth and a few unknown quantities to boot. If Joao and Puscas can link up well in attack, they could have some goals in them. We can’t give them an inch and if we do, this could be a 2-0 loss.