The third game in a week and yours truly is struggling to keep up. This time, it’s a trip to the North, where the trains are bad and they claim they are roundly ignored in the press but actually, issues relating to the North of England tend to get disproportionate coverage compared to, say, issues in the South West or Wales. It’s time for us to visit Blackburn…

Blackburn Rovers vs. Cardiff City
SkyBet Championship
Ewood Park, Blackburn
24th August 2019
Referee: UNKNOWN

How Cardiff may lineup…

And three things to look out for…

Tomlin or out. Tomlin was roundly praised for his performance on Wednesday, and quite right too. The former outcast clearly brought some class to proceedings, linking well with Glatzel. But will Warnock trust him on an away trip? My hunch is no and we may see Vaulks slot back in behind Glatzel.

Bacuna and Ralls. With literally no other choice available, Bacuna and Ralls will likely continue in midfield. Bacuna is quickly becoming the scapegoat for a lot of fans, maligned for having a very bad game at Reading. But he wasn’t the only one. He’s better in the middle of the park and he needs to do the simple things well away at Blackburn. Get the ball to Ralls and Vaulks and screen the defence.

Bench boys. Cameron Coxe and Ciaron Brown have both been in and around the matchday squad this season. Brown got his first bench appearance last week and the same could happen for Coxe today. Warnock is often criticised for not trusting youth and it’d great to see him start looking at his younger troops and the options they can bring. 

Players to watch out for..

Blackburn’s squad is littered with players who, though they may have slightly faded, could still hurt us. Danny Graham will be looking to cause some pain to Cardiff, as he used to pay for our little brothers down west, and Stewart Downing could cause us some trouble with his wand of a left boot. 

Then there is Bradley Dack, a player we should be doing everything we can to sign. A perfect number 10 at this level, he plays his role superbly, between the lines but he also knows when to break past the defence. And he’s got lovely hair.

Worst Case Result 

All of a sudden, our squad looks as bit thin. Pack’s injury really has hurt us and with Paterson not quite back to full fitness, our options in the middle of the park are dwindling slightly. Plus, three games in a week is going to take its toll. Blackburn have won two, and lost two. I can see us losing 1-0. 

Best Case Result 

Wednesday, while not perfect, was far better than Reading and we actually dominated the attacking part of the game. That’s something we haven’t done for a little while so we need to keep that going. If we ensure we stay on the front foot, we should have enough to come away with a 2-1 win.