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Preview from the Ninian: Cardiff City vs. QPR

Preview from the Ninian: Cardiff City vs. QPR

Queens Park Rangers. I really don’t have much to say about them as a club. We beat them in the playoff final in 2003. That was class. When I lived in Shepherd’s Bush, I went to watch them play Walsall in the League Cup on a cold Tuesday night and the man next to me, who smelt like a cold house, laughed at me when I spilt coffee down myself. So, I guess, I hate QPR. 

Cardiff City vs. QPR 
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
SkyBet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
7:45pm
Referee: Matthew Donohue

How Cardiff may lineup…

Three things to look out for 

Midfield decisions. Lee Tomlin was the starter, and then he got whiplash. He wasn’t in the squad on Saturday. Paterson started and then was dropped. He was on the bench on Saturday. Tomlin has gone to great lengths to show just how good he’s been in training but does he come back in? He, in all honesty, wasn’t effective enough during his starts and now Pack is back, that leaves two spaces to fight over. Ralls and Bacuna look the most likely to start alongside him. Does Tomlin start on the bench? I’d like him to. We do need a player with a bit of spark to come in should it be required. 

Wingdings. It’s a common theme but when we have choices, we should talk about them. Hoilett was perhaps a surprise starter on Saturday but Warnock likes his defensive work. Whyte is starting to prove himself and is also good in defence. At home, you’d hope Warnock would take the shackles off slightly and go for a more attacking option. Both Murphy and NML have something to prove. Murphy could start and should be trusted to run at the QPR defence at every opportunity. 

Danny. Danny Ward. Everyone’s favourite striker because Zohore was rubbish last season, Ward looked determined to score against Hull and that equaliser will give him a confidence boost. He struggled with injury last year but fans clamour for him but he can’t start ahead of Glatzel. Glatzel needs to be our main striker and with his first goal from open play, I fancy him to get another tomorrow night. Ward is a great option off the bench currently and I would like to see them both on the pitch at one point. I’d be interested to see Glatzel play off an actual, determined targetman. And Ward could be that man. 

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QPR players to watch out for

My West Ham supporting mate said Jordan Hugill looked like he’d won a competition to play for West Ham. But he’s hit the ground running for QPR. Five goals already ths season, him and Nakhi Wells are forming quite a partnership. Indeed a quick look at Wells wikipedia reveals this alarming fact:

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No offence to QPR, but their team isn’t full of household names. And while that may be a criticism, it  isn’t exactly important at this level. Eze in midfield has started this season in sparkling form and he’s exactly the kind of player we struggle against. A player who runs from deep with quick feet, willing to take players on and with a variety of goals in his locker. Bacuna is likely to have his hands full tracking him. 

Worst case result

We’re six games unbeaten in the league but only two of those have been wins. We aren’t converting our games into wins and that could be a problem. QPR have goals in their forward line and tricky midfielders to back them up. If we don’t get a couple goes ahead, we could easily be pegged back. 2-1 QPR. 

Best Case Result 

We’re six games unbeaten and showing that we are hard to beat. Two late winners against Luton and Huddersfield plus a 92nd minute equaliser at Hull shows that we aren’t letting games go easily. The CCS needs to become a fortress and getting a win tomorrow will go some way to solidifying it. Cardiff 2-0.

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