Another week, another derby. This time the Severn Derby, with Bristol City swinging their tractor into town on Sunday. It’s been *checks notes* a full season since we last played Bristol and since then, two Robins have decided they’d rather wear blue and Lee Johnson still hasn’t gotten any taller. These games are always good ones and it’s a midday kick off at the CCS.
Cardiff City vs. Bristol City
Sunday 10th November, midday
Cardiff City Stadium
How Cardiff may lineup
Three things to watch out for
Bogle or Paterson. During the promotion season, Omar Bogle’s Cardiff career was effectively finished by a red card at Ashton Gate. It was a red card but Omar had endured some pretty rough treatment from the Robins players. It’s almost a stage is set moment for Omar as he is surely in line to start as both Ward (suspension) and Glatzel (injured) are out. People have crowed on about Madine this week but if it’s not Bogez, I wonder if we’ll see Pats back up top…
Toml-in. Joey Ralls looks set to miss out with a groin injury meaning Bacuna and Pack are likely to start in the defensive midfield slots. Ahead of them, I would like to see Tomlin back. Sometimes we miss that link between midfield and attack and in a game that’s going to be a bit tense, and space will be at a premium, Tomlin could make a difference. Linking Bacuna and Pack to Bogle and the wingers will be key.
Ar-man(d) is back. Joe Bennett has been woeful this season. His form has deteriorated rapidly and it’s likely to do with the lack of any competition for him. With that in mind, Warnock has bought Armad Traore back into the fold. It’s great to see him back. He clearly loves the club and this team and he’s here in the short term but I hope sticks around for longer. He could go straight onto the bench this weekend.
Players to watch out for.
A few years ago, Bristol’s side was packed full of names to really fret over. But then we bought them all. Just kidding. Bristol are no mugs. They are currently sixth in the table but not out of reach of us. They’ve got strikers with goals in them. Weimann is having a great year so far and with players like Diedhiou and Afobe backing him up, whoever they put up front could cause us trouble.
I also like the look of O’Dowda in the middle of the park. He’s a leggy midfielder who knows where the goal is and could cause us problems.
Worst Case Result
If we lose on Sunday and the players don’t perform, things could become toxic again. A loss isn’t the end of the world – a loss without a fight could be. If Bristol beat us 2-0 and we don’t even turn up, that’s the worst case.
Best Case Result
Warnock could have one in the eye for his doubters with a win this weekend. The players showed some heart against Birmingham but Sunday is bigger and a win here could be big for a number of reasons. We would make up vital ground on teams like Bristol and if other results go our way, a win would lift us up the table. And we’d beat the old enemy. 2-0.