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Preview: Cardiff (H)

25 November 2017

Nottingham Forest are in action at The City Ground for the second time this week as Cardiff City are the visitors to Trentside.

The Reds picked up a fourth home win in a row on Tuesday night, defeating Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Daryl Murphy's strike, and they will be keen to carry that on on Sunday.

With three home clean sheets on the spin as well, The City Ground is quickly becoming a difficult place to visit but Cardiff will pose a stern test for Mark Warburton's side.

The Bluebirds have been flying so far this season, sitting pretty in second place ahead of this weekend's fixtures. Neil Warnock has turned his side round from potential relegation candidates to Championship pace-setters and they will be looking for another three points on the road.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Joe Worrall.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa will be missing for The Reds after limping off during the win over Norwich on Tuesday, but there are plenty of options for Mark Warburton to choose from on Sunday.

Warburton said: "Tendayi is in a boot at the moment, so we will be looking at a couple of weeks to see how he is after the swelling goes down.

"The medical team have been outstanding; to see we have so many selection problems is because the team have done such a good job.

"Everyone else is looking fit and well so we will so how we go. We have options; Armand Traore is fit and well, we have Eric Lichaj, we know Michael Mancienne can play there, Matty Cash can play right back with a real energy and quality and Ben Osborn can fill in at left back. We have that flexibility of player which is so important to the squad."

Liam Bridcutt will serve a one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Norwich. Danny Fox and Jack Hobbs remain sidelined while Chris Cohen has stepped up his recovery by returning to training this week.

From the opposition

Neil Warnock is expecting a tough challenge at The City Ground on Sunday and is expecting a level of commitment from his players.

Speaking to Cardiff's official website, he said: "There are no easy games in this league. But it will not be easy for them either - that's the way I look at it.

"I'm sure our lads will be up for it, and the fans too. We had a brave 250-odd the other night, in terrible conditions on a Tuesday night in Barnsley. All credit to those that travelled.

"They made themselves heard as well - I suppose you had to sing to keep warm."

He added: "We've had Zohore, Mendez-Laing and Gunnarsson out of our team, and if you take three of the best players out of any team in this league, you'll miss them.

"But we haven't bleated about that, we've just got on with it. The lads who've come in have stepped up. They've done really well to fit in and do what I want them to do.

"We keep working 'till the end. That's why we got the reward at Barnsley, where I thought we got stronger as the game went on."

One to watch - Joe Ralls

Midfielder Joe Ralls has been a consistent figure in the Cardiff midfield this season and has been a key component of the side which has performed well.

He has chipped in with four goals as well and has become an important part of Neil Warnock's side.

He made his Cardiff debut as a 17-year-old against Oxford United in the League Cup in 2011 and struck his first goal against Hull City two months later. He gained further first-team experience on loan at newly-promoted Yeovil Town in 2013-14 and featured 37 times for The Glovers in the Championship, scoring three times.

Ralls has since developed into a key player in the Cardiff midfield, either on the wing or in the centre, and has made over 150 appearances for The Bluebirds.

Last visit

Tickets

It's Kids for a Quid on Sunday with tickets for ages 4-15 costing just £1. 

Full ticket details can be found here.

Coverage

The match is not being televised in the UK, so the only way to watch the game live is by booking your seat. Overseas fans will be able to watch the game on iFollow Forest and there will also be audio commentary available.

There will also be coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Barnsley v Leeds (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Ipswich
Burton v Sunderland
Fulham v Millwall
Hull v Bristol City
Middlesbrough v Derby
Norwich v Preston
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Wolves v Bolton
Sheffield United v Birmingham (5.30pm)
QPR v Brentford (Monday, 7.45pm)


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