Cardiff City v Norwich City
Cardiff City Stadium, Saturday 3:00 kick off
A steady start to the season for both of these former Premier League sides and with the transfer window now shut they will be looking to build a run of results.
Cardiff made a par start to the season by their aims in pushing for promotion putting 8 points on the board from the opening 5 games. The Bluebirds have been handed a tricky start to the season and they are still in the midst of a difficult run that will continue to test their squad depth. Progression in the League Cup sets up 7 games in 21 days for Cardiff and it is an opportunity to notch up some points and climb up into the top 6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has one of the widest ranges of striking options to choose from in the Championship (Norwich are not far behind), but Kenwyne Jones has been the man of the moment so far with 4 league goals already. Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda are among the strikers waiting to get off the mark in the league and they will all play a vital part at some stage this season.
Norwich have showed that little bit extra in comparison to Cardiff with 2 more points on the board for Neil Adams and his Canaries. After an opening weekend defeat to Wolves the squad has upped their effort levels and currently stand unbeaten in 5 games in all competitions scoring 11 goals and conceding 3 in that run. Deadline day saw Norwich sell long time servant Andrew Surman to Bournemouth as he looks for more regular game time, but they did also sign a couple of new players. Ignasi Miquel joins on a 3-year deal from Arsenal whilst fellow defender Jos Hooiveld signs on a season long loan from Southampton. The latter was a key part in the Saints promotion to the Premier League in the 2011/12 season and he will be hoping to repeat that feat with Norwich. The Canaries managed to hold onto key players in the window and one of those includes Bradley Johnson who has been with the club since 2011. The midfielder is the club’s vice-captain and in a game that will be tough test he is the key man who will look to control the game.
Score prediction: 2-2 draw