30 Aug – 19:45
Who will be the winner?
Analysis of Cardiff City
After 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, the home team is in the 14th position, havinf won 7 points so far. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against Blackburn Rovers by (0‑0), after in the previous match they have won (2‑1) at home, against Huddersfield Town. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the League Cup, they got a home loss against Luton Town by (0‑3). In the last 10 home matches Cardiff City has won 5 and lost 5. They haven’t been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Cardiff come to this game after a 0-3 home defeat to Luton, in a match to count for the League Cup. Note that the home team drew 0-0 against Blackburn in the last round of this competition. In this match against Fulham, one of the most dangerous teams of this championship, coach Neil Warnock should favor a fast playing style by the aisles, that means defending organized and leaving in the transitions: Murphy and Whyte are very fast and strong in carrying the ball to the attack. For this game the manager cannot count on Richards, Marlon Pack, Connolly and Bamba, all with physical problems.
Analysis of Fulham
The away team is currently in the 5th position of the league, with 9 points won, after 3 wins and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Millwall, by (4‑0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Nottingham Forest, by (1‑2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 26 conceded; against 6 wins and 9 losses at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 23 conceded. In their last match, for the League Cup, they got a home loss against Southampton by (0‑1). In the last 10 away matches Fulham has won 2, tied 1 and lost 7. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Fulham arrive for this game unmotivated after being eliminated from the League Cup, losing 0-1 to Southampton. It should be noted that the visitors recorded a defeat in their last league game against Nottingham Forest, by 1-2. Now in this game against Cardiff, coach Scott Parker should benefit from maintaining ball possession and organized attacks, especially through the right aisle. At the individual level we highlight Aleksandar Mitrovic, being the best scorer, with 4 goals scored. The entire squad is available for this round.