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MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY (A)

10 September 2015

Town travel to Cardiff this Saturday

Chris Powell's side are looking to bounce back from their narrow late 1-0 defeat at home to QPR before the International break as Town go over the Welsh border to face Cardiff City on 12 September 2015.

Powell's side are yet to get off the winning mark this season drawing three of their opening five Sky Bet Championship games, losing the other two.  

Town have secured nine points from their last ten games on the road winning one at Nottingham Forest, drawing six and losing just three.  Town were within seconds of a win last time away but were denied by a last gasp equaliser at Fulham.

Eyes will be on Mark Hudson who will be hoping to be fit after hobbling off at half-time against QPR with an ankle injury sustained at Fulham. Swansea-born Emyr Huws will also be looking for game time as he completes his final stages of rehab and Sean Scannell will have the added benefit of the international break to recover from his tight hamstring.

Town could hand debuts to latest signings Jamie Paterson, Elliott Ward and Emyr Huws. Mustapha Carayol could also get his first start having played the final 10 minutes last time out against QPR. 

Cardiff have been in fine form under Russell Slade this season and are undefeated sitting in 5th place in the Sky Bet Championship after five games. They have secured victories against Wolves and most recently away at Nottingham Forest winning 2-1. Cardiff could call upon former Town players Sean Morrison, Lee Peltier and Anthony Pilkington.

City will benefit from a settled defence having played the same four in all but one of their five games this season. Cardiff usually play 4-4-2 and typically start with Joe Mason upfront alongside either Kenwyne Jones or Alex Revell who so far have scored five goals collectively.  

Cardiff will be checking on the fitness of David Marshall and Anthony Pilkington having both returned from international duty while Ben Turner and Federico Macheda will both miss out through injury.

Cardiff Home form last 5 home games:            LDWDL
Huddersfield Away form last 5 away games:     WDDLD

The last time the two sides met at the Cardiff City Stadium, Mark Lillis took charge of the first game of his second spell as Caretaker-manager following the departure of Mark Robins. 

Cardiff, who were then managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and captained by Mark Hudson ran out 3-1 winners on the day. The goals came from Peter Whittingham and two from Kenwyne Jones for Cardiff with Murray Wallace on target for Town.

There have been wholesale changes at both Cardiff and Town since the fixture with only eight of the eighteen players remaining at Cardiff compared with seven players remaining from the Huddersfield eighteen on duty that day. Both clubs have also seen new managers in place since then. Back in August 2014 the two teams on duty were:



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