Both teams sit in the bottom half of the league table and while it is only early in the season it will be important for both to get some points on the board and start moving away from the relegation zone.
Martin Jol will hope that his side can take their Capital One Cup win in midweek and use it as a boost for their league form. They had a tough game against Chelsea last time out so they will see this as an opportunity for three points.
Cardiff, meanwhile, will be hoping to take anything from the game to help in the fight against relegation.
Both teams are struggling to expect this one to end in a draw, in the grand scheme of things I think Cardiff will be happier with a point away from home.
Odds: Fulham 6/5, Draw 12/5, Cardiff City 14/5
Last season’s meeting: N/A
Five players to watch on Saturday:
Bellamy will bring some much needed Premier League experience to this Cardiff side, as they look to get their first win away from home this season. Despite his advancing age he will still cause defences problems with his direct running and pace. Expect him to be attacking at every opportunity against a vulnerable Fulham backline.
Cardiff’s deadline day acquisition hasn’t netted for his new team but this could be the week he finally finds his scoring touch. He has had time to settle in to the new club and may even start the game, if Cardiff can create some chances for him then he can be very dangerous this season. Much like he was during his first season with West Bromwich Albion.
Bent has never truly lived up to his potential though he will have a chance at Fulham to get some regular first team football. He scored on his debut against Arsenal but his team needs him to contribute more, he had a great chance against Chelsea last week but fluffed his lines and couldn’t beat Cech.
The immensely talented Taarabt gets his chance at another team and under the manager who brought him to this country. There’s no doubt that he has the ability to change a game in an instant, sadly he hasn’t done it enough in his career. If he can find his best form for Fulham then they have got themselves a very good player. Can he show that this week?
Marshall had a fabulous game in the Cardiff goal last weekend and was unlucky to be on the losing side against Tottenham. He made a string of outstanding saves to keep out the North London side, he was finally beaten in the 93rd minute by Paulinho. It will be interesting to see how he can back up his fantastic performance from last week against Fulham, was it just a one off?
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