Cardiff City go into this game in good spirits after their first away win of the season lifted them to 11th in the Premier League, above Manchester United of all sides, and will be keen to build on that with a good result against Newcastle United, who are coming into this game on the back of two consecutive 3-2 defeats, meaning they lie in 16th. Maybe there is a serious need for Newcastle to tighten up at the back ahead of this clash.
On the injury front, Cardiff only have one real injury concern in record signing Andreas Cornelius as he tries to get over an ankle injury, while Newcastle will be without both Ryan and Steven Taylor but could welcome back Jonas Gutierrez and Massaido Haidara.
Here are five players who could be under the spotlight in this weekend’s game.
The goals he scored may have been in vain but Remy is in pretty good striking form having returned three from his last two Premier League appearances, and is showing why Newcastle wanted to take him on loan from QPR. Can he strike again this weekend?
He seems to have had an impressive start to life in Wales with Cardiff, and he has the task of halting Remy’s little surge of good form along with the rest of the Cardiff defence. Can he play an integral part in getting a positive result for Cardiff?
Newcastle’s defence had a bit of a horror show on Monday night against Everton, and they will want to keep things tight at the back after conceding six goals in a week. Coloccini will need to lead by example at the back to make sure Newcastle’s defence rediscovers some solidity.
He’s up against his former club. That might not be uncommon for Craig Bellamy but it always adds something extra to the occasion when Bellamy fronts up against one of his former employers. And he is no stranger from scoring against Newcastle. Will he be amongst the goals this time around?
By his standards he had a pretty poor time of it on Monday night against Everton, and perhaps ought to have done better trying to keep out Lukaku’s first effort. He’ll be after a clean sheet and a more assured performance, here.
Last time they met
Newcastle 5-1 Cardiff City – Championship 2010
It was a miserable day for Cardiff at St James’ Park as both Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands got a brace for Newcastle as they thumped the Bluebirds to keep a relatively comfortable lead at the top of the Championship. Gabor Gypes scored an own goal, and Cardiff got a consolation through Aaron Wildig. The result left Cardiff in fourth place, still very much in the race for the play-offs.
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