Cardiff City vs Norwich City: Three Key Battles

Norwich City

We take a look at the key battles in Norwich City's upcoming match against Cardiff City.

This match was a Premier League fixture last season but, following the relegation of both sides, they now take each-other on in the second tier.

It should be an excellent match between two promotion hopefuls and we take a look the battles which will define which was the result goes. 

Matthew Connolly vs Lewis Grabban

Matthew Connolly was barely used last season, but he has been a mainstay in the Cardiff City side since their relegation to the Championship.

The towering centre-back is an imposing figure, but he will have his work cut out at the weekend.

Lewis Grabban is one of the most potent front-men in the Championship and he has carried the fine form he showed last season into the opening spell at his new club. 

Grabban has five goals in his first five games for the Canaries following a summer move from Bournemouth and he will be hoping to continue hitting the back of the net in this fixture. 

His pace is likely to prove a big test for Connolly, who lacks mobility, and if the central-defender cannot contain him the jet-heeled striker then Cardiff will struggle to get anything out of the match. 

Mats Dæhli vs Martin Olsson

This battle looks to be one of the most intriguing parts of the match. Mats Dæhli is one of the most talented wingers outside the Premier League, but Olsson is a fine full-back, too, and there is a thought that both could be playing a higher level. 

Dæhli is a box of tricks and can be a match-winner, but he faces one of his toughest tests of the season up against Olsson at the weekend.

There was a fear that the Norwegian could have missed out on this fixture after picking up an injury over the international break, but he has shaken that off and, if Cardiff are to pick up a home victory, they will need him at the top his game.

Peter Whittingham vs Wes Hoolahan

The two sides creative fulcrums will be put up against each-other in what should be a very watchable contest.

Neither Whittingham or Hoolahan possess the greatest physical attributes, but they are both magicians with the ball at their feet and this may be the defining contest of the match.

Hoolahan plays in an advanced role for Norwich, whilst Whittingham occupies a slightly deeper role for the Bluebirds meaning they will be in direct competition with each other throughout the game. 

Neither are renowned for their defensive qualities, but they will both have to stop the other getting space otherwise it could prove a fatal error for the side.

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