Confirmed: Cardiff v Norwich lineups: Mendes-Laing and Klose return as both sides make one change apiece

Cardiff City host Norwich City in the Championship on Friday.

Manager of Cardiff City Neil Warnock looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City at Loftus Road on March 4, 2017 in London, England.

Cardiff City can extend their hold over third-place Sheffield United by beating Norwich City on Friday.

Norwich though, travel to the Cardiff City Stadium desperate to get themselves back into the play-off picture.

Earlier this week, Norwich chairman Ed Balls warned that failure to gain promotion this season could bring financial challenges, as a result of overspending throughout the previous regime.

Based on money spent in recent seasons, Cardiff have little right to be 13 places and 16 points better off than their opponents.

That's despite Norwich having implemented cost-cutting measures during the summer transfer window.

And the pair's financial differences are perhaps best highlighted by their sole changes on Friday.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who has been one of Cardiff's better players this season, cost them nothing from League One Rochdale in July, while Timm Klose has struggled to live up to the £9.5 million transfer fee Norwich paid Bundesliga Wolfsburg 23 months ago (Transfermarkt).

Here's how the two sides line up in Wales.

Cardiff lineup

Starting:

  • Neil Etheridge
  • Joe Bennett
  • Bruno Ecuele Manga
  • Sean Morrison
  • Sol Bamba
  • Craig Bryson
  • Loïc Damour
  • David Junior Hoilett
  • Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • Joe Ralls
  • Danny Ward

Substitutes: Brian Murphy, Greg Halford, Callum Paterson, Lee Peltier, Liam Feeney, Omar Bogle, Lee Tomlin.

Norwich lineup

Starting:

  • Angus Gunn
  • Grant Hanley
  • Ivo Pinto
  • Timm Klose
  • Wes Hoolahan
  • James Maddison
  • Harrison Reed
  • Marco Stiepermann
  • Mario Vrancic
  • Josh Murphy
  • Nélson Oliveira

Substitutes: Michael McGovern, Marcel Franke, Christoph Zimmermann, Alex Pritchard, Tom Trybull, Cameron Jerome, Yanic Wildschut.

 

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