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PREVIEW: CARDIFF V TOWN

21 October 2014

Mick thrilled to see Russell Slade in charge of Bluebirds but warns not to expect any favours from his Town side

Mick McCarthy has told the Club website he’s thrilled to see Russell Slade be given a chance in the Championship, but warned his opposite number he wants to ‘slap’ Cardiff City this evening.

The Town boss takes his side to south Wales to take on the Bluebirds this evening, who recently replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with former Yeovil and Orient manager Slade.

“I’m delighted for Russell because he’s done the hard yards in the lower leagues,” Mick told the Club’s official YouTube channel.

"He’s had success at Yeovil and Orient and it’s fantastic to see ‘bigger’ sides go to the lower leagues to give these guys a chance.

"We played against his Orient side in pre-season and I thought they were excellent. They were organised and knocked the ball around well.

"So I’m thrilled he’s got a chance at Cardiff with a good squad of players that they have there, but make no mistake I want to go down there with my team and I hope we slap them.

"I wish him well for the season, just not on the occasions when he faces my Ipswich Town team."

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive team news will be available an hour before kick-off via our official social channels.  

Team news

Town should be boosted by the return of trio Luke Chambers (illness), Daryl Murphy (Achilles) and Teddy Bishop (illness) for the trip to Cardiff this evening. Luke Hyam looks again set to miss out through the hip injury he sustained against Nottingham Forest, although he is making good progress.

Cardiff boss Russell Slade will be without the services of defenders Declan John and Fabio through injury, whilst Ravel Morrison (knee) is a doubt. Long-term absentees Matthew Connolly and Ben Turner are both still sidelined, although Federico Macheda should be fit to feature.

Where they currently stand

Cardiff- 12th
Town- 6th 

Worn both badges


Michael Chopra. The striker departed Portman Road in 2013 to join Blackpool on a free transfer, after an up and down spell in Suffolk. Chopra joined Blues from Cardiff in 2011 but a series of off the field problems dogged his progression at Portman Road. That’s in contrast to his time in south Wales, taking in three separate spells and establishing himself as a real fans favourite. Scored the opening goal for Cardiff in their 2010 Play-Off final defeat to Blackpool.

Getting to the game


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Match Betting


If you fancy a flutter on tonight’s clash, then make sure you use Sky Bet- the official betting partner of the Football League. You can get a Town away win at odds of 19/10, whilst a home victory for the Bluebirds is priced at 13/10. The draw is available at 23/10.

Match Officials

Referee:  David Coote
Assistants: Brett Huxtable & Neil Radford
Fourth Official: Adam Matthews

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive team news will be available an hour before kick-off via our official social channels.  

 

 

 

 


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