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MATCH PREVIEW | CARDIFF V TOWN

17 March 2017

Blues defender, Christophe looks ahead to the trip to Wales

Christophe Berra is expecting a physical encounter in the Welsh capital this weekend as the Blues travel to take on Cardiff City.

The Scottish defender admits he believes that he knows what to expect from a Neil Warnock side, and that Town will have to be strong if they're to come away with the three points.

"It's going to be tough, like every game in the Championship is, especially away from home," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We know they're a big physical side and they will put a lot of balls into the box for us to defend so it'll have to be a real man's performance.

"When they came to us they sat deep and made it very difficult for us to create chances. In the end we got a 1-1 draw but we dominated the game.

"Neil Warnock's a very experienced manager in this league and in the Premier League. He's got a lot of teams promoted.

"Training this week has been intense and hard but the weather has been better which makes it more enjoyable! We've been working hard and we'll be prepared for the weekend."


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Team News

Town

The Blues will be without Emyr Huws, with the midfielder both ineligible and injured for the trip to his parent club. Kevin Bru [knee] and Kieffer Moore [groin] are also doubtful for the game having picked up their knocks in training this week, but Jonny Williams has trained after shaking off his tight hamstring. Steven Taylor will play for the U23s on Monday against Crewe, but won't be involved this weekend as Luke Hyam [ankle], Giles Coke [knee], Dominic Samuel [toe] and Adam Webster [ankle] remain out.


Cardiff


The Bluebirds could have defender Bruno Manga as part of their squad as he's made a rapid recovery from an injury that threatened to keep him out all season. If he is selected, he will be no more than a substitute, though as Neil Warnock has no fresh injury concerns. He will, however, be without defender, Lee Peltier, midfielder Rhys Healey and striker Rickie Lambert, with all three remaining long-term absentees.

Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Cardiff: 13th

Last Time They Met

Town and Cardiff played out a 1-1 draw with Portman Road when the Bluebirds visited back in December, but it was defender Sol Bamba who stole the headlines for a crazy red card. Aron Gunnarsson gave Cardiff the lead as he stabbed home from close range after Bartosz Bialkowski had fumbled a corner, but Luke Varney levelled the scores with a deflected effort early in the second half. Bamba was given his marching orders soon after as he reacted badly to a Jonathan Douglas tackle by pushing his own physio to the ground, having a go at the fourth official, and even having words with his own manager.


Key Players

Jordan Spence

The former MK Dons defender has been impressive since joining on a free transfer in January. He has played in a number of positions, including centre-back, wing-back and central midfield. He also set up Jonas Knudsen's goal in the East Anglian derby last month with a tremendous cross, showing his attacking intent. The battle with Josh Emmanuel to hold down that right wing-back position looks as if it is bringing the best out of the two players, and it will likely continue as Mick McCarthy looks happy to rotate the two.

Kenneth Zohore

The Danish forward has been in superb form of late, and was perhaps unlucky to miss out on the February Player of the Month award having scored five times that period. All in all, he has scored seven times in his last nine matches and is finally finding form having had an indifferent start to life in Wales. He is looking to repay the faith put in him by Neil Warnock, and he has certainly been doing that of late.

Match Official

Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referees: Mark Russell & Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Adam Matthews

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 18/5
Draw: 23/10
Cardiff: 17/20



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