When does Cardiff vs Fulham kick off? Friday 30th August, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)
Where is Cardiff vs Fulham being played? Cardiff City Stadium
What is the weather forecast for Cardiff vs Fulham? Cloudy, 17c
Friday night football comes from Cardiff City Stadium as Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds face Fulham.
Cardiff have collected maximum points from both of their Championship fixtures on home soil this season and will be confident of claiming another vital victory when these teams meet in the Welsh capital.
Scott Parker’s men, though, lost to Nottingham Forest in this competition last weekend. Fulham, therefore, will be looking for the result that gets their push for promotion firmly back on track.
Cardiff vs Fulham
Current Cardiff City squad is:
Forwards: Gary Madine, Daniel Ward, Robert Glatzel, Omar Bogle, Callum Paterson, Gavin Whyte, Isaac Vassell, James Waite
Midfilders: Junior Hoilett, Lee Tomlin, Leandro Bacuna, Marlon Pack, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Joe Ralls, Will Vaulks, Josh Murphy, Aaron Bolger, Quivi Fowler, Lloyd Humphries, Tavio Kouakou D’Almeida
Defenders: Lee Peltier, Sol Bamba, Matthew Connolly, Sean Morrison, Joe Bennett, Jazz Richards, Curtis Nelson, Aden Flint, Jake Evans, Cameron Coxe, Ciaron Brown, Jack Bodenham
Goalkeepers: Ryan Pryce, Alex Smithies, Joe Day, Brian Murphy, Neil Etheridge
Current Fulham squad is:
Forwards: Floyd Ayité, Ivan Cavaleiro, Bobby Reid, Aleksandar Mitrović, Aboubakar Kamara
Midfilders: Stefan Johansen, Kevin McDonald, Harry Arter, Tom Cairney, Anthony Knockaert, Ibrahima Cisse, Neeskens Kebano, Joshua Onomah, Harrison Reed, Adetayo Edun, Luca De La Torre, Matt O’Riley, Tyrese Francois
Defenders: Maxime Le Marchand, Denis Odoi, Tim Ream, Cyrus Christie, Joe Bryan, Alfie Mawson, Steven Sessegnon
Goalkeepers: Fabri, Marcus Bettinelli, Marek Rodák
Fulham have started the season as expected in the Sky Bet Championship, sitting fifth with nine points from a possible 15.
For Cardiff, they are finding it harder to adapt. Neil Warnock’s men have just two wins from five and have struggled to find early consistency.
The positive for them is that both of those victories have come at home. A much-changed side were convincingly beaten by Luton in the Carabao Cup in midweek but you get the impression that the focus is fully on the league campaign.
Unsurprisingly, Cardiff are a good side in the air and that could work in their favour against a Fulham team who struggle when it comes to aerial duels.
They’ve lost more aerials than they have won in games this season, with four of the six contests in all competitions seeing the opposition coming out on the better side of that statistic.
We should expect Cardiff to add to that tally here in fairly convincing fashion. Their home win over Luton saw the Bluebirds near double the number of aerial duels won.
That will play into the hands of someone like Aden Flint, who is likely to be tasked with keeping Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet on the night.
This is a fixture that has certainly produced plenty of goals over the years. Indeed, there have been goals at both ends in all but two of the last 17 games between the teams.
Both of the previous two matches between these teams on Welsh soil produced six goals and it is, therefore, no surprise that bet365 offer just 4/5 (1.80) that there are at least three goals scored on Friday night.
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Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Smithies; Peltier, Flint, Morrison, Bennett; Ralls, Bacuna; Whyte, Tomlin, Murphy; Glatzel
Unavailable: Bamba (Injured), Etheridge (Injured), Richards (Injured), Pack (Injured), Mendez-Laing (Injured)
Doubtful: Paterson (Injured)
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Sessegnon, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Cairney, Arter, Johansen; Knockaert, Mitrovic, Cavaleiro