Friday, November 09, 2007

Cardiff preview

Dave Jones bring his hardy band of veteran journeymen to The Valley on Saturday, including much-loved former Addick Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and the country's most famed buy-to-let landlord, Robbie Fowler.

I was racking my brains for former clashes against the Bluebirds and then realised why I was struggling.....we haven't played them in the league since 5 March 1985. Naturally we lost 4-1.

Cardiff have had a difficult start to the season, and arrive at The Valley having won just one of their last ten Championship games. With our momentum strong after two monumental away wins, they would appear on paper at least, to offer ideal fodder as we seek our first home win since Leicester on Sep 22.

Pards will surely only contemplate one change to the team that won at Bristol City, and is likely to offer Jose Semedo an immediate return to the side; after all, until his somewhat harsh suspension, he had been our only outfield ever-present.

Elsewhere, Chris Iwelumo apparently has a 'black eye' (which in fairness I had assumed was a given), but is likely to start. Indeed, when I heard that a petition has begun to have Chris Powell knighted, I was tempted to suggest they had the 'wrong Chris' in light of his incredible week (his winner against Bristol City by the way was a lot more difficult than it perhaps looked).

With WBA not playing until Monday, and with Bristol City facing a tricky fixture at Portman Road, we would appear to have a fabulous chance to return to the promotion places by 5pm on Saturday (local time). I am confident we will take it.

NY Addick predicts: Charlton 2 (Iwelumo, Thomas), Cardiff 0. Attn: 22, 447.


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