While we don’t exactly want to condemn teams towards relegation when we’re barely a quarter of the way through the season, it’s certainly worth noting that Cardiff City have failed to really take their Premier League opportunity by the scruff of the neck so far this season. The Bluebirds have been inconsistent to say the least and they could really do with a change of pace, whether that be in the January transfer window or in terms of their management.
This weekend they’ll host Brighton & Hove Albion in the early kick-off, and it’s exactly the kind of game you’d expect them to win – or at the very least, do well in. While the Seagulls will be thinking the same thing, this encounter won’t mean nearly as much to them given that their unbeaten run has now ended and they’re a comfortable eight points above the bottom three. For Cardiff and Neil Warnock, though, a lot more could be on the line.
While it would be somewhat odd for them to issue a big change at this early stage of the campaign, it feels like the pressure is growing amongst their Welsh faithful (and fans from around the world). This serves as another chance for them to really push the tempo and make a name for themselves in the top flight, and they’ve waited long enough for this chance.
Brighton are a good side but they’re definitely there for the taking, if only because they seem to think that they can cruise towards survival as they did last year. So while many fans may be choosing to sleep on this game at the weekend, we’d suggest that you tune in and see how it goes down.
Who do you think will come away with the three points between Cardiff and Brighton?