Cardiff Preview

This game will be the first between these two sides in this seasons Championship. Newcastle sit top of the league, while Cardiff find themselves dangerously close to the relegation zone.

However, despite Cardiff’s struggles, it is worth remembering that it was only three years ago that these two sides met as Premier League clubs.

During the 2013/14 season, Cardiff came to St. James’ Park twice. Once in the league and once in the FA Cup. United lost the FA Cup tie 2-1. However, goals from Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor, saw Newcastle win 3-0 in the league.

This may be a very different Cardiff side to the one that last visited Newcastle, with noticeably less household names in the starting eleven but with Neil Warnock at the helm, the club is not lacking in top level experience.

Warnock has brought with him some experienced players most notably Marouane Chamakh and Kieran Richardson, who will no doubt be keen to put in a performance against the league leaders, to show that they can still cut it at the top level.

However, Newcastle are not lacking in top level talent themselves and with both form and home advantage on their side, are rightly favourites going into this game.