Cardiff City Preview

Friday 27 September 2013 12:06

Fulham welcome Cardiff City to Craven Cottage on Saturday (3pm) - the first Premier League clash between the two clubs.

Cardiff City

CLUB COLOURS: Red

STADIUM: Cardiff City Stadium (27,500)

POSITION 2012/13: 1st in the Championship

LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS: West Ham United (a) lost 2-0, Manchester City (h) won 3-2, Everton (h) drew 0-0, Hull City (h) drew 1-1, Tottenham Hotspur (h) lost 1-0

THE GAFFER: Malky Mackay: Hard work and commitment are two key elements of Mackay's coaching mantra, he is too, an exceptional motivator. A manager that leaves no stone left unturned, he is also one of the most organised coaches around. Only once last season did his Cardiff side lose back-to-back matches.

THE TACTICS: Organisation is the key for Cardiff, who have proved difficult to break down this season. Their defence is marshalled by the impressive Steven Caulker, while in front of the back line Chile international Gary Medel provides a bit of steel. The Welsh side are quick on the break, while Peter Whittingham is an expert from set pieces.

Three To Watch

David Marshall: With more than 150 Cardiff appearances under his belt, David Marshall has long since established himself as the club’s number-one goalkeeper following his transfer from Norwich City four years ago. An ever-present in the title-winning side last season, he’s shown he can make the step up to the Premier League, most notably in last week’s game against Spurs when he was the busiest man on the field.

Peter Whittingham (pictured): The midfielder’s £350,000 move from Aston Villa in January 2007 is surely one of the shrewdest pieces of business Cardiff have ever done. He has since made more than 300 appearances for the Bluebirds, notching 77 times in the process. Comfortable playing in the middle or out wide, Whittingham has a mean left boot and is also something of a set-piece specialist.

Gary Medel: The Chilean destroyer, known as 'El Pitbull' in his homeland, has adapted quickly to the high-octane speed of the Premier League. Signed for a fee in the region of £11m from Sevilla, the 26-year-old is renowned for his industrious protection of the back four and ferocious tackling. Despite his diminutive figure, expect Medel to bring a physical presence to the Cottage while patrolling Cardiff's midfield.

Cardiff City In Numbers

14 – Cardiff’s match against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend saw a total of 14 corners.

2 – Two of the four Premier League games to see 15+ corners this season have involved Fulham.

4 – The last league meeting between Fulham and Cardiff came in the fourth tier in 1996/97.

4 – No team has won more points from losing positions than Cardiff (4) this season in the Barclays Premier League.