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Cardiff City vs. Stoke City

Ninian Park

14th April 2007

3pm

Cardiff vs Stoke preview

Last time out it was the Eagles that the Potters shot down, this Saturday we're up against the Bluebirds as the mighty Potters attempt to continue their late charge for the play-offs with another win in South Wales.

Vital Quotes:

Stoke keeper, Steve Simonsen is another getting upbeat as the season reaches it's climax: 'There's a real buzz about the place. Everyone feels we can do it after getting ourselves into a great position' he told the Sentinel.

Cardiff City Team News:

Cardiff will probably keep to the same team that lost 2-0 at Turf Moor on Monday as they try and prevent Stoke being the fifth team to take all three points off them in consecutive matches.

Simon Walton (on loan from Charlton) is still suspended after being sent off against Sheffield Wednesday and another midfielder, Riccy Scimeca, is out with a hamstring injury. Defender Glenn Loovens is also out with a fractured bone in his foot.

Player to watch: Michael Chopra

The 23 year old has not scored in seven games despite netting 21 so far this season and Saturday is not the day we want him to return to form.

Stoke City Team News:

Mama Sidibe is still out injured, but did sign a new 3 year contract this week. The recall of Jon Parkin to Hull is likely to allow Vincent Pericard a chance alongside Ricardo Fuller up front. Andy Griffin makes a welcome return to defence after serving a three match ban.

Player to watch: Lee Hendrie

The influential midfielder has been getting back to full match fitness after a recent injury sidelined him for a few weeks and was unlucky not to score in the 2-1 victory over Palace on Monday.

Match Facts & Stats

Three second half goals from Fuller, Sidibe and Lawrence were more than enough to see off the Bluebirds at the Brit at the end of November. The match was also notable for MacPhail's sending off after he had a go at Hendrie, which resulting in an ear bashing for Hendrie from Cardiff manager, Dave Jones.

Ref Watch:

Stoke and Cardiff will have to hope Premiership referee Rob Styles is on form.

Match Prediction:

Points mean big prizes now. A draw will be ok, a win even better.

Next Fixtures:

Sat 21st April: Hull (home) kick-off: 3pm
Sat 28th April: Colchester (home) kick-off: 3pm
Sun 6th May: QPR (away) kick-off: 1pm




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Date:Friday April 13 2007

Time: 8:57PM

 

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