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  • November 29, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 19436
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League Cup Preview: Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers

League Cup Preview: Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers

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The home side go into the game unbeaten in eight matches and third in the Championship whilst Steve Kean's men have not won or kept a clean sheet away from home all season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CARDIFF CITY

Marshall
McNaughton, Gerrard, Turner, Taylor
Cowie, McPhail, Gunnarson, Whittingham Earnshaw, Mason

MANCHESTER UNITED

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Dann, Givet
Hoilett, N’Zonzi, Dunn, Rochina
Roberts, Goodwillie

Filip Kiss missed Cardiff's win over Nottingham Forest with a slight knock, allowing Steven McPhail to come in and captain Mark Hudson, who couldn’t recover in time from a hamstring strain, was replaced by Anthony Gerrard once again.

Joe Mason may be rewarded for his winner at the weekend with a starting place as both sides think about resting players due to their current positions in their respective league tables.

Blackburn players Chris Samba, Martin Olsson and Michel Salgado all have hamstring problems, although the Spaniard could be available. Ryan Nelson is fit again and is being lined up for a place on the bench should he come through training unscathed. David Dunn returns after serving his one-match suspension for his red card against Wigan.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Blackburn have not kept a clean sheet in the league.
  • They have conceded at least three goals in half their Premier League matches.
  • They haven’t registered an away victory all season and haven’t won in eight matches.
  • Their only league win this year came against Arsenal.
  • Rovers got into the fifth round of the League Cup with a dramatic 4-3 win over Newcastle where they conceded twice in injury time only to win in extra time.
  • They won this competition in 2002 with a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
  • Cardiff are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions.
  • They average two goals at home in the Championship.
  • City are third in the league (although they have played a game more than most other teams) and have the third best home record, losing only once.
  • These two sides have met five times in cup competitions, with Cardiff winning two matches, including the 1925 FA Cup semi-final although they lost the final 1-0 to Sheffield United. Blackburn have one win.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
22Tom HeatonGoalkeeper
2Kevin McNaughtonDefender
3Andrew TaylorDefender
-Anthony GerrardDefender
6Ben TurnerDefender
-Filip KissMidfielder
7Peter WhittinghamMidfielder
19Don CowieMidfielder
6Craig ConwayMidfielder
17Aron Einar GunnarssonMidfielder
9Kenny MillerStriker
1David MarshallGoalkeeper
14Paul QuinnDefender
23Darcy BlakeMidfielder
37Stephen McPhailMidfielder
-Joe RallsMidfielder
10Robert EarnshawStriker
-Josep MasonStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
5G. GivetDefender
6Scott DannDefender
31Grant HanleyDefender
10Mauro FormicaMidfielder
12M. PedersenMidfielder
-Radosav PetrovićMidfielder
35Jason LoweDefender
8David DunnMidfielder
22Nick BlackmanStriker
25David GoodwillieStriker
1Paul RobinsonGoalkeeper
38Myles AndersonDefender
39Adam HenleyDefender
77Simon VukcevicMidfielder
-Rubén RochinaStriker
-Aiyegbeni YakubuStriker
30Jason RobertsStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Whittingham
Peter Whittingham
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of the highest scoring midfielders outside the Premier League for the past few years, Whittingham has continued to shine this season without the likes of Jay Bothroyd and Craig Bellamy in the team.

Before the Forest win he had four goals from his last four matches and his cross set up Joe Mason for the winner. Blackburn’s porous defence will have to be wary.
Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Canadian has been Rovers’ shining light this season and with the cup competition being Kean’s best hope of success, there is a good chance he will play the winger instead of giving him a rest. Even if he does start on the bench, expect Kean to turn to him straight away if his side are in need of a goal.
Prediction
Cardiff are flying high in the league and are in a great run of form, but Blackburn need the win much more so I’m expecting them to edge a thriller due to the attacking talent they undoubtedly have in their squad.
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