We have quite a bit in common with Cardiff City... cathedrals, castles, traditional markets, quality universities and sides capable of spending more time in the top flight.
Firstly I would like to congratulate Cardiff taking the field once again in Blue! What was that all about? It simply will never, never, never happen where Norwich turn out at the Carra not wearing canary yellow colours. A lot of us NCFC fans feel success is missing us because we have no foreign 'money bags' investment. Instead we stick with Queen Delia and are attempting to self finance through continually reducing costs, especially now as the Premier cash runs out at the end of this season. I'm not sure foreign owners are always the answer, there are plenty of examples where it hasn't work and a few where it has been club changing on a massive scale. Russian Oligogs may be out of favour soon with current world political issues?
What can we expect on Saturday? I am only prepared to bet on one outcome. I don't believe Norwich are capable of producing a clean sheet. If the Blues throw the kitchen sick at our on loan lanky Angus Gunn in goal, I expect their lads to find the back of the net at some stage. As to the final result, a couple of things are worth debating. What sort of bottle have Cardiff got for the run-in? Fulham big time and to a lesser extent, Villa are in hot pursuit. As for us, based on the last two games, I feel that the boys are not on the beach. This based on an excellent win at home to Villa and a draw midweek with Sunderland where according to Heir Farke, we created 20 100% scoring chances. Maybe Daniel was getting carried away, I would suggest a dozen very good opportunities.
Previous to those games, we suffered the 4-1 away at QPR and were dreadful although having been 1-0 up. Four changes were made for Villa and we turned on the style. Surprisingly and dumfoundardly, we turn up at the Stadium of Light and revert back to the QPR lineup, then look quite good and create changes before making two unforced half time changes along with a fiddling of the formation, start playing defensively and end up pulling off a late, late draw in the 89th minute. I don't think it's possible to place a prediction of the outcome of this game or what team DF takes to the pitch.
I believe Cardiff pulled a master stroke in taking on Neil Warnock, a very successful guy who gets the most out of whatever he has to work with. He always gives good interviews and with a glint in his eye and with some of his tongue in cheek remarks. Very much a marmite sort of guy...thinly spread on hot buttered toast, it's works for me. A shame though that he got worked up in the Wolves game. The unbelievable finish to the game had everyone on the edge of the seats and with Santo, who also wears his heart on his sleeve, forgetting to shake hands and instead throwing lots of shapes on the pitch with his players, it was fully understandable. It's a shame Neil didn't accept his apology. There will be plenty of Canary fans on Saturday hoping for the usual banter near the dugouts as usual at 3pm plus the Barclay joining in from afar with the entertaining NW chipping in as usual.
Also on the City of Yellows Blog:
- Craig Bellamy vs James Maddison
With Cardiff heading into the City this weekend, I thought it might be interesting to compare the two stars as both have made significant Have the wheels come off?contributions in Yellow and Green colours.
- Norwich City v Cardiff City Preview
It seems appropriate that the penultimate home game of this frustrating campaign should come against Cardiff City, because in many ways, they represent the opposite of Norwich City this season.
- Who is next in the hot seat down the road?
So, the pretty much inevitable has happened. Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor are leaving ITFC at the end of the 2017-18 season after five and a half years.
The Canaries have a very impressive record having won 30, drawing nine and only losing 15 of the 54 contests. Until the 3-1 reverse in December where Norwich were 1-0 up before conceding a penalty (Virtualy like the QPR defeat) Norwich had been victorious in the previous four contests. A game that stands out for me is September 2014 at the Cardiff City Stadium were Norwich came from 2-0 down at half time through Ralls and Gunarsson to win 4-2 with Olsson, Hoolahan, Turner and Jerome netting.
Olsson is now at Swansea and they look like staying up so it could be two Welsh outfits next season? Newport are back on the scene and got top headlines through their FA Cup exploits. What odds would you get for all three in the Premiership one day? At present those odds would be much better than a City, Ipswich, Cambridge combo.
So to my prediction for Saturday. Cardiff need to win for the automatic place. This will play into our hands. We play better against sides who come at us. I expect a 2-1 home victory and just hope Daniel Farke puts out a side with the tactics to achieve it.