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Cardiff (A) Match Preview

Cardiff
vs.
Reading

Cardiff City Stadium

2nd January 2012

3.00 pm KO

On the back of solid victories, Reading and Cardiff face off at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Royals are in a fine run of form while Malky Mackay's Cardiff are making themselves known as genuine promotion contenders

Vital Quotes:

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay - 'Reading are a good team who are in a good vein of form right now. It wasn't too long ago that we were at the Madejski Stadium for a hard game, picking up the win there. On Monday we fully expect the same intensity and test from a team that have been together for a couple of years with good experience, but we're looking forward to it.'

Reading manager Brian McDermott - 'My strongest memory from 2011 is our supporters. They've been superb for us this season, our home support is getting bigger and bigger, and when we go away we have such a great following.'

Cardiff Team News:

Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton should be back for the Bluebirds, after picking up a knock on Boxing Day. If he isn't fit, Darcy Blake is ready on standby.

Player to watch: Kenny Miller

The obvious choice is normally Peter Whittingham but Miller has proved what a fantastic and experienced goalscorer he is.

Reading Team News:

Brian McDermott doesn't have any new injury worries, so is likely to name an unchanged XI for the third game in a row. Mathieu Manset and Brynjar Gunnarsson are still out with injuries.

Player to watch: Alex Pearce

The young central defender is getting better game by game and will certainly have his hands full with the likes of Whittingham and Miller.

Match Prediction:

Given our recent run of form, I think we could sneak a score draw. 1-1.

Next Fixtures:

Cardiff - West Brom (A) - 7th January - FA Cup 3rd Round

Reading - Stevenage (H) - 7th January - FA Cup 3rd Round


Writer:Josh
Date:Sunday January 1 2012
Time: 6:31PM

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