Cardiff City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten home record to six matches when they face Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday side on Friday evening.
All four of the Bluebirds’ victories in the Championship this term have come in the Welsh capital, with this impressive run helping Cardiff climb to 11th place in the table heading into the next round of matches.
Neil Warnock’s side have needed to re-adjust to life in the second tier following their relegation from the Premier League last term, and it took a while for them to find their feet after losing two of their first three matches.
The Bluebirds then started to settle as they embarked on a seven-game unbeaten run, with the likes of Gavin Whyte and Marlon Pack adding quality to the side following their summer moves from Oxford United and Bristol City respectively.
However, some of Cardiff’s other summer additions have been slightly less impressive so far.
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There was much excitement surrounding Glatzel’s move to South Wales following his strong record in Germany’s second tier last season, but he has so far failed to replicate this form on these shores.
After scoring 17 goals in 29 appearances for Heidenheim last season, the 25-year-old has only managed to find the net twice during his nine starts up front during the Bluebirds’ mixed start to the season.
Glatzel has sometimes looked isolated at the tip of Cardiff’s attack, while he is clearly lacking the confidence that he possessed at his former club as he has now squandered a number of good chances in front of goal for the Bluebirds.
Warnock could perhaps help the German out by partnering him with Danny Ward against Wednesday.
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Vaulks was one of the star performers in the Rotherham side that suffered relegation from the Championship last term, so there was plenty of optimism when Cardiff sealed his signature over the summer.
However, the Welsh international has struggled to break into Cardiff’s impressive midfield unit with the likes of Joe Ralls, Leandro Bacuna and Pack all firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.
He has only managed to make four appearances for the Bluebirds since sealing the move, while his single league start came during the 3-0 defeat to Reading when he was withdrawn at half-time with his side two goals down.
The 26-year-old has not yet made his mark at Cardiff, but opportunities have also been limited. He must now ensure he delivers a capable performance when he is next called on by Warnock.