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January signing starts: The Cardiff City XI that Harris is likely to name for Wigan clash



Cardiff City will be hoping to make it three wins inside a week when they welcome Wigan Athletic to the Welsh capital on Saturday. 

The Bluebirds beat Luton Town on Saturday and Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night and will be confident of making it nine points from a possible nine this weekend.

Their victory against the Terriers was comprehensive and should leave them high on confidence for a clash with a Wigan side that can be dangerous.

Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday have both been felled by the Latics this season, while Cardiff were beaten by them on the opening day of the season.

Wigan were held to a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough in midweek after seeing their lead vanish following a Chey Dunkley red card.

Cardiff could close the gap on the top six to just one point with a victory on Saturday and with that in mind, here is the XI that Harris may name for the visit of Wigan…

Smithies was fantastic against the Terriers in midweek, coming good every time he was called upon making four saves, and has grabbed hold of the number one jersey with both hands in recent weeks.

Ahead of him Sean Morrison and Curtis Nelson look to be building a really strong partnership and are keeping the likes of Aden Flint firmly on the bench.

The arrival of the Latics will provide them with a test, however, as big striker Keiffer Moore can be a real handful, while Jamal Lowe is always a dangerman.

Harris has revealed that January loan signing Brad Smith was fit and in contention, so we may see him start on the left and take responsibility for keeping Lowe quiet.

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Marlon Pack and Will Vaulks have been fantastic in holding midfield recently and they linked up brilliantly for the second goal against the Terriers.

It is understood that Joe Ralls is close to returning to fitness but for the time being, Vaulks and Pack will surely reprise their roles.

Josh Murphy’s season has been really up and down but on the back of an impressive showing and a goal against Huddersfield, it seems likely he’ll start as one of the three behind the striker–alongside Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah.

Callum Paterson grabbed his fourth league goal of the season in midweek and you feel he is likely to get his manager’s backing once again.

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