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The expected Cardiff XI Harris is likely to play this weekend

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Cardiff City will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to life under Neil Harris when they welcome Championship relegation strugglers Barnsley to South Wales on Saturday afternoon.

The Bluebirds have embarked on a three-game unbeaten run since Harris’ appointment at the Cardiff City Stadium, with this including impressive back-to-back victories over Stoke and Nottingham Forest in their last two outings.

This means the Welsh side should be high on confidence when they line up to face the Tykes on Saturday, and they will be looking to edge closer to the Championship play-off zone with another three points this weekend.

Harris has needed to deal with a number of injury problems since his arrival at the club, with this meaning he has stuck with a fairly settled starting line-up in his three matches so far, and Cardiff fans can expect to see a similar team named against Barnsley.

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Neil Etheridge will start between the sticks after re-establishing himself as the club’s number one in recent weeks, while he produced an impressive performance to help his side to a superb victory last weekend.

The fact Cardiff were able to keep a clean sheet at the City Ground means Harris should select the same defensive set-up this weekend, with this seeing Joe Bennett and Lee Peltier start on the flanks either side of Aden Flint and Curtis Nelson in the middle.

Harris has indicated that midfielder Joe Ralls could be set for a return to the squad after overcoming his recent injury, but the Cardiff boss should stick with the partnership of Leandro Bacuna and Marlon Pack this weekend, despite the potential allure of giving Ralls a run out.

Meanwhile, Cardiff’s attacking set-up should resemble that which started the game at the City Ground with Lee Tomlin, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Junior Hoilett all starting behind Gary Madine in attack.

It is possible the likes of Gavin Whyte and Robert Glatzel will be back in contention following their injuries, but it is hard to imagine Harris dropping any of the players that helped secure the impressive 1-0 victory over Forest.


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