The Championship returns this evening as Cardiff host Sheffield Wednesday in an exciting looking game in the Welsh capital.
As we often do before an Owls game, then, we caught up with Wednesday fan Louis Shackshaft to look ahead to kick-off…
1. Kadeem Harris faces his old side, potentially, on Friday night – can you see him proving a point against his former team?
Definitely. He has had a great season for us so far and has been one of our shining lights in terms of consistency. He offers something us Wednesdayites love to see, which is pace, his ability to beat a man and whip in a cross. How we picked up Harris on a free is beyond me; his attacking mindset is just what most clubs thrive upon. I’m sure he’ll be playing out wide, he’ll be one to keep an eye on in this contest.
2. Tom Lees is a doubt this weekend, should Monk risk him?
It’s difficult to say, he’s been out for a handful of games now and you would expect him to slot back into the defence alongside Börner when he’s fully fit. Dominic Iorfa has been playing at centre back recently and he’s done really well. This gives us more options in central defence, therefore, this is a good headache for Monk to ponder over. I like to see players fighting for places, but, I think he’ll stick with Iorfa, for now.
3. Cardiff’s home form is very strong, why do you think that is?
I hate to say it but the Warnock factor has to play a part in that, he certainly knows how to get the best out his players, particularly at home. Not only that, Cardiff still have a strong starting eleven and should be winning plenty of games on home soil this season. I’d fully expect Cardiff to be in the top-six come the end of the season.
4. And, that said, how do Sheffield Wednesday go about getting a result?
We need to stick to our own game plan, Monk has said this on many occasions, let’s let Cardiff worry about us, not the other way around. We will need to defend from the front and going forward, I’m sure we’ll get the ball to wide areas as quick as possible. We’ve scored plenty of goals from headers this campaign so let’s let Reach, Harris and Bannan do what they do best, which is feed the ball to the strike force quick and often.
5. Score prediction?
I can’t look past a draw here. Form goes out of the window slightly after an international break, like you say, Cardiff are also very good at home. 1-1