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Fulham vs Cardiff City Preview: Three questions with Inside Cardiff City

Inside Cardiff City stops by to give us there perspective as they prepare to take on the Cottagers.

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Cottagers Confidential: Three games into the season, has anything surprised you? How would you rate your start so far?

Inside Cardiff City: Nothing has surprised me as of yet, we haven't made too many wholesale changes to the side in terms of personnel. I'm surprised by the impact of Declan John, he's come in and it's felt that he's not been out of the side for so long, he's really adapted to this new formation. I would say that what we are lacking is a striker so at the moment I'm content but in all honesty I know there is much more to come from us.

CC: You're start wasn't as hot as Fulham's but you’re only three points worse. Are fans happy right now or do they want some change?

ICC: Most fans want definite change, despite a first half performance at Birmingham, our defeats to Bristol Rovers and Queens Park Rangers have seen our fans call to ditch the 5-3-2 formation that is in it's infancy. The football has been pleasing on the eye in terms of retaining possession but Cardiff are lacking in the final third, they are desperately calling for a striker. With two strikers of similar mold there is not much head coach Paul Trollope can do but the Cardiff faithful want to see pace in the side but unfortunately we don't have many players that can inject any pace or excitement into the side at the moment.

CC: What was the biggest acquisition you made this offseason? The biggest lost?

ICC: Our biggest acquisition this season would have to be Lex Immers. For a player of his stature to join us despite a season of narrowly missing out on the play-offs, he decided to stay with us despite offer from other English based teams. By staying with us it showed that we could attract a player that has performed well in a competitive league such as the Eredivisie that he can add. He is a smart thinking footballer who offers so much to the team, he contributed to a fair amount of goals considering he was only with us since January and can play as a tall forward in which a pacy striker could work well alongside him with.

CC: Could you predict a score and a lineup?

My score prediction would be Fulham 1-1 Cardiff as I believe Cardiff will try and build an unbeaten sequence on the road. Despite Fulham's strong start, I am hopeful that our defensive formation will frustrate the opposition and see us take a point from Craven Cottage.

Line Up:

GK: Marshall

RWB: Harris

CB: Morrison

CB: Manga

CB: Connolly

LWB: John

CM: Gunnarsson

CM: Whittingham

CM: Ralls

SS: Immers

SS: Pilkington