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Fulham vs Cardiff City Preview: Three Questions with Inside Wales

After the long international break, Inside Wales stops by to talk about Cardiff’s hot start.

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Cardiff City is the hottest team in the league. We talk with Inside Wales Sport to see how they’ve done it, and whether they can keep it up.

Cottagers Confidential: You're undefeated and top of the table. Are you that good, or has it been more of a mixture of good form with a friendly schedule?

Inside Wales: It's always tough to say this early in the season, but it has to be said that Cardiff have made an excellent start to the season, and they deserve to be top. They were excellent against Wolves, who also enjoyed a good start, blew away Aston Villa and showed they could come from behind against QPR.

Will Cardiff win the league? probably not and City fans aren't getting ahead of themselves, but it's 12 points less needed to get in the top six and a long hard season ahead. Cardiff have played very well so far this season and they've answered every question asked of them, that won't always be the case this season, but there's a real strength in depth and a fantastic front three that no team has got to grips with just yet.

CC: What are the biggest changes to the team from last year?

Inside Wales: Warnock has added an abundance of pace to the front-line with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, a player who has been a revelation so far, coming in alongside the brilliant Kenneth Zohore and reinvigorated Junior Hoilett. Loic Damour has been added to the midfield and he's another who has come from nowhere, but he's another work-hard player does a lot of running alongside Aron Gunnarsson to create space for the more creative Joe Ralls. Lee Tomlin is a very good technical player, but he's been in and out. New signings Danny Ward and Omar Bogle have had to be content with a spot on the bench. Neil Etheridge has been very good in goal, it has to be said, while Callum Paterson and Lee Camp will be out for a while with injuries.

Deadline day signing Craig Bryson will add some competition but you can expect he and Liam Feeney to start life at Cardiff on the bench.

There have been a fair few signings, but the core of the side which ended last season in fine form has remained and that's probably where Cardiff have benefited.

CC: Where do you expect to end the season?

IW: Cardiff are looking for a top six finish this season and a fantastic start doesn't change that. The Bluebirds have missed out on promotion every way imaginable, they've even lead for the first 10 or so weeks only to not win a game from November to January and then finish in the bottom half. Those sort of experience keep Cardiff fans grounded and Neil Warnock is very much the same. There's no doubt this team is capable of finishing in the top two after seeing the first four games, but being realistic, top six would be a great achievement given the ey spent again in the Championship this season. Cardiff have signed 10 in total, I believe, but spending is still only around £5 million. That's not a top six budget in this league anymore, so top six is the goal.

CC: Predicted lineup and score?

IW: Starting lineup: Etheridge, Peltier, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Damour, Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Zohore.

Score: 1-1