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West Bromwich Albion come to the Cardiff City Stadium just one place and one point above the home side in the table. We’ve been on a poor run, having not scored in three, so West Brom must be struggling.
Stats show that West Brom haven’t won in four visits to us and I really hope we can continue the run. Our performance against Palace was woeful. It’s hard to pin point a performance as bad as that in all the time that Malky has been at the club. Now, Cardiff City must react.
A win would be the boost that Cardiff City need going into a tough run of games. Following West Brom, we have Southampton at home, Liverpool away and Sunderland at home before going to Arsenal on New Years Day.
Malky needs make a change to the starting line up. There’s talk that Odemwingie will get a starting gig but Cornelius should be given a go ahead of him. Saying that, it would be a Football Manager style story line if Odemwingie scores.
If we play like we did against Palace, it should be a walkover for West Brom. They have the players who can pull rabbits out of hats like Sessegnon and we will need to be careful. Gary Medel, who was praised so rightly at the season’s start, has looked poor in recent weeks. Tomorrow, he will be key in stopping West Brom.
Though 4-4-2 is much derided in modern football, it would be good to see a variation of this employed tomorrow. Campbell has been isolated as a lone striker and it would be great to see him get some support from Cornelius alongside him. Noone should come in, replacing Cowie, just to give us more forward drive.
We can win against West Brom. A win for us would keep us just clear of Fulham and Palace in the relegation zone and it could, if results go our way, drag two or three other teams into the relegation fight. A loss could see us cut off from teams above us and the teams below us leaping above us.
Cardiff City v West Brom pre-match stats
Peter Whittingham scored in his last two league appearances against West Brom for Cardiff.
West Brom have lost none of their last seven away games against Cardiff (W2 D5 L0) – their last defeat coming at Ninian Park in Dec 1960.
David Marshall has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the top flight this season (61).
Cardiff have won just one of their last six Premier League home matches (W1 D2 L3).
The Welsh side have failed to net in their last three Premier League games since their last-gasp equaliser against Manchester United last month.
Cardiff defender Steven Caulker (26) has blocked more shots than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Only Crystal Palace (8.1%) and Spurs (7.5%) have a lower conversion rate of shots into goals than Cardiff (9.5%) this season in the Premier League.
West Brom have the fourth worst shooting accuracy (36.3%) while Cardiff have the third worst rate (36.2%) in the Premier League so far in 2013-14.
West Brom have won just one of their last nine Premier League games (W1 D4 L4) and lost their last three in a row.
The Welsh side have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the top flight (135) this season.