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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Premier League 2018/19: Cardiff City


Zain Al-Janabi

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 14:53 GMT

Last Season Position: 2nd in EFL Championship

Cardiff City are about to celebrate their second spell in the Premier League, after seeing their first promotion to topflight football end in tears as they finished at the bottom of the 2013/14 league.

Several things have happened since, as the Blue Birds required six managerial changes to reach their desired goal with Neil Warnock – the man who has mastered the art of promotion in English football. The 69-year-old coach took the usual approach to grant Cardiff their place in the Premier League; defend as a whole unit (while being off the ball), play direct attack and make use of every single goal-scoring opportunity.

In a tough 46-game Championship campaign, Cardiff recorded an average 45% possession, but were joint-first - with league champions Wolves - in the least amount of goals being conceded (39).

In terms of transfers, Warnock has managed to invest in a number of attacking additions - such as Hosh Murphy from Norwich City and Bobby Reid of Bristol City – while continuing to show faith in the group of players who have guided him through this journey.

Junior Hoilett, who has scored nine goals and recorded the most amount of assists (11) last season, is expected to play a fundamental part in Cardiff’s survival attempt – along with centre-half Sol Bamba and club captain, Sean Morrison.

2018/19 Predicted Position: 18th