I felt like Cardiff City coming to Elland Road last season was one of the major blows to our play-off hopes. Neil Warnock against Garry Monk, Warnock got everything right and tomorrow that can’t happen, because a loss early on in this run may well set the tone for the month. Thomas Christiansen has to be brave.
GK – Felix Wiedwald – I think the fact Andy Lonergan was almost allowed to leave shows the club are more than happy with Wiedwald now. Man of the match at Hull on Tuesday, pulled of three or four very good saves. Cardiff will out pressure on him early if they can.
RB – Gaetano Berardi – I think he’s in his best form for a long time, finally looks like he is one of the senior players and his attitude is brilliant. If we can keep him fit then the battle for right-back spot next season will be very good, because on current form I don’t think Ayling would replace him.
CB – Pontus Jansson – Will be upset with the recent form but it’s down to players like him to drag us through. Mathew Pennington and Jansson could well be the partnership going forward, tomorrow will be a huge test. Gary Madine and Kenneth Zahore will cause mayhem without doubt.
CB – Matthew Pennington – Back after picking up an injury and hopefully he has a solid game. Some game to be coming back into and a big performance is what’s required.
LB – Laurens De Bock – The Belgian left-back has actually played well in the last couple of games. I don’t think we will see the best of him for a few games and tomorrow he faces Junior Hoilett and Mendez-Laing, no easy task for any Championship full-back.
RW – Stuart Dallas – I was toying with the idea of playing Sacko as well, I think he deserves a chance over the likes of Alioksi. I think we need direct players who will beat a man and get the ball into the box, Dallas is that man.
CM – Adam Forshaw – Played very well on Tuesday but going forward in any capacity he was on his own. I would play a 4-4-2 tomorrow and get the ball wide. It won’t be, TC will stick with his 4-2-3-1 and hope the players up their game. Forshaw is key whatever formation and tactics we use.
CM – Ronaldo Vieira – Has had two shockers and tomorrow he can’t. Cardiff are exactly what Vieira is all about, he needs to graft and bully the opposition, we need him more than any other game this season.
LW – Pablo Hernandez – I would play Pablo from the left and give him the license to roam into the middle. I think he’s better when he has a set position to start from rather than a free role. Will captain the side I would expect, hard to argue with that.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – I thought he worked very hard at Hull and the fact we didn’t look like scoring was down to the creative players around him more than the German striker. His season turned after he was dropped at Cardiff last year, I would love him to have a big game tomorrow.
ST – Kemar Roofe – Needs to be playing in a two up front. I think he’ll start out wide in all honesty but I live in hope that we will one day play two strikers.