Cardiff City is a Welsh football club that, alongside Swansea City and Wrexham, plays its games on the English ladder. Known as the Bluebirds, they were founded in 1899, and made the move across to their neighbouring country eleven years later, participating in the Southern Football League before joining the Football League system in 1920.
In 2010, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan bought the club and almost immediately felt the wrath of the fans after he changed their home shirts from blue to red, placing a dragon on the crest. Some fans then boycotted the club in the years prior to their first promotion on the basis that they did not agree with his decisions, which have since been reversed.
Cardiff have no major league titles to their name but they did win the FA Cup and the Charity Shield in 1927. Their Championship title win in 2013 is their only one, but they have won the Third Divisions in 1946/47 and the Fourth Division in 1992/93. Cardiff have played their matches at the Cardiff City Stadium, a 33,000 capacity ground that has been open since 2009. Before that, they played their games at Ninian Park.
Notable former players include Aaron Ramsey, who began his career there as a teenager before moving to Arsenal, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Craig Bellamy, who enjoyed two spells with his boyhood club. Billy Hardy, who played 590 games between 1911 and 1932, is the club’s record appearance holder, while Len Davies is their record goalscorer with 179.
Goalkeepers: Neil Etheridge, Brian Murphy, Alex Smithies
Defenders: Lee Peltier, Joe Bennett, Sean Morrison, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Jazz Richards, Sol Bamba, Matthew Connolly, Callum Paterson, Armand Traore, Greg Cunningham
Defenders: Joe Ralls, Kadeem Harris, Anthony Pilkington, Aron Gunnarsson, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Loic Damour, Craig Bryson, Bobby Reid, Junior Hoilett, Kenneth Zahore, Ibrahim Meite, Frederic Gounongbe, Jamie Ward, Gary Madine, Josh Murphy
Neil Warnock admitted Cardiff would be among the favourites to go down and in truth it is hard to disagree. They have arguably the worst squad in the league and have not strengthened with valuable Premier League experience. Warnock is n expert at getting teams promoted, but he does not have a great record when it comes to keeping them in the Premier League. They will need to get off to a great start to stop negativity breeding. Cardiff will undoubtedly look to Huddersfield for inspiration after their heroics in surviving after being dealt a similar hand last season.
For whatever reason, Cardiff have not matched the spending of the likes of Fulham and Wolves, the other teams to go up alongside them. It is hard to see them not falling behind if they are not careful, but as the Terriers, Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley all showed how far togetherness and hard work can go. We think Cardiff could well go down.
Cardiff City to be relegated @ 4/6 with Paddy Power
Neil Warnock to be sacked first @ 15/2
Neil Warnock to leave before Christmas @ 15/8