Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion: match preview
Ahead of his 100th game in charge of Cardiff City, Neil Warnock sat down with Adam Bate to discuss the challenge ahead in a changing game, why he is not worried about being written off, and what it would mean to him to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League.
As Neil Warnock bounds over declaring his love for autumn, he does not look like a man whose team are in the relegation zone and he certainly does not look like someone who is about to turn 70 next month. There was a curry last night – buttered chicken – but he was up early to check the cricket score and is raring to go on this crisp Cardiff morning.
Brighton dont travel well as a rule and theyve now won just one of their last 19 on the road but theyre beginning to look and play like an experienced Premier League outfit. Theyre very well organised defensively and while the evergreen Glenn Murray is still scoring (only Eden Hazard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero have scored more this season) theyre a force to be reckoned with. Murrays in search of his seventh of the season on Saturday, which would see him draw alongside the aforementioned trio.
“I feel as fit as I have ever been,” Warnock tells Sky Sports. “Its difficult to motivate yourself to do the workouts when you get older but I train hard. Its easier to sit at your desk and have a bun, but Ive been really disciplined because I feel like I have to give myself a chance. You cant let yourself down on that. You have to be mentally sharp in this Premier League.”
Manchester City v Manchester United Romelu Lukaku has returned to light training and could feature in the Manchester derby, but is this really, honestly good news United fans? Youve won twice without him remember, without ever being totally convincing. Now I like Lukaku. At his best he is a bustling, brilliant and prolific striker. But hes a mile from his best currently and the fact of the matter is he is carrying too much weight. Indeed compared to the shape weve seen him in previously, right now he looks like a Sunday League player whose full-time job is that of a chefs assistant at a Toby Carvery. If you ignore the fact that City have not won a derby at home since 2014 this should all be rather straightforward. Peps mob have smashed 24 goals in just six home Premier League games this season, while it’s seven games without a clean sheet for Jose Mourinho’s men. Betting: Manchester City – Manchester City double result at evens (bet365)
Subs from B Murphy, Smithies, Hoilett, Ward, Damour, Madine, Cunningham, Harris, Connolly, Coxe, Brown
0:51 Neil Warnock is confident Cardiff will start climbing the Premier League table if they tighten up at the back Neil Warnock is confident Cardiff will start climbing the Premier League table if they tighten up at the back Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says they have got to “toughen up” at the back and cut out the elementary errors.