Post by nelson on Feb 16, 2021 21:22:25 GMT
Cardiff City v Preston North End
20th Feb 2021
Cardiff City Stadium
20th Feb 2021
Cardiff City Stadium
When this seasons football fixtures came out, the Rugby 6 nations committee noticed that this game was going to collide with the Wales v England match and at the time it was thought that spectators would be allowed back into stadiums. The concern was that thousands of Proud Preston football fans would take over the nations capital, and rugby, which is the national sport and the bedrock of Welsh culture, would play 2nd fiddle. Therefore to avoid any embarrassment, the committee correctly decided to have a weeks break in this years 6 nations.
Preston and Cardiff have plenty in common, probably the most obvious is that both cities are considered the football capital of their own countries. People may question that, but to be fair Cardiff have had a better history than many would realise. Both clubs were the first in their respective countries to win the FA Cup. Some may say that The Wanderers were the first English FA Cup winners but that is not strictly true as all cup finals prior to the very first league season in 1888/89 when Preston won every competition available, were only considered to be friendlies. Cardiff won the FA Cup in 1927 and that is the only time the cup has been out of England.
Another thing in common is that both clubs have had name changes, Cardiff City were originally called Riverside AFC and Preston North End were called Preston Nelson which was a particularly nice name.
I worked in Cardiff for a while so know quite a bit about the place. I remember going for a job interview when I returned back to Preston and while I was waiting outside filling a couple of forms in, I asked the receptionist if there was anything I needed to know that could help me during the interview. She said that the boss likes people here who think on their feet so I thought I’d bear that in mind.
Anyway during the interview I was asked about previous jobs and why I left the one in Cardiff. I told him there was absolutely nothing there but prostitutes and rugby players. He stared straight at me and said "My wife is from Cardiff."
"Are you kidding!?" I replied, "What position did she play”
Onto the game and they say that two things are certain, death and taxes, yet there is a third certainty and that is that no one on this forum will be able to correctly predict the Preston starting 11. Very few players are currently guaranteed a start, I’d only be confident in Iverson Lindsay, Browne and Whiteman starting this game, providing they are fit but I’ll hazard a guess at the below.
Iverson (If he doesn’t improve on saving penalties I’d ship him back to Leicester PDQ)
Browne, Cunningham, Hughes, Storey, Lindsay
Whiteman, Molumby, Ledson
I’ve not much idea about Cardiff apart from it being the only Welsh club in the division with consecutive Fs in its name so therefore I’m not bothering guessing their starting 11. In all honesty I don’t really care but I will suggest that Vaulks, Pack and Wilson who play in the middle of the park will be advised to wear extra knee, shin and ankle protection as they could well find themselves up against the “REDUCER”, better known as Ryan Ledson who missed the Watford game with an injury.
Both clubs had expectations from fans to be in and around the play offs but inconsistencies have put us both “around” rather than in them. The Cardiff board decided that this wasn’t enough and recently sacked Neil Harris to be replaced by the current manager, Mick McCarthy and results in the first few matches under the new boss have definitely been an improvement.
I’m going for a 2-1 win for us.