The bookies are expecting these two sides to fight at different ends of the table with Cardiff pushing for promotion while Scunthorpe will probably be looking over their shoulder for much of the season. Having incredibly missed out from the play offs last season Cardiff will be eager to make up for that disappointment, while Scunthorpe will be hoping to make the step up having only gained promotion last season.
Last season’s Cardiff City story was one of the most bizarre in English football. They occupied a play off position for pretty much the whole season and even had chances of climbing into the automatic places. However, with just minutes remaining in the final game of last season, they fell apart and lost out on the top six due to goal difference. The finale infuriated many supporters and Dave Jones has had to strengthen this summer, bringing in a host of players. Michael Chopra, Mark Hudson, Paul Quinn, Anthony Gerrard and David Marshall have all been brought in to bolster the Cardiff City Stadium outfit. Dave Jones did lose one key player in Roger Johnson, but considering all of the rumours surrounding many of his other stars he’s probably happy with how this summer has turned out.
Scunthorpe have had a fairly quiet pre-season and haven’t really spent much. Nigel Adkins has brought in four new players with Crewe’s Michael O’Connor being the pick of the bunch. Towards the end of last season The Iron really did impress pundits with their fluent game and many believe that they’ll adapt perfectly to life in the Championship. With the likes of Paul Hayes, Garry Hooper and Martyn Woolford in there, Scunny definitely have the potential to score plenty of goals at this level and many believe that they may not be the division’s whipping boys as was first speculated.
As for team news, Dave Jones doesn’t have much to worry about for this game with the Cardiff boss having no injury problems. However, he does have a dilemma on last season’s top scorer Ross McCormack, who has been the subject of bids from Hull City and is rumored to be unsettled. Still, with the Bluebirds having so few strikers, it would be unlikely for McCormack to be dropped. Nigel Adkins just has the one concern with Kenny Milne out with a knee injury, but the likes of Rob Jones, Garry Hooper and David Mirfin should both feature after shaking off injuries.
Cardiff may have missed out on the top six last season, but there’s no getting away from the fact that they’re one of the best sides in the division. With that, we see nothing but a home victory here – 3-1 Bluebirds.