Date: 20th August 2009 at 4:44pm
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Cardiff City have McNaughton, Kennedy, Capaldi and Quinn out for Sunday meaning that there are no left-backs available for the clash against Bristol City.

Comminges, Blake, Ledley and Whittingham are possibilities to fill in while there is a faint hope that Quinn will be fit in time.

However, there is another solution – killing a number of birds with one stone and I believe this could work very well indeed for the Bluebirds.

Cardiff City could/should start with three at the back – Hudson, Gerrard and Gyepes. That would add further aerial solidity and perhaps add cover for the lack of mobility that sometimes hinders Hudson.

On the left we would play the industrious Joe Ledley. He loves to bomb up and down the left flank, is a natural winger and has a sound defensive head on him too. He has all the attributes to be a quality wing-back and can provide width and an attacking overlap.

On the right, teeneager Adam Matthews. It’s a big ask for the youngster but he’s primarily a full-back but has also played in midfield and is tipped for a future as a winger! He has pace, position sense and is willing to get forward and back at any opportunity.

McPhail and Rae could re-commence their partnership, maligned in the past but this time would have Peter Whittingham in a free role just ahead of them to add extra cover when Bristol have possession. Whitts could add width on either side and has a good shot so would be a constant threat to the Wurzels.

Up-front, Chopra and Bothroyd. Nuff said.


The one man unlucky in this would be Chris Burke, he’s in good form and deserves to start but he could also jo a job from the bench. We would be lacking in a little width, but with Whitts free and able to operate on either flank, plus the overlapping wing-backs, we would cause serious problems for any defence and how many headed goals do we get from crosses anyway?!?

What are your thoughts? Is a 3-5-2 formation a good idea? Would this formation be a handful, or a disaster in the derby? Leave a comment below!