Cardiff City vs Newcastle preview: It's Benitez vs Warnock

Lynette Rowe
August 18, 2018

The former Chelsea star's performances played a significant role in preserving his side's top flight status last season and most Newcastle fans were delighted when his move was made permanent earlier this summer.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has questioned the criticism which has been directed at Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

Cardiff have won eight of their 10 home league games so far in 2018, drawing one and losing the other, proving that this could well be a tough game for Newcastle.

Looking back on that sour relegation, Warnock said, "I was disappointed in Benitez, I'll never forgive Benitez for playing what wasn't even a reserve team".

Forwards Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto came off the bench in the defeat to Tottenham on the opening day, while fellow new recruits Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernandez are all yet to feature. Football League clubs can sign players on loan until the end of August, but with nothing on the horizon at the moment, the young Londoner may be back in the squad after sitting out the Spurs game completely.

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During the two most recent relegated seasons for Newcastle United, they've fared well against Cardiff.

The kick-off, against Cardiff City, is fast approaching.

The opening weekend of the Premier League is in the books and now attentions can turn to this Saturday's games. Warnock has always insisted his side will be the first team everyone expects to beat, but he has not added too much Premier League experience to rectify that. In the long run, it could be a hard season, but he will be hoping that the first game at home can swing his way.

Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier League fixtures. In the 2009/10 Championship campaign, the Toon won both matches.

The Toffees played for an hour with 10 men at Wolves last Saturday and still came away with a 2-2 draw thanks to a brace from £35 million man Richarlison, who could be fit to play despite limping off at Molineux.

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