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An Interview With A Cardiff Fan

A top six clash against Cardiff awaits us in our next match, so it was Vital surfing time again.

With thanks to Bluebirdshroom of Vital Cardiff.

1) What are your hopes for this season and do you see yourself finishing in first place?

Pre-season expectations were for another play-off challenge if I'm honest - but the signings we made seemed good and given that we have been right up there Aug-Dec then we have to say automatic promotion is a realistic ambition. Unfortunately we always find a way to 'do a Cardiff'. I really don't care about 1st place but automatic promotion would clearly be so much more appealing than more play-off misery!

2) Any highlights to speak of from pre season or the league?

Craig Noone has been a revelation. He's by no means the finished article but he gives us that bit of unpredictability we had lacked. I look forward to seeing him continue to wreak havoc over the coming months.

3) Any weaknesses that we can take advantage of - hints welcome!

Take your pick! We have mental flaws, but the real worry for us is the central midfield area. I just don't see how a midfield duo of Whittingham and Don Cowie can work. Neither is a natural central player in a 4-4-2 but you can accommodate Whittingham due to his class and ability to dictate. Jordon Mutch or Aron Gunnarsson would be much better partners in my opinion but it's Cowie who has been starting there.

4) Who is your dangerman and are their any new additions we should look out for?

You won't have played against Kim Bo Kyung before and the South Korean midfielder is a bit of an enigma. He barely played for months as he gained fitness and language skills but has been around the first team for a few games now. Sometimes he oozes class and looks dangerous - other times he seems easily outmuscled and makes little impact. As for dangerman, that's Whittingham. He can hurt you in so many areas but any opposition managers will be desperately trying to stop giving away fouls/corners.

5) Where do you see Leicester finishing this time round and do you think Nigel Pearson is the man to take us up?

I spoke to a LCFC fan earlier this season but was ridiculed when I stated the Foxes should go up. Personally I think you should having spent money and now had the time to blend that into a team. I can't say Pearson is one of my highest ranked managers but there's no doubt he is solid enough and deserves the chance.

6) If you could sign one of our players, who would it be?

Given our lack of options at the moment I'd like to see Ritchie De Laet at Cardiff. He's impressed when I've seen him.

7) Where do you see our main threat?

Knockaert seems a real threat, but I don't know enough about him in truth. In truth, I'll be really annoyed if/when Andy King makes another late run in the box and gets a free header to score. Enough already for King.

8) Where do you think our main weakness lies?

I think the worry for Leicester is if you solely play your own game. I'm not saying Cardiff are a better side, but we have the quality to make any opportunity count through Bellamy, Whittingham etc. If we get the first chance, it suits us to defend well and exploit the gaps. If LCFC set-out to deliberately nullify our best players-we will struggle. That said, I think CCFC will look to pull Wes Morgan out-of-position through Bellamy and Noone - Morgan is a very good central defender but looks completely different when forced to turn or move wide.

9) Which way will the game go, a prediction please...

We don't get many draws but I'd definitely take one here! I think a draw suits both teams so 1-1 would be OK. Cardiff need to avoid defeat as back-to-back losses before Palace and in-form Millwall could be a major blow for us!

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Date:Thursday December 20 2012

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