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Cardiff City’s first home game in the Premier League see them face one of the league’s shining lights, Manchester City.
After their nervous opening away to West Ham last weekend Cardiff manager Malkay MacKay will hope that the familiar surroundings of Cardiff City Stadium can inspire an historic first ever Premier League point.
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Scot will be acutely aware that his sides hopes for survival rests on their home form and has called on the club’s fans to create an intimating atmosphere for visiting sides.
“We’ve got to make sure that any team that comes down to our stadium knows it’s going to be a tough ask for them,” said Malky. “I don’t doubt the support our fans will give us this season and the ferocity of their support and passion for our club.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve got the Barclays Premier League kicking off in our home stadium and for everyone at Cardiff and associated with the club. We’re very proud that we’re here and I’ve got no doubt that our fans will be passionate and supportive of everything we do this season.
“The way our stadium is will lend itself to noise like it did last season. We’ve got top, top teams coming to play us this season and it’ll be a real test for us but we’re relishing that challenge.”
City began their season in style with a comfortable 4-0 win over Newcastle but victory came at a price following the new that influential Vincent Kompany is set for a month on the sidelines.
The Belgian defender suffered a groin strain and was forced off after 70 minutes. Matija Nastastic, the versatile Javi Garcia and forgotten man Derek Boyata are all vying for a start alongside Joleon Lescott.
Micah Richard, linked with a move to Arsenal, is struggling with a knock and won’t feature but summer signing Stevan Jovetic is likely to be involved after overcoming a hamstring strain.
Cardiff meanwhile will hand a debut to summer signing Andreas Cornelius after he missed the clash with West Ham due to an ankle injury.
Andrew Taylor returns from suspension to take the place of teenager Derek John while John Brayford is pushing Matthew Connolly hard for the right back position with MacKay set to make a late decision to which of the two starts.