Cardiff City host Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Bluebirds await their first victory of 2019.

The Bluebirds will be without Harry Arter, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, while captain Sean Morrison continues to miss out. Cardiff slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to Arsenal last time out but will hope to kick their season on before it is too late.

Here’s the how Cardiff City could lineup against the Cherries.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Neil Etheridge

Neil Etheridge (GK): A star man for the Bluebirds this season. He saved a Callum Wilson penalty in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.

Lee Peltier (RB): Experienced right back came into the side following the injury to Morrison and should retain his place on the right flank.

Bruno Ecuele Manga (CB): The Gabon captain has played the majority of the season at right back but moved into a central role due to injuries for the Bluebirds in his past two appearances.

Sol Bamba (CB): The veteran centre back has only missed one Premier League game since Cardiff were promoted last season. He has also popped up with two goals so far.

Joe Bennett (LB): Bennett is the only natural left back at the club at the moment and should make his 17th appearance of the season. 

2. Midfielders

Aron Gunnarsson

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (CM): He scored the late consolation goal against Arsenal last time out which should give him the opportunity to start this match. Mostly deployed on the wing, but could slot in on the right side of the three man midfield Cardiff have been playing recently.

Aron Gunnarsson (CM): The Icelandic midfielder has been at the club for almost nine years but has struggled for consistent performances since the side were promoted.

Joe Ralls (CM): Ralls has played 90 minutes in Cardiff’s last two fixtures. Harry Arter missing out should keep Ralls’ place in the starting lineup.

Bobby Reid (CAM): The summer signing has contributed two goals and two assists in the Premier League since his move from Bristol City.  

3. Forwards

Callum Paterson

Callum Paterson (ST): The Scot has played in a number of positions this season becoming an important versatile figure in the side. His past two games as seen him lead the line and should again on Saturday.

Oumar Niasse (ST): On loan from Everton until the end of the season, Niasse will be hoping to kick start his Cardiff career with an early goal in his third appearance.  


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