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


Warnock's sides always work hard and stay organised, so Newcastle must be clinical when they get chances; Rondon will certainly help in that regard, but Benitez was left frustrated last weekend because they did not manage to snatch an equaliser against Spurs despite hitting the woodwork twice.

"Funnily enough I was talking to (former Liverpool striker) Craig Bellamy at the academy this morning", Warnock said at his pre-match press conference.

"It's all water under the bridge now, life's too short".

"He's in his previous year now, so it'll be interesting to see how that develops because I'm sure worldwide he will be targeted".

"If you look at their squad and their players, they've improved from last year and they finished 10th last year".

During the two most recent relegated seasons for Newcastle United, they've fared well against Cardiff. "I think that's a bit tongue-in-cheek and I think Mike Ashley is an easy target "let's blame him".

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Neil Warnock is meanwhile still without Aron Gunnarsson due to a knee injury and Kenneth Zohore is facing a late fitness test whilst new signing Harry Arter is expected to make his Cardiff bow after being ineligible for last weekend's opener against his parent club, Bournemouth.

Ten is also a magic number for Newcastle, incredibly the Magpies have won their last 10 league games against Cardiff, winning 2-0 away and 2-1 at home in the 2016/17 Championship season, as well as 3-0 at home and 2-1 away in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

"Everything's been said about what happened and we've met a few times since". We had some gaps we needed to fill - the team is better. "But we were in the game right until the end at Bournemouth, and despite the criticism I was quite pleased with it".

Well, that's no surprise in itself, but the Cardiff City boss holds a significant negativity towards Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, and the pair do battle in south Wales in Saturday's Premier League early kick-off.

"It's a two-way thing now and I want to repay the fans by having some enjoyment".