Adrian Clarke looks at the tactical battles set to take place in Matchweek 2.
Both teams rely on their wingers for creativity, dynamism and end product.
When this happened last season, Neil Warnock’s men were direct and incisive.
They moved the ball up the pitch at a direct speed of 2.2 metres per second, a rate way in excess of the 1.6 metres per second averaged in the Premier League.
This trend continued in Matchweek 1 with 27 per cent of Cardiff’s passes against AFC Bournemouth measuring as long.
They will look to switch defence to attack as quickly as possible in this their first home match.
If swift breakaways can stretch Newcastle and drag their centre-backs towards the flanks, their two wingers could be match-winners.
Out of possession Cardiff also ask a lot of Hoilett and Mendez-Laing.
Warnock’s wide forwards are instructed to drop into the full-back areas to help form a six-man defence.
They often cover the full length of the pitch as shown in the image below of their touch maps at Vitality Stadium last weekend.
Unfortunately for Cardiff, PL teams are more adept at exploiting such things.
Thanks to excellent movement, speed of thought, and good pass quality, AFC Bournemouth’s forwards had success with runs into the channels vacated by Bennett and Peltier.
With the full-backs dragged inside, Callum Wilson wreaked havoc by spinning into wide areas and scored, assisted as well as winning a penalty.
It is too early to suggest this approach from Cardiff will not be successful in the Premier League but it will be far harder to successfully replicate.
Attacks are executed with greater speed, movement and precision at this level so if their wide forwards are not in position early enough to supply cover, problems will occur.
Newcastle have players who can trouble Cardiff in this facet of play.
To gain a positive result Cardiff must learn from the difficulties they faced down the wings at Vitality Stadium.
Then they should find a way to make their own wide players the central figures.