Stoke v Cardiff. Preview

Last updated : 30 October 2021 By Michael Morris

Interim boss Steve Morison begins his stint in charge of the first team with an away game at Stoke City. A tough start but Stoke have lost their last three in the League. 0 - 0 anyone? Cardiff have still not scored in the first half of a League game all season.


For the hosts, Wales international Joe Allen is available for the Bluebirds' visit.

Sam Clucas remains a doubt with a quad injury and will be assessed in the build-up to the match. 

Alfie Doughty, Nick Powell and Morgan Fox are all on the injury list and will miss out.

Cardiff are facing a real headache in terms of injuries for the trip to Stoke.

Tom Sang is unavailable owing to aggravating that big toe on which he had surgery during pre-season, however the midfield looks particularly sparse.

Marlon Pack is suspended for the game following his fifth booking of the season in the Middlesbrough defeat last weekend, while Joe Ralls is still struggling with a collarbone problem he sustained against Swansea City.

To compound the above, both Leandro Bacuna and Sam Bowen are major doubts for the clash at the bet365 Stadium.

Match facts

  • Stoke have won one of their last six league matches against Cardiff City (D3 L2), winning 2-0 in February 2020.
  • Cardiff are looking to win consecutive away league games against Stoke City for the first time since a run of three between 2003 and 2005.
  • Stoke have lost their last three league matches, more than in their other 11 games beforehand this season (2). They last suffered four straight defeats in the league between August and September 2019.
  • Cardiff, who sacked Mick McCarthy after their loss at home to Middlesbrough last week, are looking to avoid becoming the first Championship side since Rotherham to lose nine straight league matches, who did so between February and April 2017 (10).
  • Cardiff have failed to score in the league this month (P4 L4). However, only Middlesbrough (76) and Fulham (63) have had more shots than Cardiff’s 61 during that time with Boro scoring six and the Cottagers netting 11 in comparison.

Match Officials:

Assistants: Wade Smith and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official : Scott Oldham