Wigan Athletic v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 03 August 2019 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphpF95D.tmpCardiff start the season as one of the favourites for promotion. They open their campaign in the North West at Wigan Athletic.

New striker Robert Glatzel is suspended for the match after being red-carded at the end of last season. He received a two match ban. He missed Heidenheim's final game last season and the ban carries over to this season and he sits out today's game.

Wigan Athletic are set to hand debuts to midfielder Joe Williams and teenage wing-back Dujon Sterling, who has joined on a season loan from Chelsea.

Fellow summer signings, goalkeeper David Marshall and midfielder Lewis Macleod, are also in line for debuts.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is eyeing a ninth promotion and has new faces Gavin Whyte, Aden Flint, Curtis Nelson and Will Vaulks available.

Defender Sol Bamba (knee) is out and striker Gary Madine is a doubt after coming off the pitch early last weekend in the victory over Nice.

Cardiff have been chosen by many of the media outlets as a top six side at the very least. Leeds and Fulham are being predicted to be top two.

With WBA, Derby and maybe Stoke this time tipped to do well it's going to be a very interesting and competetive Championship.