After a long (and not so proud) history of choking, Cardiff finally made it to the Premier League last season. The runaway winners of the Championship have splashed the cash in order to stay up, with at least £28m spent so far. £7.5m of that was spent on striker Andreas Cornelius, who will look to add some goals to the team, with last season’s top scorer Heidar Helguson netting only 8 times before retiring at the end of the season. With the pressure of Swansea’s achievements on their shoulders, Cardiff will want to get off to a positive with winnable games against West Ham, Hull and Fulham in the first 6 games.
Key Player: Peter Whittingham. The ex-Villa youngster was Cardiff’s joint top scorer last season, and has been a key player for the Bluebird’s since he joined in 2007. Having been named the ‘Best player outside the Premier League’ in 2012 by FourFourTwo, the set piece specialist can play anywhere in the midfield, and will be relied upon to keep morale high during a difficult campaign.
One to Watch: Andreas Cornelius. The Dane briefly became Cardiff’s record signing this summer for £7.5m. The youngster is technically gifted for a big man, so he’s no lump up front. That’s backed up by his 18 goals last season for FC Copenhagen and his 7 Denmark caps.