Cardiff City on course to reach Premier League
Bluebirds poised to secure promotion from the Championship
Cardiff City's 2-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday proves the Welsh outfit are not in the mood to miss out on promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Bluebirds have a history of promotion campaigns taking severe dips in form during the second-half of the season, and they have let a sizeable lead slip this year already.
However, they proved at Hillsborough that they are equipped to go all the way this season, despite not being at their most impressive.
The Championship this season - like every other season - is full of teams who are capable of beating each other. To be able to gain consistency in the league, there must be a strength to the core of the side, but more importantly stability. Cardiff have both of these as well as a sound defence and a flair in attack that can provide the edge over most sides.
They have an abundance of players who have plenty of experience both in the Championship and at a higher level. Players such as Craig Bellamy, Fraser Campbell, Heidar Helguson, Peter Whittingham and David Marshall are more than capable of guiding Cardiff through the remainder of this season to not only promotion, but also the Championship title.
Cardiff have recently been overshadowed by their Welsh rivals Swansea City. The Swans have become an established force in the Premier League with a string of impressive performances and have built strong foundations to their club, culminating in last month's Capital One Cup final triumph against Bradford City.
I am sure Cardiff are looking at their rivals down the M4 with a certain amount of jealousy and perhaps a touch of admiration. However, it looks likely they will be joining their rivals in the big time next season.
This season Cardiff are, crucially, equipped with the knowledge of how to win football matches and are capable of winning when not playing well.
A few event results may well have raised some concerns but I believe they have the experience to see them through these tricky last few games.
Cardiff are a club well-equipped for the Premier League thanks to their large fan base and new stadium. They have sacrificed a lot in trying to achieve promotion, not least their controversial decision to change their shirt colour.
That move attracted plenty of criticism, but by the end of this season I am sure it will have been worth it.
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