Cardiff City suffered an immediate return to the Championship after just a single season in the top flight. Goals were the problem for the South Wales club, with only forward Bobby Reid and on-loan midfielder Victor Camarasa making it to 5. Despite this, they did record 10 wins, more than the likes of Southampton and Brighton.
Neil Warnock must address this area if they are to launch a bid to go back up again, as well as address the loss of midfielders Camarasa and Gunnarsson. Solid and composed at the back, they must build on this strength going forward.
Cardiff City Fixture Difficulty
Cardiff enjoy a relatively light start to the campaign, starting out with an away trip to Wigan, then a home game against Luton, an away trip to Reading then away again to Blackburn, a game which comes sandwiched between both of last seasons fellow Premier League relegation victims, entertaining Huddersfield at the Cardiff City Stadium and a trip to Fulham.
Cardiff City Penalty Takers
Both Bobby Reid and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing converted their single penalty last season, with Joe Ralls having his saved.
Cardiff City EFL Fantasy Picks
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge played every game of the Premier League season, keeping 10 clean sheets. In front of him at the heart of the defence is captain Sean Morrison and Ecuele Manga, both tough-tackling, no-nonsense players with an aerial threat from set-pieces.
Cardiff City Predicted Lineup
4-2-3-1: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Ralls, Vaulks; Mendez-Laing, Reid, Murphy; Bogle