Preview: Cardiff City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Preview: Cardiff vs. Wolves
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Wolverhampton Wanderers' visit to Cardiff City, with both teams aiming to move out of the Championship's bottom half.

Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers will both be aiming to move out of the Championship's bottom half and into the playoff places with a win at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

The hosts will be without talisman Craig Bellamy. The 33-year-old Wales international forward missed the 4-2 defeat to Bristol City last weekend with a calf problem and he is not expected to return for another two weeks.

Meanwhile, defender Ben Turner, who also missed the game at Ashton Gate, is fit again after recovering from a foot injury.

New signings Craig Noone and Kim Bo-Kyung are both available for selection and could make their debuts following moves from Brighton & Hove Albion and Cerezo Osaka respectively.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken made nine changes for Thursday night's 3-1 win at Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup.

The Norwegian will revert to his strongest possible starting XI for the visit to Cardiff. That should mean recalls for Stephen Ward, Roger Johnson, Christophe Berra, Ronald Zubar and Kevin Doyle.

Midfielder Bakary Sako could be in line to make his first start for the club after impressing as a substitute at Northampton.

Captain Karl Henry will undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring complaint.

Possible Lineups:

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Cowie, Smith, Bo-Kyung, Mutch, Helguson

Wolves: Ikeme; Ward, Johnson, Berra, Zubar; Edwards, Peszko, Sako, Doumbia; Ebanks-Blake, Doyle

Sports Mole says: 2-2

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