Norwich City boss Lambert to keep an eye on Cardiff
Paul Lambert and his coaching team will be more than interested spectators tonight when their next opponents Cardiff City travel to Leeds.
The Canaries make their first trip to Cardiff's new stadium at the weekend to face a side just two places and three points above them in the Championship.
Cardiff have won four and drawn one of their last five games but these are testing times – the trip to Leeds followed by home games against Norwich and third-placed Swansea is guaranteed to shake things up at the top end of the table.
Manager Dave Jones heads to Yorkshire with just about all his big guns – Craig Bellamy, Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham – fit and available.
Bellamy's arrival on loan from Manchester City immediately put Cardiff right in the frame for promotion – and winger Chris Burke believes the Bluebirds are now beginning to show true class.
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'We are only 12 games into the new Championship season and still learning about each others strengths,' he said.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson could be tempted to make one or two changes after the poor display in the home defeat to Leicester last week. That could mean a debut for Billy Paynter – a summer signing from Swindon – although Grayson says he has a lot to do if he is to displace Luciano Becchio or Davide Somma.
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'With Billy, we'll see where we are and if we think he's ready then we could possibly put him into the squad (against Cardiff City),' said Grayson.