Cardiff v Burnley preview: Neil Warnock urges Bluebirds to 'hang in there' after winless start
Cardiff host Burnley live on Super Sunday with coverage starting at 3.30pm
Last Updated: 30/09/18 2:28pm
Neil Warnock has urged his Cardiff side to "hang in there" after their winless start to the Premier League season.
Cardiff head into a crunch visit from Burnley, live on Super Sunday, joint-bottom with just two points from six games and fresh from 4-1 and 5-0 defeats by Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
The Bluebirds are unbeaten in 13 matches against the Clarets in all competitions but they are winless in seven games in all competitions so far this season.
"The fixture list has not been kind to us, the first 10 games we play seven of the top teams from last year," manager Warnock said.
"It is a little bit cruel on us, but we just have to hang in there.
"Apart from playing the top six, anything is winnable in this league and Burnley fall into that category."
Burnley are aiming for back-to-back league wins for the first time since April as they head to Wales and a first away Premier League success against a promoted club.
The Clarets suffered a midweek Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Sky Bet League One outfit Burton Albion, and Sean Dyche knows the trip to Cardiff is the perfect opportunity to improve his side's poor form on the road.
Lee Peltier starts a lengthy spell on the sidelines as Cardiff host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
The defender is facing two to three months out after dislocating a shoulder against Manchester City last weekend, but the defender will not require an operation as the injury will heal naturally.
Aron Gunnarsson (knee) remains out, but Sol Bamba is expected to return in defence with Bruno Ecuele Manga moving to right back in Peltier's absence.
Burnley are likely to be without Robbie Brady as he continues to build up his fitness while Ben Gibson remains out (hernia). Nick Pope is the only other long-term absentee as he continues to recover from a dislocated shoulder.
- This will be the first top-flight meeting between Cardiff City and Burnley since March 1962 when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
- Cardiff are unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions against Burnley (W4 D9), since a 0-2 loss at Turf Moor in April 2007.
- Burnley haven't won away from home against Cardiff in any competition since April 2000, going 11 matches without a win (D3 L8).
- Cardiff are winless in 10 Premier League games (D3 L7), losing the last three in a row by an aggregate score of 3-12.
- Burnley have never won a Premier League away game against a promoted side before, losing five and drawing six of their 11 such games.
- Burnley forward Ashley Barnes' two goals against Bournemouth in his last match took him ahead of Paul Scharner as the second highest Austrian goalscorer in Premier League history (22 goals, behind Marko Arnautovic on 36).
- Burnley boss Sean Dyche has met Cardiff five times previously as a manager in league competition, with all five finishing as draws (twice with Watford, three times with Burnley).
Burnley last week shocked me. I thought they were struggling, looked tired, they were well beaten at Wolves and then against Bournemouth, they just wiped the floor with them. It shows the attitude of the players, that's really strong stuff to do what they did under pressure. I think it has got their season back on track and they'll be hard to beat again.
I think they'd rather be in the Europa League but they started the season early and had some big games. They got well beaten at Wolves but to come back and play against a team who are flying when they were struggling and do what they did, it shows a strong mentality from all the players.
Cardiff have to win this game, it's as simple as that otherwise - and I know it's only early doors - but they'll be well in trouble.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (11/1 with Sky Bet)