Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle vs. Cardiff City

Match Preview | Plymouth Argyle vs. Cardiff City

Match Previews
Cardiff City travel to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park on Saturday, January 20th, 3pm KO.

Tickets for away supporters are sold out for this fixture. Thank you for your brilliant support, Bluebirds!

Ian Foster on the touchline for Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle’s head coach is Ian Foster, who was appointed earlier this month following Steven Schumacher’s move to Stoke City.

During his playing career, Foster represented the likes of Hereford United, Barrow, Kidderminster Harriers and Chester City, operating as a striker.

Since switching to management with Galway United in 2009, the 47-year old has also held positions with Dundalk and England’s U18, U19 & U20 sides.

His opening two games in charge of the Pilgrims have resulted in one win and a draw, making an unbeaten start.

Finn Azaz in action for Plymouth Argyle

The Pilgrims have lost some key players in the January transfer window.

Playmaker Finn Azaz was recalled from his loan spell by Aston Villa, before signing for Middlesbrough on a permanent deal.

Another key man, Luke Cundle, was also recalled, returning to Wolves and moving to Stoke City on loan.

Right-back Kaine Kesler-Hayden has also returned to Aston Villa after being a regular starter for Argyle this season.

As for incomings, a trio of loan deals have been completed for Tottenham Hotspur’s Ashley Phillips and Alfie Devine, along with midfielder Darko Gyabi from Leeds United.

The Pilgrims have also signed Matthew Sorinola on a permanent transfer, having most recently played for Belgian side Union SG.

Morgan Whittaker in action for Plymouth Argyle

Argyle’s top scorer this season is Morgan Whittaker, who made a permanent move to the club from Swansea City last summer.

The attacker spent the first half of last term on loan with the Pilgrims and netted nine goals in League One.

His form has continued this season, recording 15 goals and five assists in all competitions this campaign.

The 23-year-old averages a goal every 160 minutes, with a shot accuracy of 57%.

Craig Noone in action for Cardiff City

Having started his career in non-league, winger Craig Noone moved to Plymouth Argyle from Southport in 2008.

Making an impression during his three-year spell with the Pilgrims, his time at Argyle was the catalyst for an impressive career.

Signing for Brighton and Hove Albion in 2011, Noone spent just one campaign at the club prior to becoming a Bluebird the following year.

Making his debut in a 3-1 win over Wolves, the winger quickly became a popular figure in the Welsh capital.

Noone was an integral part of the side that achieved promotion to the Premier League as second-tier champions in the 2012/13 season.