LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Bruno Ecuele Manga (L) celebrates the first goal for Cardiff City FC during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Cardiff City at The King Power Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Tottenham in the Premier League on Tuesday

Cardiff City host Tottenham at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday with Neil Warnock's side looking to begin the New Year in the same winning fashion in which they ended 2018.


The Bluebirds claimed a stunning 0-1 win away to Leicester in the Premier League in their final outing of the calendar year courtesy of a last gasp Victor Camarasa strike.


Hosting Tottenham on New Year's Day promises to be a more testing encounter, though Cardiff will take encouragement from the fact that Wolves managed to produce a shock win at Wembley to bring Spurs' year to an end in defeat.


Here is a selection of the strongest potential Cardiff lineup to take on Tottenham on New Year's Day.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Neil Etheridge (GK) - Having been one of the standout goalkeeping performers of the first half of the Premier League season, Etheridge has established a fine reputation in the top flight and is crucial to Cardiff's hopes of survival.


Bruno Escuele Manga (RB) - Cardiff performed with real resolve to halt an in-form Leicester City attack at the weekend and Manga was in good form as the right back managed to contain the tricky Demarai Gray on Leicester's left flank.


Sean Morrison (CB) - Facing Jamie Vardy was always likely to prove a tough task, with the England forward having scored the winner for Leicester against Chelsea recently, but captain Morrison organised his defence admirably at the King Power Stadium.


Sol Bamba (CB) - Bamba also put on a strong display at the weekend and will need to at least match that resolve as he and Cardiff's rear-guard come up against Harry Kane and co. on Tuesday.


Greg Cunningham (LB) - Irish full back Cunningham is also set for a stern test on the left hand side of defence, with the likes of Son Heung-min drifting in wide areas for the visitors and the overlapping runs of Spurs wing back Kieran Trippier to contend with.

2. Midfielders

Aron Gunnarsson (CDM) - Gunnarsson plays an important role between the lines for Cardiff as the midfield enforcer protecting his back line and will need to be in good form to stop the likes of Christian Eriksen pulling the strings for Tottenham on Tuesday.


Junior Hoilett (RM) - Offering pace, energy and a useful shooting range from the right flank, Hoilett could be one of Cardiff's main threats to a Tottenham defence in which the full backs are keen to push forward, potentially leaving space in behind for the winger to exploit.


Victor Camarasa (CM) - The hero of Cardiff's dramatic win at Leicester with a last-gasp strike to seal the win, Camarasa will go into the New Year on a high and will surely be a central figure as Cardiff look to compete with a strong Spurs midfield on Tuesday.


Harry Arter (CM) - Another whose bustling work rate and energy will be key to matching the power and energy of the visitors in midfield, Cardiff will need a big performance from Arter to ensure that the home side are not overrun by the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks.


Josh Murphy (LM) - With Spurs tending to play narrow in midfield and generally opting to push their full backs on to offer width going forward, Murphy may fancy his chances of getting in behind the attack-minded Kieran Trippier to cause the visitors some problems in defence.

3. Forward

Callum Paterson (ST) - With Kenneth Zohore still injured, Paterson is virtually assured to continue in leading the line for Cardiff on New Year's Day. With the Bluebirds' defence likely to sit deep against a Tottenham side which generally dominates in possession, Paterson could become isolated up front and may have to wait for chances on the counter attack.