QPR face a difficult test this weekend when they travel to the Welsh capital to face Cardiff City.
But what can the Hoops expect from the Bluebird? We asked Wales Online's Sports Video Producer Scott Trotter for the lowdown on Neil Warnock's side.
The Bluebirds have had a pretty active transfer window so far making eight signings. Warnock was typically frugal with the free signings of Lee Camp, Neil Etheridge, Callum Paterson, Loic Damour and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, with only a small outlay needed for Omar Bogle, Danny Ward and Lee Tomlin.
All this business, save for most recent signing Bogle and former Bristol-man Tomlin, was in place for Cardiff’s first friendly against Taff’s Well and as such the squad has had the best part of two months together.
The names might not scream class, apart from the flashes Tomlin showed at the likes of Middlesbrough, but Warnock addressed a lack of depth that was clearly present towards the end of last season.
Boy has that changed.
Results so far
Pundits and bookies across the board predicted that Cardiff would be in the bottom half of the table and that Midlands clubs Aston Villa and Wolverhampton and their elite superstars in John Terry and Ruben Neves would march to the title.
25-year- old Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who has spent most of his career in League One and League Two, showed them just how difficult the Championship can be, slotting in two goals in Cardiff’s 3-0 win over Villa and the winner against Wolves.
An opening day victory over Burton and 2-0 beating of Sheffield United has shown that while City don’t always play beautiful football, they’ve been industrious and effective so far.
How will they set up/ Key players?
Cardiff have adopted 3-4- 3,4-3- 3 and 4-2- 3-1 formations so far this season.
The former is perhaps a result of having three very good centre-halves in Bruno Manga, Sol Bamba and Sean Morrison and Warnock has a definite penchant for wingers in his teams.
I think the Yorkshireman will favour four at the back over the course of the campaign though, with player of the season Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls offering protection from midfield.
They'll be accompanied by Frenchman Damour or Tomlin will slot into the No.10 position when his match fitness improves.
City's real strength thus far has been the front three however.
Junior Hoilett has carried his fantastic form for Canada in the Gold Cup straight into the new season and Mendez-Laing's goal-scoring speaks for itself. Both players have been the perfect fit for the direct play on show, with both pace and guile.
The player that remains key to Cardiff' success is Kenneth Zohore. Despite only finding the net once so far, there's a reason Brighton and Hull have been linked to his signature.
The Dane is extremely hardworking and offers more to the team than goals. Unplayable in this division on his day.
No major news with injuries, Joe Bennett could potentially return at left back, but Camp, Paterson,
Rhys Healey and Kadeem Harris remain absent.
Predicted Starting XI: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Richards, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Damour, NML, Hoilett, Zohore.
Prediction - Cardiff City 2 QPR 0
Defeat in the Carabao Cup to Burton maybe have ended the team’s 100% record but I don’t see it affecting their performance on Saturday.
It was a much-rotated side and the Bluebirds only struggled past Portsmouth after extra time in the previous round before easing past Villa the following weekend.
While there seems to be resilience and a hardworking nature to Ian Hollway’s side not dissimilar to what we see from Cardiff, I think the Welsh team shade the affair in terms of overall quality.
I’m not sure the likes of Alex Baptiste and Nedum Onuoha will be able to contain Zohore for 90 minutes and fancy the 23-year-old to add to his tally at the Cardiff City Stadium.